If you want a guard dog that can protect you from danger, a Serbian Defence Dog is an excellent choice.
Personally, I think these dogs are just about as good a dog as you will ever find. They can do everything from hardcore security, protection, and military work to being loyal and truly wonderful family dogs.
Let’s find out a bit more about them…
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The Serbian Defence Dog is a breed of dog that originated in the Balkans in 1981. This breed was created by crossing shepherd dogs, or Tornjak, with wolves also the breed was created by cross-breeding the Serbian Mastiff and the Rottweiler. .
These dogs are now widely bred for their powerful defense and fighting abilities.
They are native to the Balkans and have a reputation for being tough and courageous. In addition to being a great companion, these dogs also make excellent guard dogs and are widely used in law enforcement.
Those three breeds are known throughout the Balkan Peninsula and are often seen in parks and on streets. They have muscular bodies, massive heads and are great at defending their master.
Until the Second World War, the Serbian nation had its own dog breed. They were similar to the Rottweiler breed, but they were much taller and mostly one color.
In addition to their high level of aggression, the SDD exhibited a high degree of adaptability and was capable of guarding anything it saw fit.
As such, it is important to understand the characteristics of this breed, since it will not become a softy very easily.
Their DNA is hardwired. It is highly unlikely that you would ever meet a timid Serbian Defence Dog!
About 5 percent of the Serbian Defence Dog’s genetic makeup is made up of wolf blood, 5 percent American Staffordshire terrier blood, and a combined 30 percent of Tornjak, Rottweiler, and Neapolitan Mastiff blood.
Of course, it is impossible to quantify the exact percentage of participation of these breeds in the construction of the SDD, but the following is an approximate ratio of their participation.
Character & Temperament
These are fiercely loyal and protective dogs. In that respect, caution is always advised and excellent and positive training is needed in order for them to understand early on (from puppy) wheat their role is and who is in their pack (family members)
The Serbian Defence Dog is well-suited for families with small children. It won’t let anything bad happen to them.
In this way, they make an excellent choice for families with small children.
As we always advocate, it is YOUR responsibility as a respectful owner to make sure that everyone in your family knows how to appropriately act with any dog and a with an SDD, this is essential.
However, it’s important to remember that it’s not a good idea to approach an SDD puppy with its mother. These dogs have a history of protecting their puppies.
Health Concerns & Keeping Them Healthy
There hasn’t been much research done on the health issues that the Serbian defence dog have faced. According to reports, members of this breed are more susceptible to hip dysplasia, ear infections, and eye problems than the general population.
Although there are not enough scientific studies and information available about the health of the breed, it is generally considered to be a very healthy and resilient dog breed.
The same health conditions that affect other large dogs, such as hip dysplasia, might occasionally affect this breed, but it is not as common as it is in other large breeds.
You should examine their eyes, ears, teeth, and nails on a regular basis, and clip or clean them if necessary, just like you would with any other dog.
Dogs of this breed are typically 70 cm tall and 60 kgs heavy, which is 27 inches and 132 pounds, although some dogs, particularly males, can grow to be significantly larger.
These guys need a decent area for exercise so not ideal for apartment life. A larger home with adequate outside space or yard.
Their heavy coat is thick, with an undercoat of solid hair.
The upkeep is not particularly difficult. These dogs do shed some hair, but they will keep their coats in good condition even if they are not brushed regularly. They also don’t require frequent bathing, only when absolutely essential.
As a rule of thumb, a decent couple of hours of good quality exercise a day coupled with a good diet and this breed will thank you for it.
It is claimed that these dogs have quite a long lifespan of some 18 to 20 years and this would be unusual for a Mastiff-based breed, but with great care and great breeding then anything is possible. It does sound a bit long if you ask me and I would say 12-14 years of age would be about right for such a big dog, but you never know!
With proper socialization and training, this dog will make a great companion dog, and he will not be aggressive when taken for walks outside.
This dog is also known to be fairly accepting of children; nonetheless, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised, regardless of the breed in question.
According to what you may have guessed, this dog is watchful and distrustful of strangers, and it will take some time before the stranger comes to trust this dog.
The owner must always introduce the stranger to the dog before the dog can accept him.
Not A Great First Time Owner Breed!
It is crucial to note that, despite the fact that this is a highly intelligent and obedient dog, they are not the greatest choice for novice or inexperienced dog owners.
It is because of their immense power and protective instinct that they are in this position.
If the rookie fails the socializing and training with a dog of this strength, he or she may face a lot of difficulties.
These dogs require patient, rigorous, and regular training, as well as correct socialization from an early age.
However, with an experienced owner, this is a very easily trained and flexible breed that is capable of learning a wide variety of orders and being completely obedient.
How Much Are They To Buy?
These dogs are quite rare and this affects the price of course.
Purebred Serbian defensive dogs often range in price from $500 to $10,000+, with an average price of $750 per dog.
If you are getting one always follow the golden rules when meeting the breeder.
The breed is still not recognized by the official kennel clubs, which has an impact on the price of the dog. A Serbian defense dog can be difficult to find outside of Serbia, which means that adopting a Serbian defense dog is not something that is readily available.
- Because they excel in obedience training, the Serbian Defense Dog is an amazing personal protection companion.
- It is capable of performing a wide range of tasks with ease, and it is also a perfect urban companion for responsible owners in urban environments.
- The SDD is a loving family dog that requires experienced owners who never use excessive firmness or violence in their treatment.
- The Serbian Defence Dog is well-adapted to living in many types of climates.
- These dogs are just incredible. Guardians who take their responsibilities seriously.
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