Carpathian Sheepdog

USD $800-$1000 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 508
Origin Romania
Other Names Carpathian Sheepdog, Carpatin, Carpatin Ciobănesc Românesc Carpatin, Câine Ciobănesc Carpatin, Romanian Carpathian Shepherd, Romanian Carpatin Herder, Romanian Sheepdog, Romanian Shepherd Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $800-$1000
How much does a Carpathian Sheepdog cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $800 to $1000 on your Carpathian Sheepdog if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Carpathian Sheepdog from a shelter.
Size Large
Weight Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg),
Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Height Male: 25–29 inches (64–74 cm),
Female: 24–28 inches (60–70 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Protection.
Date of Origin 18th century
Ancestry Eastern European

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Rough, Soft, Thick
Coat Colors Black, Grey, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Brown, Amber, Blue, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Pink, Red, Blue
Coat Color Possibilities Black, White, Gray, Brown, Red, Fawn, Sable, Agouti
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Medium-length, dense, and wiry.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, undercoat rake, mat comb, nail clippers.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Brave, Calm, Courageous, Daring, Dignified
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Bloat, Drug Sensitivity, Hip Dysplasia, Vaccination Sensitivity
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 45 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3.5 cups
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Carpathian Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Carpathian Sheepdog is a large, powerful breed of dog that originated in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. It is a working breed that was bred to guard and herd livestock. The Carpathian Sheepdog has a strong, muscular body with a thick coat that can be either short or long. It has an alert expression and an intelligent, loyal nature.

Appearance: The Carpathian Sheepdog has a strong, muscular body with a thick coat that can be either short or long. Its head is broad and its muzzle is slightly pointed. Its ears are triangular in shape and its eyes are dark brown or black in color. Its tail is usually docked to about half its original length and it has webbed feet for swimming.

Lifespan, Size, Weight & Colors: The average lifespan of the Carpathian Sheepdog is 10-12 years. It stands at 24-27 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 70-90 pounds when fully grown. This breed comes in several colors including white, black, gray, brown and brindle with white markings on the chest and feet being common among all colors.

Personality: The Carpathian Sheepdog is an intelligent breed with an independent streak but also loyal to its family members once it bonds with them. It loves to work hard but also enjoys playing games such as fetch or tug-of-war when given the chance to do so by its owners. This breed needs plenty of exercise as well as mental stimulation in order to stay happy and healthy throughout its life span

Friendliness: The Carpathian Sheepdog gets along well with other dogs if properly socialized from an early age but may be wary of strangers until it gets used to them over time due to its natural guarding instincts towards unfamiliar people or animals entering their territory . They are also very friendly towards children if raised around them from puppyhood onwards but should always be supervised when interacting due to their size . As for other animals such as cats , they may get along depending on how they were raised together since this breed does have herding instincts which could cause them to chase after smaller animals .

Temperament: The temperament of the Carpathian Sheepdog can vary depending on how it was raised by its owners but generally speaking they are known for being calm yet alert , courageous , loyal , obedient , protective , loving , gentle yet firm when needed . They make great watchdogs due their natural guarding instincts while still being affectionate towards their family members .

Health : Generally speaking this breed does not suffer from any major health issues however like all breeds they should still receive regular checkups from their veterinarian in order ensure optimal health throughout their life span . Some minor health issues which have been known occur within this breed include hip dysplasia , eye problems such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) as well as ear infections due too much moisture build up within their ears if not cleaned regularly enough .

Adaptability : This breed adapts quite easily into most living environments whether it’s rural areas where there’s plenty of space for them roam around freely or urban areas where there’s less space available however they do need plenty of exercise regardless so owners should make sure they provide enough physical activity each day for these dogs no matter what type environment they live in .

Benefits : As pets these dogs make great companions who will always remain loyal towards their family members while providing protection against any potential threats which may arise due too their natural guarding instincts making them ideal watchdogs who will always look out for those closest too them no matter what situation arises .


The Carpathian Sheepdog is a large, shaggy-coated herding dog that originates from the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. The breed is also known as the Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatin, Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog, and Romanian Mountain Dog. It is thought to be descended from the ancient Roman Molosser-type dogs, and was used for centuries by shepherds in the mountains to protect their flocks from predators such as wolves.

The breed almost became extinct in the early 1900s due to cross-breeding with other types of dogs, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders who set about trying to recreate the original type. The breed has since become popular both in its native Romania and elsewhere in Europe, although it is still relatively rare outside of its home country.

The Carpathian Sheepdog is a large and powerful dog, with males standing up to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and females up to 25 inches. The coat is long and thick, with a dense undercoat, and comes in various shades of grey, brown or black. The head is large and rectangular, with a strong muzzle and medium-sized ears that hang close to the head. The eyes are dark brown or black and almond-shaped.

The Carpathian Sheepdog is an intelligent and loyal breed that makes an excellent guard dog. It is also gentle and good with children, although it can be wary of strangers. The breed needs plenty of exercise and stimulation, both mental and physical, or it can become bored and destructive. It is not suited to living in a small home or apartment without a yard