Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog
|Breed status||Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.|
|Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
The Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog is a very large Romanian livestock guardian dog, taxonomized within the second group of dog breeds - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molosser Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, section 2.2: Molosser Breeds - Mountain type.
The Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog is a natural breed originating in the Meridional Carpathian and Subcarpathian areal (old Muntenia region of Wallachia, within the Dambovita, Arges and Prahova counties, and around Brasov). In these places, these mountain dogs are highly appreciated and used as watch dogs for properties and cattle herds and known as Corbi. The word "corb" means "raven" and the name bespeaks the dog's fur colour, which is a clear black.
It was officially recognized by the Romanian Kennel Club on November 14, 2008.
It is an intelligent, jolly, active dog. It is brave, proud, well-balanced, calm, with a very well developed guard instinct. It is proving to be very courageous when facing the predators specific to the area, e.g. wolves, bears, lynxes. Its bark is very strong, travelling over great distances.
It is submissive. It is friendly and devoted to its master and family, but doubtful around strangers.
The Romanian Raven Corb shepherd is a large-sized, strong, robust, and imposing breed of dog.
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 the eyelids. The ears are V-shaped, caught higher than the head's level, round-tipped and floppy. The neck is thick and strong.
The body is massive and sturdy, rectangular, rather long, a bit tall, and has a strong skeleton with a wide-tall chest.
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 nails are black or grey.
The fur is double, with an underneath coating, short and bushy, and an external flat one, harsher and bushier. On the head and the front side of the legs, the fur is short, while on the body it is abundant. The hair on the neck is shaggy and mane-like. The colour is black on at least 80% of the body, possible patches of a clean white may appear on the chest and legs. If overexposed to the sun during summer, the fur acquires scant reddish shades.
- Bucovina Shepherd
- Mioritic Shepherd
- Carpathian Shepherd
- Mountain dog
- Guard dog
- Livestock guardian dog