Romanian Carpathian Shepherd


Romanian Carpathian Shepherd - Group I. - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs Section 1 - Sheepdogs. Recognized in 2005.

General Appearance:

The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd dog is inherently brave, outstanding defender, instinctively and without guarding and it is defending the territory entrusted to dog, and the owner´s herd. It is calm and reliable, act with dignity. Not easily provoked, if it chooses to intervene, it is extremely fierce. Its behaviour has its roots in the past.


Owner must be experienced, calm and consistent who never forgets the essential early socializing and that its education must be gently but fierce consistent. Otherwise, the individual could be annoying, even aggressive. The owner must have the authority, which is able to subtly promote at all times. Negotiations must be consistent. It is appropriately independent and quite rightly confident. It must be perfectly controllable even in adulthood. Therefore, the owner must be also "pack leader".

Utilization today can due to its ability protect flocks of sheep. It can also operate as totally reliable, most vigorous and incorruptible guard of house and garden or object. It should be observed even in detail, e.g. that dog on leash it must never walk in front of the owner, but at owner´s side or half a step behind.


This is a big, strong, moving, energetic dog rectangular body frame with a massive and deep chest and broad gently sloping croup. Ideal height at withers should be, male is 65 to 73 cm, female is 59 to 67 cm, but the overall impression given by an individual act is always more important than absolute size.

The head should be Lupus type (reminiscent of a wolf), with medium length skull, generally strong but not too heavy. The skull should be wide front grille and slightly arched above. To the front slope markedly narrows. Longitudinal front furrow should be long enough apparently. Muzzle is frustoconical in shape.  It is strong and approximately oval. The nose should be large, wide, always black coloured.

Lips are thick, fully pigmented edges. Fit tightly in the corners of the mouth, perfectly covering the teeth. Jaw must be well developed, strong and solid. The teeth are large, scissor bite is required. Chasers are arranged in an arc of light, because the jaws must be quite broad.

Cheeks should be dry, formed strong muscles. The eyes are almond shaped, slightly oblique, not too big. They have a dark brown colour. The rims are black.

Ears should not be too large. They have a triangular shape with slightly rounded tops and are set slightly above the eye line, suspended and closely adjacent to the cheek.

The neck is muscular, very strong, of medium length. The body must be stout, thick, slightly elongated. Its top line should be straight, strong, slightly tap a protruding.

The back is straight, strong and muscular shoulders are strong, well muscled, croup is broad and appropriately muscular, medium length, slightly sloping.

The tail is relatively high, heavily furred, it is carried hanging down, straight or slightly sabre upward curved, reaching the hock. In the motion, and in the heat of passion is slightly raised above the topline of the body, but they should never be curled into a circle or coiled and attached to the stern.

The chest should be adequately spacious, fairly broad. Ribs must be strong and well arched. The forelegs have strong bones and straight, vertical to ground. Shoulders are strong and moderately oblique, elbows close to the body. Forearms are straight, strong and oval pasterns should be short, slightly slanted. Feet are oval shaped, powerful and compact. Nails may be ashen gray or black.

The hindquarters must be flat and perpendicular to the base, muscular, strong bones, moderate angulations. The thighs should be broad and very muscular, legs strong, very muscular, of appropriate length. Hock require solid, tarsus must be fixed vertical to ground. Fingers should be arched, close. Dewclaws, if developed, may be removed. The pads are resilient and resistant. The movement should be free, meaty, crisp and utterly confident.

The top coat is rough, thick, straight undercoat soft and dense. With the exception of the head and front of legs where the hair is short and adjacent, coat over the body a long, rich. Neck, back of the legs and tail the hair is longest. Coat colour is required wolf, a different hue, is usually darker on the top side of the body and lighter on the sides and belly. Allowable characters are white, but they cannot prevail.

Faults are considered any deviation from the requirements of the standard, while their severity is assessed according to their statement. Among the disqualifying defects belong overly aggressive, shy or lethargic, strikingly atypical appearance reminiscent shorthair dogs Dogue type of English Mastiff, the absence of one third premolar (P3) and one other tooth absence canine, absence of a fourth premolar (P4), the absence of some stools (M), absence of three or more teeth (except the first premolars P1), overshot or undershot jaw, even bite, too light bone, insufficiently developed chest, lack of undercoat, other than short hair on the face and on the end portions of the limbs , hair curly, shaggy, wiry, long, limp, silky, forming a parting extending through the centre of the back, pronounced de-pigmentation of the eyelids, nose, skin and lip edges, light-coloured eyes, the coat colour brown, brindle, yellow or mottled height at the withers , male is less than 62 cm and female is under 58 cm.