Garafian Shepherd

USD $1000 - $2000 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



10-13 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 395
Origin Spain
Other Names Garafian Shepherd, Pastor de Garafía
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1000 - $2000
How much does a Garafian Shepherd cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $1000 to $2000 on your Garafian Shepherd 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 Garafian Shepherd from a shelter.
Size Large
Weight Male: 62-77 pounds (28-35 kg),
Female: 53-66 pounds (24-30 kg)
Height Male: 22-25 inch (57-64 cm),
Female: 21.5-24 inch (55-62 cm)
Lifespan 10-13 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Protection
Date of Origin 1885
Ancestry Mixed

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Abundant, Dense, Dense Undercoat, Soft, Thick
Coat Colors Brown & Yellow, Fawn, Golden Yellow, Grey, Orange, Reddish-Brown, The coat color comes in solid shades of golden yellow, orange, fawn and light reddish-brown, with some small white ma, Yellow
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Amber, Brown, Blue, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Liver, Tan
Coat Color Possibilities Black, White, Tan, Sable, Red, Gray, Blue, Silver, Cream
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Medium-length, wiry, and slightly coarse.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, undercoat rake, mat comb, nail clippers.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Companionable, Defensive, Docile, Entertaining, Friendly, Herding, Intelligent, Obedient, Playful, Protective, Social, Sportive
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 Yes
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 Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 4-6 cups
Daily Cost $10-$15
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Garafian Shepherd have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 1-11 puppies (Once a year.)


The Garafian Shepherd is a large, powerful breed of dog that originated in the Middle East. It is a loyal and protective breed that makes an excellent guard dog. The Garafian Shepherd has a strong, muscular body with a broad head and muzzle. Its coat is usually short and dense, with colors ranging from black to white or tan.

The average lifespan of the Garafian Shepherd is 10-12 years, with some living up to 15 years. The size of the breed ranges from 24-28 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 70-90 pounds. Colors can range from black to white or tan, but most commonly they are black and tan or brown and white.

The personality of the Garafian Shepherd is one of loyalty and protection for its family members. They are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners, but can be stubborn at times if not properly trained. They are also very alert dogs that make excellent watchdogs due to their keen sense of hearing and sight.

Garafian Shepherds are friendly with other dogs as well as people when properly socialized from an early age; however they may be wary around strangers until they get used to them. They also get along well with children when raised together since they have an instinctive need to protect them; however it’s important for children not to tease or mistreat them as this could lead to aggression issues later on in life. As far as other animals go, Garafians do best when raised alongside cats or other small animals so they learn how to interact appropriately with them from an early age; otherwise they may view them as prey rather than companionship which could lead to aggressive behavior towards them later on in life if not corrected quickly enough by their owners/trainers/handlers etc..

The temperament of the Garafian Shepherd is one of intelligence combined with loyalty and protection for its family members; however it can be stubborn at times if not properly trained which means consistent training sessions should be done throughout its life in order for it remain obedient throughout its lifetime .

Health wise, the Garafian Shepherd is generally healthy but like all breeds there are certain health issues that may arise such as hip dysplasia (a condition where there’s abnormal development in the hip joint), elbow dysplasia (a condition where there’s abnormal development in the elbow joint), eye problems (such as cataracts) ,and skin allergies . Regular vet checkups should help catch any potential health issues before they become serious problems .

As far as adaptability goes ,the Garafian Shepherd does best when given plenty of exercise daily such as long walks ,jogs ,or hikes ;however due to their size it’s important for owners who live in apartments or condos make sure their pet gets enough exercise outside since these types of living arrangements don’t provide much room for running around inside .

Overall ,the benefits of owning a Garafian shepherd include having a loyal companion who will protect you no matter what ;as well being able provide your pet with plenty exercise daily which will help keep him/her healthy both physically & mentally .


The Garafian Shepherd is a large, powerful dog that was once used for guarding and herding livestock in the mountains of Greece. The breed is named after the region where they were first found, the Garafia region of the island of Crete. The Garafian Shepherd is a descendant of the ancient Molosser dogs, which were brought to Greece by the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago. These dogs were used by the Greeks for hunting and as guard dogs. The Garafian Shepherd is thought to be a cross between the Molosser dogs and the sheepdogs that were brought to Greece by the Romans.

The breed nearly became extinct in the early 1900s due to a combination of factors, including World War I, which led to a decrease in demand for livestock guardians, and a disease outbreak that killed many of the remaining dogs. A few dedicated breeders kept the breed alive, and it slowly began to regain popularity in Greece in the 1970s. In recent years, the breed has become popular internationally as a working dog and companion animal.

The Garafian Shepherd is a large dog with a muscular body and thick fur. The coat can be either short or long, and is typically white with black or brown markings. These dogs are intelligent and loyal, making them excellent working dogs as well as loving companions.