Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog
|Other names||Corb Shepherd|
|Breed status||Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.|
|Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog is a natural breed originating in the Meridional Carpathian and Subcarpathian areal (Dambovita, Arges, Prahova, Brasov). In these places, these mountain dogs are highly appreciated and used as watchdogs for properties and cattle herds. The name "corb" means "raven" and comes from its fur, which is clear black.
It was framed in the second group from dog breeds - Pinscher and Schanuzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, section 2.2 Molossoid Breeds - Mountain type.
The Romanian Raven Corb shepherd is a large-sized, strong, robust, and imposing breed of dog. The body is massive and sturdy, rectangular, rather long, a bit tall, and has a strong skeleton with a wide-tall chest. The head is strong and solid, with a conical-well developed snout which is shorter than the cambered skull. It has a moderate stop. The eyes are small comparing with head, almond-shaped and oblique, amber colour, with strong pigment on eyelids. The ears are V-shaped, caught higher than the head's level, round-tipped and floppy. The neck is thick and strong. The nails are black or greyish. The tail is bushy, covered with long and thick hair. It is caught up, when is in rest, this is floppy with the tip a bit bent and arrives until the hock's level; in alert is upped and could surpass the back level. The fur is double, with an underneath coating, short and bushy, and an external one, flat, harsher and bushy. On the head and the front side of the legs is short and on the body is abundant. At the neck, the hair is bushier and is making a mane. The colour is black on at least 80% from the body with possible patches by a clean white on the chest and legs. If it much time exposed to the sun during the summer, the fur gets some reddish shades. 
It has a very powerful and loud bark which can be heard from long distances.