If you’re looking for an outgoing, brave, and intelligent dog that is loyal and sociable, consider the Tornjak. Originally from Croatia and Bosnia in Europe, this is a medium sized dog that was bred to guard livestock. Not sure if a Tornjak is right for your family? The following breed information will help you decide if a Tornjak will fit your lifestyle.
Tornjaks are 23-28 inches tall and weigh 60-110 pounds on average. The average lifespan of a Tornjak is 12-14 years.
Tornjaks are moderately playful and extremely affectionate with family members. They can be patient and tolerant with young kids provided there is early and appropriate socialization around children in a variety of settings when the dog is a puppy. This is a breed that does best as the only pet in the household.
A Tornjak will not be overly aggressive with strangers but not overly friendly either. These dogs are highly vigilant and have a protective instinct (they were bred to protect livestock) and they therefore make excellent watchdogs. Tornjaks are moderately adaptable to changes in routine. Apartment dwellers and novice pet parents should consider other breeds. Tornjaks can tolerate cold weather extremely well but don’t do too well in extreme hot temperatures.
It is easy to train a Tornjak because this dog is intelligent and has a good memory. A reward-based approach and gentle, but firm and consistent training exercises usually work best. Tornjaks have moderate energy levels and mental stimulation needs. A play session in the yard or a long walk is usually sufficient. They enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and swimming. Apartment dwellers can even give these dogs their required exercise in the hallway if the weather does not permit outdoor activities. The barking level of a Tornjak is moderate.
The Tornjak has a medium length double coat that requires weekly grooming and an occasional bath. The coat sheds a lot, however. These dogs are moderate droolers.
Also known as the Croatian Shepherd Dog, the Tornjak is a confident, intelligent, and biddable canine companion who is friendly, calm, even tempered, and affectionate with family.
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