Sharplaninatz ~ called by many in America Sarplaninac; known by all as "Shars"
Let's start with the name...
The breed is known in Serbian as Šarplaninac & in Macedonian as Šarplaninec which are pronounced (shar-plan-een-atz); meaning "Šar Mountaineer" or "[Dog of the Šar Mountains (Šar "Shar"-the name of the mountains and "planina"-the word for mountain)" It is alternatively named the "Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog" by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (1980). The breed was formally known as Illyrian Shepherd before it was renamed in 1957. (excerpts from Wikipedia)
Šar Mountain Dog - pronounced "Shar - plan - een - atz" Sharplaninatz
Frontier Guardians Macedonian Sire ~ Broo
A Slideshow of our Macedonian Dam ~ Eos Gazi Baba Volcanoes
Eos ~ Our Macedonian Jewel
Eos is from the Macedonian Kennel, Gazi Baba Volcanoes. She was imported into the United States with a sister. We were blessed to have purchased her while still young, and bring her to the Michels Mountain Sheep farm. She hadn't worked with our type of sheep as an LGD, and there was some adjusting to be done. Our Icelandic sheep and our Michels Mountain Sheep can be hard on dogs, but she rolled with the punches and in short order she had taken them to be her flock. In fact, the youngest of this year's ewe lambs decided that it was warmer to sleep with Eos, so she snuggles into the round of her belly each night. I think they are keeping each other warm. Eos' devotion to her flock has been amazing to watch. She is a very sensitive guardian; lying in their midst through the day she is ever watchful, looking out from the flock for anything out of the ordinary. Her devotion is certainly the product of a combination of genetics which come from the Macedonian countryside: Her father, a well-known dog among the shepherds of the mountains, and her mother, a choice female of the Gazi Baba Volcanoes Kennel.
A Day of Testing - A Frightful Night
There are some interesting things that happen on the farm. One weekend this last fall our family went up into the mountains on a hunting trip. Our neighbor was doing chores while we were gone, but while the farm was unattended a dominant breeding ram busted through the gate of his pen and proceeded to bash his way into several pens, which let sheep loose around the farm, and then the big ram went to the one pen that he couldn't break into and picked a fight with the breeding ram in that pen: Eos' pen. The two rams bashed each other, the wires of the fence snapping between their horns as they collided on the boundary. I can only imagine Eos' work to stop the fight, as I wasn't there to see it, but coming home to see her guarding the dead body of my prized ram was a shock. She would not even allow a bird to light on his body. With all of the sheep loose from the broken pens, another ram was wanting to come in on the ewes which were standing behind Eos and her ram. Eos would not let that other ram even come close to her ram, now lying on the ground. I was able to capture two small videos of the exchange which show the Guardianship of this fantastic dog.
I am posting a video link here that has a zoomed in and more detailed video that you can watch. It shows the detailed manner of her guarding. https://www.facebook.com/justin.michels.94/videos/1178771382223429/