mioritic breed information
common health issues
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.