Saturday, December 31, 2011

Macedonian shepherd dog. 2011

On November 4, 2011, Macedonia Post issued the stamp features the shepherd dog of Macedonia, Sharplaninec. The only one stamp issued.
The Sharplaninec is an ancient livestock guarding breed from the mountain region of Macedonia,Shar Planina.
The    Macedonian  Shepherd  Dog  was named  Sharplaninec because  its most habitat in Shar Planina mountain. The Sharplaninec was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.
The Sharplaninec is a medium-sized dog with heavy bone and thick coat. Any solid colour is acceptable but the most common is an iron gray. The length of body is slightly longer than its height at the withers, and the head is in proportion to the size of the body. Ears are drop and V-shaped and the tail is long and carried like a saber.
The Sharplaninec should be evaluated as a working livestock guardian capable of protecting stock in mountainous terrain, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog's ability to work.
The Sharplaninec is characterized by extraordinary strength and large teeth, making it a formidable adversary of predatory animals. This breed has a typical livestock guarding temperament: highly intelligent and independent; devoted to family members and wary of strangers; calm and steady but fearless and quick to react to perceived threats.

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