Monday, November 4, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Tornjak

Image from dogbreedinfo.com
The Tornjak is a very old breed stemming from the area around Boznia, Herzegovina, and Croatia. The breed is first mentioned in an old manuscript from the year 1067. Tornjaks were nearly extinct in the 1970s, and a group of enthusiasts set out to save the breed. 

These dogs are large and powerful, and generally calm and peaceful. They like order and harmony. If the occasion calls for it, they turn into vigilant and alert watchdogs. They are considered one of the best breeds to protect livestock, especially in areas with wolves and other predators.

Image from akc.org
Like most working dogs, the Tornjak is intelligent and independent. They tend to estimate a situation and make decisions of their own. They learn commands easily, but often don't see the point in obeying them.

They don't require large amounts of exercise, but they love playing outdoors with other dogs.

They need space, and are happiest in a large yard. The males weigh between 77 and 110 pounds, and females between 61 and 88 pounds.


5 comments:

  1. They are really cute. Thought they would be larger than they are.

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  2. I thought they'd be much bigger - they look huge on photos. I want to meet one, but odds of accidentally running into one are probably slim to none, lol.

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  3. we have 3 tornjak and we take them to as many shows as we can even though at the moment the UK KC don't recognise them

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