Karst Shepherd

cut 54 to 63cm
weight 25 to 42 kg
hair  Well furnished, long, flat, with an abundant undercoat
dress Iron Grey; towards the belly and the feet, light gray sand color, with a dark gray brindle on the anterior part of the limbs. Dark mask on the head, surrounded by gray-beige hairs
head neither fine nor coarse, broad at the level of the ears and tapering imperceptibly towards the nose, stop moderately marked, without abrupt transition
eyes neither protruding nor sunken, almond-shaped, chestnut to dark brown in color
ear Pendulous, set moderately high, V-shaped
tail Broad at base, saber-shaped, medium length, bushy, should not form a plume
behaviour good character, courageous and valiant. incorruptible guardian
federation FCI nomenclature group 2 section 2.2 no 278
This dog probably followed the Illyrian tribe in its migration through Istria and the Dalmatian islands. The breed and its standard were officially recognized on June 2, 1939 under the name "Shepherd of Illyria". In 1948, the standard was completed and the breed recognized again.
The Karst Massif Shepherd is a herding dog par excellence and a good guardian; today, it is more and more often used as a guard and defense dog; if, in recent times, he is above all a family dog, he remains no less in essence a perfect sheepdog. Of good character, courageous and valiant without being biting, very devoted to his owner, of moderately lively temperament. A good incorruptible guardian, he is wary of strangers; pleasant and obedient companion dog, while maintaining a strong individuality.