Native Romanian shepherd dog breeds have existed for centuries, but they were not officially recognized until very recently. The FCI General Assembly ratified the standard in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005.

Carpathian shepherd dog Breed information

Other Names


Carpatin, Romanian Carpathian Shepherd, Carpathian Sheepdog, Carpatin, Romanian Carpatin Herder, Rumanian Carpathian

Devoted- courageous- well balanced - instinctive- calm

25 to 29 inches

32 to 45 kg (70 to 100 lb)

Rough, abundant and straight


sandy (wolfish), with various shades more often lighter on the sides and darker over the body; sandy (wolfish) with white spots.
Life Span

12 to 14 years.

Carpatian Shepherd Dog Breed Info

A very devoted, well-mannered, courageous dog, it has been said to battle bears in an attempt to protect flocks of sheep or his master from harm. Relatively large-sized dog, agile, never heavy, the general appearance being that of a vigorous dogs. Born as a watchdog, it is remarkable for its instinctive, unconditioned devotion to the flocks and its master. It is a dignified, calm and well-balanced dog.

Historically These dogs were used as a Herding dog used by Romanian shepherds in the Carpathian mountains for centuries to defend the herds while, at the same time, these dogs are also an excellent guard dog.

Special Characteristics: A natural guardian and courageous.

Exercise Requirements: High. They need a job to be happy.

Perfect Owner: Anyone with plenty of space around them. The person should be a natural leader and living in a cold environment

Nature Towards…


Loyal and Devoted.

Other Pets

Good if raised together

distrustful of strangers.
can be problematic
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Potential Problems

  • Lack of Leadership can cause this dog to become unmanageable and aggresive.
  • Requires regular grooming


The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog was selected from an endemic breed present in the Carpatho-Danubian area. For centuries the principle criteria for selection has been utilisation, this dog having conserved its character intact to the present day.

The first standard was written in 1934 by the National Institute of Zootechny. This standard was modified and updated in 1982, 1999 and 2001 by the Romanian Cynological Association. The Technical Committee of the R.C.A. adapted the standard on 30.03.2002 to conform to the model proposed by the F.C.I.