The breed was formerly known as Illyrian Shepherd dog before it was renamed in 1957. Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog is a breed of Antiquity, believed by many to be one of, if not the oldest true Molosser in the World. The Sharplanina is a close relative of all Balkan dogs, from Slovenia to Greece, as well as the Caucasian, Turkish and Central Asian sheepdogs.

Breed Info

Life Expectancy:11-13 years


Weight:30-45 kg (66-99 Ib)

Height:58-62 cm (23-24 in)

FCI:Group 2, Section 2.2 Molossian: Mountain type #041

Colour:Fawn, iron grey, white or almost black, sable or gray with darker "overalls" on the head and back, the undercoat being paler

Character:Independent, reliable, protective but not snappy, incorruptible and devoted to its owner