Carpathian Shepherd

Carpathian Shepherd

Last updated: Sep 07 2023

Carpathian Shepherd is a large dog originating from the Carpathian Mountains. They are extremely brave and courageous dogs that were used to fight predators. Today these dogs are still used for work purposes but the number of dogs that are family pets is increasing in their native land. Outside Romania, Carpathian Shepherds are still fairly rare dogs.

Carpathian Shepherds have a lot of energy and they require regular activity to be happy and satisfied. These dogs require a firm owner who will know how to control such a big dog. Without proper socialization, you could have a lot of problems with this dog. Because of that, they are not suited for first-time owners.

Carpathian Shepherd


23-29 in (59-73 cm)

Carpathian Shepherd


71–176 lb (32–80 kg)

Carpathian Shepherd



Carpathian Shepherd

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Carpathian Shepherds have a straight, harsh, and dense outer coat and a dense and soft undercoat. With these dogs, regular brushing is a must to remove the dead hair from the dog and to keep their coat without mats and tangles.

Carpathian Shepherd coat colors:

  • Pale fawn overlaid with black

Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Ensure you use products that are made especially for dogs, as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally. A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk. Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal.


These are active dogs that require proper activity to be happy. If you provide them with enough exercise, you don’t have to worry that your dog will misbehave. They do best in a large yard where they can patrol.


To prevent your dog from being pushy or dominant, you must start with training and socialization early. Carpathian Shepherds are highly intelligent dogs, but they are also independent and willful. In many cases, they will be stubborn, and to secure a well-rounded dog, you must start with socialization early. Without the right training, they can become destructive, and you can have a lot of problems.

Carpathian Shepherd and kids

As a pet, the Carpathian Shepherd can be wonderful. They get along great with all family members and love spending time with them.

Children should never be left alone with any dog, no matter what breed. You should make sure that your children understand how to approach dogs of this breed and understand how to interact and play with them properly.

Carpathian Shepherd and other animals

With proper socialization, they can get along with other dogs in the house, but there is a possibility that these dogs will never get along with other strange dogs.


Carpathian Shepherds have a life expectancy of 12-14 years. They are generally healthy dogs but they can be prone to some health problems. These problems include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Bloat

To be sure that your dog will not develop any inherited diseases, we advise you to only buy it from a responsible and official dog breeder. Those breeders regularly perform various health tests on their breeding dogs so they can be sure that their puppies will not develop inherited problems.

Carpathian Shepherd breeders

Carpathian Shepherd is not a very popular dog across the world, so you must be patient if you want to get this dog. When trying to find Carpathian Shepherd breeders take your time and explore all your options.

We advise you only to search and contact official and responsible dog breeders because if you do so, you can be sure that your future puppy will have the best possible start in life  - good and responsible breeders take good care of their dogs and provide them with everything they need.

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Updated at07.09.2023.