mioritic breed information

common health issues

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

The bear-like Mioritic (Shepherd or Sheepdog), is a shepherding dog hailing from the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. A strong and imposing-looking guardian, he was bred to protect flocks from bears and wolves, as well as to guard his master’s property from thieves. But his strength is balanced by a playful, gentle nature, and he is not known to be aggressive toward strangers. He is popular in his native Romania, but is not widely known or bred in other parts of the world.

Often described as “massive”, he is indeed a large dog, weighing between 110 and 140 lbs. Adding to his impressive bulk is his thick, fluffy, waterproof coat, which is generally white with patches of cream, light gray or dark gray. His coat, which is meant to protect him well from both heat and cold, benefits from weekly brushings to help him stay neat. Because of his size and need for daily exercise, a large fenced-in yard is an ideal environment for this gentle giant.

The Mioritic is vigilant, protective and brave, making him a good guard dog for flocks or families, but he is also known to be disciplined, so he will obey commands calmly. Because he is even-tempered and well-mannered, this big dog does very well with children. He develops strong bonds with his family, and does best with an experienced owner who can be a strong leader for him.

Although vigorous, the Mioritic is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health, and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Mioritics are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Mioritic inherits anything more than a giant frame, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)