Ciobanesc Românesc Carpatin

Ciobanesc Românesc Carpatin Breed description: Character & Co

Ciobanesc Românesc Carpatin

Life expectancy
12 - 14

Profile: Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin - origin, history & suitability.

The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin, often referred to as the Carpathian Dog or Romanian Carpathian Sheepdog, has its roots deep in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains of Romania. A faithful companion of Romanian shepherds, this dog was bred to protect herds from predators and guide them across the often rugged mountain landscapes.


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin has an impressive history dating back thousands of years. Historical evidence and lore show that:

  • This dog was highly valued in the Dacian and Getae civilizations, which were early inhabitants of the Romanian area.
  • Over time and through selective breeding, a robust and hardy dog developed that was ideal for the harsh climate of the Carpathians and the demanding life of a herding dog.
  • Despite its long history, the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin was not officially recognized by the Romanian Kennel Union until 2005.


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin was not only used as a herding dog, but also showed a high aptitude for various other tasks:

  • Protection: with its natural instinct and courage, this dog can be used as an excellent guard dog or protection dog.
  • Family companion: despite its robust appearance and working history, the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin often shows a gentle and loyal side when kept as a family dog.
  • Herding Dog: His original role and one in which he still excels. He can effectively guard and lead herds.


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is an impressive Romanian herding dog with a rich history and a variety of uses. His courage, intelligence and loyalty make him a valuable companion for many tasks.

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Alternate Name Romanian shepherd dog of the Carpathians
Origin Romania
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Sheepdogs
AKC group Foundation Stock Service
KC group not recognised


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is characterized by a mixture of remarkable character traits:

  • Loyalty: these dogs are known for their deep loyalty to their owners and herds they work for.
  • Courage: used in the Carpathian Mountains to protect herds from predators, they are brave and fearless when threatened.
  • Intelligence: their clever minds enable them to grasp tasks quickly and work efficiently.
  • Self-Reliance: Accustomed to making independent decisions as herding dogs, they can sometimes appear stubborn, but are always focused on the welfare of their herd.
  • Gentleness: despite their work intensity, the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin shows a gentle side, especially when interacting with their family.


The deep-rooted history of the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin as a herding and guard dog has greatly influenced its temperament:

  • Willingness to work: over the years, the Carpatin has been bred to work, which means it has a natural inclination to be busy and perform a task.
  • Social Character: This breed is very social, but it needs clear hierarchies. Therefore, consistent training and early socialization are crucial.
  • Alertness: His alertness makes him an excellent guard, both for herds and homes.


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is a versatile, loyal and courageous herding dog with a gentle heart. Although fearless and determined in working mode, he shows affection and gentleness toward those he loves. However, proper training and socialization are essential for this dog.



The coat of the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is robust and develops to protect him from the harsh conditions of the Carpathians:

  • Brushing: It is recommended to brush the coat thoroughly at least once a week to prevent matting and remove dead hairs.
  • Bathing: Bathe only when necessary, as too frequent washing can strip the coat of its natural oils.
  • Ears and Eyes: Check regularly for signs of infection.
  • Claws: Should be trimmed regularly, especially if they are not naturally worn.


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is generally a healthy dog, but like all breeds, it can be prone to certain health problems:

  • Hip dysplasia: a common condition in larger dog breeds.
  • Genetic Testing: Before breeding, potential parents should be tested for common genetic diseases.
  • Regular checkups: It is recommended that regular veterinary examinations be performed to detect potential health problems early.


Breeding the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin requires knowledge and understanding:

  • Breeding Requirements: Breeders should ensure that the dogs they breed meet breed standards and are healthy.
  • Socialization: puppies should be socialized early to ensure they become well-adjusted and well-adjusted adults.
  • Training: early training is crucial for the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin to get its natural instincts in the right channels.


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is a proud and robust dog that can live a long and healthy life with proper care and attention. Potential breeders should be aware of the responsibility that comes with breeding this breed and ensure that they are acting in the best interest of the breed.

The Romanian Carpathian Dog (abbreviated CRC) is a dog that has been used for centuries by Romanian shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains to guard herds and is an excellent guard dog.

The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is characterized by a dense, coarse coat, which protects it perfectly from the climatic conditions of the Carpathians:

  • Coat structure: the coat is straight, coarse and has a dense undercoat. The coat length varies from medium to long.
  • Color: It is dominated by different shades from sandy to gray, often with a darker saddle.
  • Grooming: Brushing should be done at least once a week to prevent matting and keep the skin healthy.


This Romanian herding dog has a majestic and powerful appearance:

  • Head: The head is large and the expression is alert and intelligent.
  • Eyes: Almond shaped and of a color that matches the coat color.
  • Build: Strong, well proportioned and muscular.

Height & Weight

The height and weight standards for the Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin are:

  • Males:
    • Height: Between 65 and 73 cm
    • Weight: Around 45-65 kg
  • Bitches:
    • Size: Between 59 and 67 cm
    • Weight: Around 40-55 kg


The Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin is an impressive dog with a robust coat that protects it from the harsh conditions of its native land. His powerful stature and alert gaze reflect his origins as a herding dog. When caring for this dog, special attention should be paid to coat care to maintain its striking appearance.

Fur length medium
Fur -
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy muscular, strong
Size ♀ 59 - 67 cm
Weight ♀ 36 - 59 kg
Size ♂ 65 - 73 cm
Weight ♂ 36 - 59 kg
Suitable For -

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