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2011 Bucovina Shepherd Dogs:
The Bukovina’s head is massive, slightly elevated with respect to the back line. The skull is moderately wide. The stop is slightly marked. The nose is black well developed and wide. The muzzle has the shape of a truncated cone, of the same length as the skull, well developed. It becomes progressively narrow towards the extremity but it is never pointed. The lips are thick, well applied, with strong pigmentation. This breed should have strong jaws, with healthy white teeth and a scissors bite. Level bite is allowed. The cheeks are not prominent The eyes are small in comparison with the dimensions of the skull, almond-shaped and slanting, chestnut colored or slightly lighter, never yellow. Eyelids are well pigmented. The ears are implanted relatively high, “V” shaped, with the extremity slightly rounded, fallen, and very close to the cheeks. The neck is moderately long, bulky and strong, without dewlap.
New Bucovina Shepherd Dogs:
The muscular body is massive with a well supported back. The chest is wide and tall, reaching the level of the elbows with well arched ribs. When the dog is relaxed it tends to hold the tail low, reaching the point of the hock or even lower. When the dog is alert and is paying attention or is in action, the tale is elevated. In this case it may rise above the level of the back, sickle shaped. The skin is thick, well applied and dark gray. The hair is short on the head and on the fore face of the legs. On the body, the hair is abundant, straight, thicker and harder, 2½- 3½ inches (6-9 cm.) long. The next layer of hair is shorter and thick, with a lighter color. On the neck, the hair is longer and forms a head of hair (mane). On the backside of the legs, the hair forms fringes of moderate length. The tail is bushy, covered with longer and thicker hair. Coat color: the background must be white with well-defined, sand-charcoal colored, black or brindled patches. On the legs, there can be little black or other color drops. Uniform colors: Uniform robes (without spots) completely white or black are accepted but not preferred by breeders and in show rings.
Latest Bucovina Shepherd Dogs:
There are three types of Romanian shepherd dogs: Carpatin (old name Zăvod), Mioritic (also known as Barac), and Bucovina Shepherd. For political reasons, these breeds remained isolated from the rest of Europe. As a consequence, these breeds remained largely unknown outside Eastern Europe and were never recognized by the AKC. Things seem to be changing now and since July 7th, 2005, the Mioritic Shepherd Dog and Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog have been recognised by the FCI on a provisional basis. In their home country the first two breeds were recognized by the Minister of Agriculture in 1981. Both breeds are extremely rare, with about 250 living specimen for the Mioritic sheepdog and about 195 individuals for the Carpatin.
Bucovina Shepherd Dog large adult male:
The Bucovina Shepherd is a strong and rustic dog which was for many centuries the best partner and companion for the Romanian shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains. The original purpose of this Mountain dog was to guard and protect the herds against predators (wild animals or thieves).
Puppies Bucovina Shepherd Dog:
The skin is thick and dark gray. The hair is short on the head and forelegs. On the body, the hair is abundant, straight, thicker and harder, 2?- 3? inches (6-9 cm.) long. The next layer of hair is shorter and thick, with a lighter color. On the neck, the hair is longer and forms a mane. On the backside of the legs, the hair forms fringes of moderate length. The tail is bushy, covered with longer and thicker hair.The coat background must be white with well-defined, sand-charcoal colored, black or brindled patches. On the legs, there can be little black or other color drops. Completely white or black animals are accepted but not preferred by breeders and in show rings.
This old herding breed is believed by some to be a cross between the Romanian and Bulgarian shepherds, while others claim it is the same thing as the Tornjak of Bosnia or the Homolian Sheepdog from Serbia, only bred in Romania. Most Romanians would obviously disagree with such statements, simply because the Homolje region of Eastern Serbia is bordering Rumania, but Bucovina is on the opposite side of Rumania, bordering Ukraine, making this Homolian claim unpopular. Another theory suggests that this is in fact the true Romanian Shepherd, dismissing the modern Carpatin as a recently created designer dog. Whether either of these claims is true, or if the Bukovina Shepherd is an older breed is uncertain. An interesting thing about the Bucovina region, further complicating the issue is that a part of it is in Ukraine and Moldavia, as well.
There is very little Ukrainian Bukovinac dogs in existance today and these are considered to be the same thing as the Romanian variant by most authorities. A small percentage of Bucovina dogs constitutes what some researches believe to be a specific subtype of ancient origin, differing from the rest of the breed in that it has slightly longer legs, leaner bodies and black or black-n-tan coats, clearly showing the influence of Romanian and Serbian Sylvan dogs. Some fanciers of the breed don’t even consider such dogs to be part of the Bucovina Shepherd, but an actual separate guardian breed known locally as Negru Aghiuta, with only a few surviving specimens left today, mostly assimilated into the rest of Romanian breeds.