The Tatra Shepherd Dog is one of many so-called mountain dogs descending from the Tibetan Mastiff. Its ancestors were brought into Europe with nomadic tribes of Huns and Awars (4th-6th century AD) that settled the Hungarian Plains.
Dogs of this type were later bred by the shepherding tribes of Wallachia, who eventually settled in the Tatra Mountains in the 15th century. The Tatra Shepherd Dog is a close relative to some other breeds known in the mountainous areas of Europe, the Slovakian Chuvac, Maremma Sheepdog and Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
The Tatra Shepherd Dog is of good size, strong, resistant, courageous and stable, but aggressive when provoked. Their traditional colour is pure white.