Function: livestock guardian
Steady & bold without aggression, naturally independent,
very intelligent & tractable. Proud & confident. Loyal &
affectionate to owners, but wary of strangers when mature.
An active breed originally used as a guard dog for sheep; hard working;
capable of enduring extremes of heat and cold.
9 - 15 years
Dogs 74-81 cm (29-32 ins)
Bitches 71-79 cm (28-31 ins)
Mature dogs 50-65 kg (110-145 lbs) Mature bitches 40-55 kg (85-120
Any colour, but Gernerally Fawn or Cream with a Black mask.
Hair: Short or mid-length, dense, with thick undercoat.
Great variations in length according to climate. Longer and thicker
at neck, shoulders and thighs. The coat tends to be longer in winter.
Appearance: Large, upstanding, tall, powerfully built,
livestock guarding dog with broad strong head and dense double coat.
Must have size and stamina. Capable of great speed.