Sarplaninac Breed Appearance
Šarplaninacs are large dogs, standing an average of two feet tall at the withers with some larger males weighing up to nearly a hundred pounds, but usually averaging closer to 80 or so between both sexes. They have distinct double coats with a soft, dense, weather-protectant under coat and around a 2- to 5-inch outer coat that ranges in length depending on its location, with the neck, hindquarters and tail being the longest. While their most common color is iron gray, they have a vast range of colors from nearly black to fawn, and generally sport large, natural gradients in color and shade. They have large, relatively rounded skulls with a slight stop and a broad muzzle shorter than the skull, capped with a wide, black nose. They have medium-sized and medium-set folded, v-shape ears covered with short, dense hair and their eyes are generally dark and almond-shaped. They have a medium length neck that sports longer hair and descends into a straight backline. Their front legs are sturdy and straight, separated by a broad, deep, well-muscled chest and shoulders while their hindquarters are similarly muscular and wide. The tail is long and thick and is covered by some of the dog's longest hair.