Why Sarplaninacs Make Perfect Family Pets?

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sarplaninac dogs are sheep, mountains, vast pastures, clean air, and untouched nature.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

But then, human hands start writing the kind of nonsense that can be downright scary: half dog – half beast (descended from wolves), kills its owner at the age of 7, a ticking time bomb in your home, unintelligent and stupid dog. Of course, none of this has any basis in truth!

The reason for such misconceptions can be attributed to the lackluster marketing efforts by cynological judges and breeders – strict selection within and outside the show ring!

Afterward, it becomes considerably simpler to demonstrate the authentic character of Sarplaninac dogs in various locations and scenarios.

Let’s explore why Sarplaninacs make the perfect family pets …

I grew up with Sarplaninac dogs, and to me, they are the number 1 dog breed in the world!

In the second place, we have the Samoyed because of its beauty, and then all the others…

I am a staunch opponent of training and using exercises like sit, lie down, fetch the ball, and the like because I believe it’s wrong when it comes to this breed.

Socialization and trainingYES!

But turning a Sarplaninac into an obedient dog that performs exercises to impress the neighborhood and friends – NO!

Imagine a Sarplaninac that looks powerful, with a menacing gaze, ready to confront wild beasts, and me teaching it the aforementioned exercises?

These beautiful dogs are very intelligent and make decisions independently!

They will ignore your commands if they sense you’re trying to “trick” them in any way, and it’s best to ignore them at that point.

Their only task is to guard what has been entrusted to them as a gift, and they do so very successfully.

Sarplaninacs won’t waste their strength and energy in vain when allowed to roam freely in the yard, but only if there’s a threat – an unknown person, an animal nearby, and the like.

Their attack is unpredictable and explosive when the red line is crossed, and a strong trigger is needed to bite and cause serious harm to someone, especially when it comes to humans.

It’s usually a judgment call when their owner’s life or family members’ lives are at risk …

A large number of dogs have passed through our yard, and what I can say is that no Sarplaninac has ever attacked or bitten me!

There were dogs that I couldn’t safely approach without my father’s presence for valid reasons, but that’s a small number.

These were dogs that were temporarily in our kennel or came to us in their advanced years.

Are Sarplaninacs Good With Cats?

Sarplaninac never barks without reason or attacks those weaker than itself!

Our dogs have proven time and again that such scenarios are possible in the field.

As an example, let’s consider Tyson, who spent some time with our friend who has cats.

There were no issues, as evidenced by the photo below and the accompanying video clip.

Tyson is well aware of his strength and size, understanding that the cat poses no threat to the territory he guards, but rather, it’s a friend.

Any well-balanced dog, whether a Sarplaninac or a member of another breed, should behave this way in the presence of a cat.

On the other hand, I’m not aware of any cases where a dog has managed to catch a cat

Sarplaninac and Children: A Bond That Lasts a Lifetime!

Choosing to bring a Sarplaninac into your family means providing your child with a wonderful and loyal companion.

These dogs not only offer protection but also encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

Furthermore, they play a crucial role in helping your child develop qualities like self-confidence, self-esteem, commitment, and responsibility, as well as honing leadership and social skills.

I suggest taking a close look at the image gallery below featuring Sarplaninacs and children (including my pictures) …

Is Keeping a Sarplaninac in an Apartment as a Pet a Good Idea?

Let’s take a step back to the roots of this article: sheep, mountains, vast pastures, clean air, and untouched nature!

From what we’ve seen, it’s clear that this breed of dog thrives in wide-open spaces.

When we consider city living, the logical choice seems to be a house with a yard.

However, some “keyboard experts” may vehemently claim that an apartment and a Sarplaninac should never go together!

So, I ask them, how can a German Shepherd Dog (classified under FCI: Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs) make a perfect apartment pet?

Doesn’t their place belong with sheep on a mountainside, like other sheepdogs?

I often get some absurd answers, and in the process, we tend to overlook a crucial fact – Sarplaninacs are lazy dogs!

If a dog is going to be confined for extended periods during the day, my advice is not to get a Sarplaninac.

However, if the owner is bringing this dog into their life for security, as well as out of genuine love for the breed and a commitment to their pet, my answer is a resounding YES!

This means morning, noon, and evening walks to ensure that their outdoor physiological needs are met, whether it’s raining, snowing, or sunny (24/7/365).

Trips to the park, visits to various city spots, and shared adventures become part of the routine.

Many people who have Sarplaninacs as companions view their apartments as overnight stays or brief stopovers because the nature of their work allows the owner and the dog to be together throughout the day.

Here’s an interesting comment on our Facebook post:

“I live in an apartment, though I only sleep here because I don’t like enclosed spaces. But with my Max, we’re constantly on the move because the job I do requires driving from place to place, and we’re literally together 24/7.”


In exploring the question of whether Sarplaninacs make perfect family pets, I’ve aimed to be as objective as possible.

The suitability of any dog as a pet for your home depends on your lifestyle, available time, financial situation, and more.

However, I believe I’ve succeeded in shedding a positive light on Sarplaninacs, where certain images and videos speak volumes.

These remarkable dogs have a lot to offer as loyal, protective, and loving companions to the right families.

Thank you for your attention and valuable time.

The perfect pet is the one that brings joy, companionship, and love into your life, and for many, the Sarplaninac fits that bill beautifully.


My name is Alen Stefanovic, and I am the founder and administrator of the website "Awesome Sarplaninac". As an economist-trade manager, and web designer, I have a passion for the Sarplaninac breed (number 1 dogs for me). My father has been breeding these dogs since 1990, and through the website, I aim to share valuable information about nutrition, care, and training for both puppies and adult dogs. Whether you're a new or experienced owner, you'll find plenty of helpful tips and resources on the site. Welcome to "Sarplaninac FCI 4302", and I wish you a pleasant stay.

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