Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog

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Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog
Other namesCorb
Breed statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Weight In proportion to height
Height Male 70–80 centimetres (28–31 in)
Female 65–75 centimetres (26–30 in)
Coat 7–10 centimetres (2.8–3.9 in)
Color Black
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog is a very large Romanian livestock guardian dog.


The Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog is a natural breed originating in the Meridional Carpathian and Subcarpathian areal (old Muntenia region of Wallachia, within the Dambovita, Arges and Prahova counties, and around Brasov). In these places, these mountain dogs are highly appreciated and used as watch dogs for properties and cattle herds and known as Corbi. The word "corb" means "raven" and the name bespeaks the dog's fur colour, which is a clear black.

It was officially recognized by the Romanian Kennel Club on November 14, 2008.[1]


It is an intelligent, jolly, active dog. It is brave, proud, well-balanced, calm, with a very well developed guard instinct. It is proving to be very courageous when facing the predators specific to the area, e.g. wolves, bears, lynxes. Its bark is very strong, travelling over great distances.

It is submissive, friendly and devoted to its master and family, but doubtful around strangers.


The Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog is a large-sized, strong, robust and imposing breed of dog.

The head is strong and solid, with a conical, well-developed snout which is shorter than the cambered skull. It has a moderate stop. The eyes are small compared with the rest of the head, almond-shaped and oblique, amber coloured, with strong pigment on the eyelids. The ears are V-shaped, caught higher than the head's level, round-tipped and floppy. The neck is thick and strong.

The body is massive and sturdy, rectangular, rather long, a bit tall and has a strong skeleton with a wide-tall chest.

The tail is bushy, covered with long and thick hair. It is caught up, when it is in rest, it is floppy with the tip a bit bent and arrives until the hock's level; in alert it is upped and could surpass the back level. The nails are black or grey.

The fur is double, with an underneath coating, short and bushy and an external flat one, harsher and bushier. On the head and the front side of the legs, the fur is short, while on the body it is abundant. The hair on the neck is shaggy and mane-like. The colour is black on at least 80% of the body, possible patches of a clean white may appear on the chest and legs. If overexposed to the sun during summer, the fur acquires scant reddish shades.[2]

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  1. ^ "Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog Standard" (PDF). 19 February 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog breed details".

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