This large size shepherd dog originated in the Carpathian mountains in Romania. The Mioritic Shepherd Dog was selected out of a natural breed that exists in the Carpathians, the main reason being its utility. Thanks to its vigorous appearance, this breed has many fans in Romania. The standard was elaborated by The Asociatia Chinologica Romana (Romanian Kennel Club) in 1981. The technical commission of A.Ch.R (RKC) adapted and revised the standard on February 29, 2002, according to the pattern made by FCI at Jerusalem.
The male Mioritic stands about 70–75 centimetres (28–30 in) tall at the withers with the female slightly smaller at 65–70 centimetres (26–28 in). This massive dog is covered in thick fluffy hair. The dog should have a “vigorous” appearance. Sexual dimorphism is evident in this breed, with males being significantly larger than females.
The basic color is usually white, pale gray or cream; or sometimes with patches of these colors. Sometimes a very pale orange is also accepted. Grey colored skin is preferred. It is entirely possibly for a litter to have a mixture of puppies that are a mixture of white and gray/white. Their eyes are hazel or amber-color, slightly oval and of medium size.
The coat is long, abundant and fluffy. It covers the whole body; including the head and the feet. The top coat is slightly wavy, long and rough and measures: 3.15-6.3 inches ( 8-13 cm). The coat should be brushed occasionally.
This mountain dog has discipline as one of its main characteristics. It is a calm and well-mannered dog. As this dog was used as a herd protector, it is very attached to family and goes all the way when protecting those it is attached to. Because of this dog’s ability to bond strongly with his master, training should only be started once the Mioritic puppy is already accustomed to the owner/trainer.
The breed needs plenty of space to run around. Exercise is imperative. In a big yard, running and playing around free will take care of its exercise needs. It is not advisable to keep them inside a house or a flat. They do not fare well, indoors, and are very much an outdoor dog.