A southern Slav with two homelands
Original Name : Tornjak
Type : Molossoid
Other Names : Bosnian, Herzegovinian, Croatian Shepherd Dog
Male size : 25½-27½ inches
Female size : 23½-25½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia
Tornjaks are steady, full of courage, obedient, intelligent, dignified and self-assured. Passionate about protecting property entrusted to them, they are incorruptible and distrustful of strangers. Devoted to their human companion, who has a calming influence, and very affectionate to people they know well.
Elongated, the muzzle is the same length as the skull.
Moderately developed withers, short, taut, moderately broad and straight back. Short loins connecting chest and croup.
Particolored with distinct markings in various solid colors. The ground color is typically white.
Medium-sized, triangular, folded and hanging, set fairly high.
Long, set medium high, very mobile.
Generally, longhaired, with short hair on face and limbs.
Tornjaks were produced from genetically homogenous indigenous sheepdogs that were close to dying out. These dogs had populated a large area of mountains and valleys in what we know today as the south Slav states of Croatia and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were actually mentioned in written documents dating as far back as 1067 and 1374.Interest in these dogs and their history started to grow in what was then Yugoslavia circa 1972. There was a resolve to save the variety for posterity and a breeding program was launched in 1978. Nowadays, there is a healthy population of purebred Tornjaks based on several generations of dogs in both territories, which are now independent countries. Tornjaks are big and powerful, well proportioned and agile. Their long, dense hair covers an almost square body. The bone structure is neither too light nor too heavy and coarse.