The Mioritic is a breed of large sheep dogs that originated in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.
Appearance: The Mioritic stands about 65-75 cm tall at the withers and weighs 50-60 kg. This massive dog is covered in thick fluffy hair. They look like mops/huge teddy bears. The Mioritic Sheepdog has a massive body that is fully covered with abundant long and fluffy, light colored hair. The head is massive; the skull is broad, slightly arched; the stop is not clearly marked; the muzzle is strong, tapering gradually on to the nose; length of the muzzle shorter than the length of the skull. The occipital bone is large and pronounced.
The nose is well developed, broad and black. Strong and complete scissors bite. The ears are not very big, set on rather high, triangular, hanging on each side of the head. The eyes are medium size, slightly oval shaped, amber or hazel color. The neck is muscular and massive, medium length. The body is rectangular, moderated length; the back is firm, broad and muscled; loins are broad, the croup is not falling away. Brisket is broad and deep, reaching to the elbows; the chest is broad, moderately pronounced. The shoulders are broad, angle between schooled blade and upper arm is approximately 100o; the elbows are massive, arched, in the same plane with the flanks; the forearm is straight, very vigorous with oval, massive and compact toes.
Seen from any angle, the forearms are straight, vertically placed on the ground. Seen from the rear, the hind legs are parallel. Seen from side, the angulation from upper to lower thigh is well marked; both upper and lower thigh are long and muscled; hock joints are not very high, hock is almost perpendicular on the ground; hind feet oval, well developed, with compact toes. The tail is set on high; in repose hanging down, reaching to the hocks; the tip of the tail is lightly curved. When the dog is in action, the tail is carried high, up to the height of the back but without being bent over it.
The coat is long and abundant hair, covering the entire body, including the head and the feet; Top coat slightly wavy, rough, long, measuring 3.15-6.3 inch (8-16 cm); the undercoat is dense and smooth. The basic color is usually white, lightly cream or pale gray, sometimes with patches of these colors. The gray colored skin is preferred. It is entirely possible for one litter to have a mix of pure white and grey/white dogs. The ears and tail may be cropped.
Temperament: This breed has one of the best personalities, which recommends this breed as a good choice for many owners. The Mioritic Sheepdog is vivid and balanced; alert and vigilant, disciplined and very attached to the owner, but suspicious with strangers. Fearless and very courageous, he is the perfect protector of his owner and the herds. He is a vigilant, courageous and aggressive dog, though he obeys his owner with calm and discipline.
It is an excellent flock dog, incorruptible guard and a wonderful pet. It is a calm and well-balanced dog. It is very good for flocks guard, very brave and an efficient fighter against possible attackers (bear, wolf, lynx). It is not trustworthy with unknown people. It loves children very much.
The Mioritic has discipline as one of their main characteristics. It is a calm and well-mannered dog. As this dog was used as a herd protector, he is very attached to family and goes all the way when protecting those he is attached to. Because of this dog’s ability to bond strongly with his master, Mioritic dog training should only be started once the Mioritic puppy is already accustomed to the owner/trainer. The combined strength and loyalty of the Mioritic recommend the breed as a good choice for guard dogs, pets, and flock dogs.
History: The breed was officially recognized by the FCI in 2005. This large size shepherd dog originated Carpathian mountains in Romania. Shepherd dog Mioritic was selected out of a natural breed that exists in the Carpathians, the main reason being it’s utility. Thanks to its vigorous appearance, this breed has many fans in Romania. The standard was elaborated by The Asociatia Chinologica Romana (Romanian Kennel Club) in 1981. The technical commission of A.Ch.R (R.K.C) has adapted and revised the standard on 29th of February 2002, according to the pattern made by F.C.I. at Jerusalem.
Health: The breed has a life expectancy of about 12-14 years. An adult Mioritic Sheepdog needs plenty of space to run around with a large back yard. They love to play, just let them outside.