The Serbian Defense Dog, aka the Serbian Defence Dog

Honestly, I am not sure that it is the rarest, and it is definitely a mixed breed. However, the Serbian Defense Dog (SDD) deserves a tribute here on HubPages, and I will try to present this amazing dog to all of you dog lovers out there. First of all, we’ll start with a nice photo of the SDD, just so you can get an idea of how this animal looks:

The Serbian Defense Dog


A Little Bit of History

A long time ago, more precisely during the 13th and 14th century, there was a fierce and very strong breed of dog roaming the area where Serbia and some other countries are located today. This dog was indeed scary, but it was also very loyal and committed to its master. There is a story that Dušan the Mighty used to take his Serbian Mastiffs wherever he went, and that they were also in charge of guarding the borders of the Serbian Empire at the time. The Serbian Mastiff was the most common dog at the time, and it was also used for keeping the cattle safe from wolfs and bear attacks, which were becoming less and less common thanks to this wondrous dog.


Enter the Serbian Defense Dog

Nenad Gavrilovic, a herb expert and dog lover from Bosnia, has always been interested in Serbian history and in the Serbian Dog, as he called the dog that used to roam these areas a long time ago. This was a dog breed, which was essentially a cross between the Serbian Mastiff and the wolf, and these dogs were used to fight off wild animals and keep the cattle safe. However, the Serbian Dog died off in the meantime, but the Serbian Mastiff was still available. So, with the idea to recreate this animal, Nenad Gavrilovic created the Serbian Defense Dog, which is a cross between the Serbian wolf, the Serbian Mastiff, the Rottweiler, the Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the working Bosnian Tornjak. Nenad kept himself busy crossing all of these dog breeds through the 1980’s, and in 1991 he finally got the result he was looking for.

The Serbian Defense Dog and Its Creator, Nenad Gavrilovic
The Serbian Defense Dog and Its Creator, Nenad Gavrilovic | Source

The Characteristics of the Serbian Defense Dog

The main characteristics of this dog are the following: immense physical strength and stamina, very high intelligence, fearlessness, loyalty, to name a few. There are a lot of amazing stories related to this dog breed, one of which is the fact that the SDD will never be scared when it hears a gun shot, but the shot will rather act as something that will only heighten its senses. Aside from this, SDD is also known for obeying its master’s orders at all costs. What this means is that the dog will guard whatever the master tells it to guard, and it will fight to the last breath to fulfill the orders given.

When it comes to its character, the Serbian Defense Dog can be easily trained to be a lovable and mild dog, but it can also be trained to be as fierce as hell. Basically, the dog is very adaptable and can be taught to do whatever you want. However, no matter how people try to make it a softy, the dog will always retain its original nature, and be ready to guard everything he deems necessary. This can be seen from the fact that a human can never approach an SDD puppy if the mother is around. The owners have had problems with this, as the mother will rather lose her life than let anyone near her babies. This is why, in order to take the babies away from her, the mother has to be taken to another room.

As far as the children are concerned, these dogs are well-known for liking children and not letting anything bad happen to them. Also, a child can do whatever it pleases to the dog, without the dog even thinking about showing any signs of hostility toward the child. For families with small children this is very important, as children can often hurt dogs unintentionally, which can result in the dog getting angry and hurting the child. However, this can never happen with the Serbian Defense Dog.


So, Would You Like to Own a Serbian Defense Dog?

So, after reading a little something about this interesting dog breed, I will ask you the following question: would you consider getting a dog like this for your home? If you need a good guard dog, and a breed that is highly adaptable and easily trained, as well as extremely healthy, then this is a no-brainer. Just be sure to teach the dog everything you want it to know from the earliest age, and you will never be disappointed with this dog breed.

If you had the chance, would you buy the Serbian Defense Dog?

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Voted up, useful and interesting. The dog photo's and great and I can see this type of dog would be to strong for me to walk him by myself.

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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

writer20, thank you very much for stopping by and voting, as well as leaving a comment, as your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Actually, when it comes to walking this dog, you would probably not have a problem, as they are extremely obedient - they are controlled by verbal commands, and not by physical strength :)

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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I voted no because my preference is for cats. They do seem to be a very useful type of dog though.

That was a very sweet picture of the dog with the baby.

Do you have one yourself, (the dog, not the baby)?

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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

Hey, Chris! Unfortunately, we have recently moved and we haven't been able to take our dog with us... She stayed at my parents' house, and she's not an SDD, she's a mixed breed - the sweetest dog you've ever seen.

I love all animals, and we have found a cat a few months back, so he is with us now, until we manage to bring Lady here with us (that's the name of our dog :)

Now that I have mentioned it, I should probably write a hub about Lady and Edward (the rascal cat), and upload some of their pictures...

BTW, I can see you have changed your avatar, and I'm glad to see your cat with you there.

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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Enjoyed this, beautiful dogs. Great pics too!

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Thanks, Pete, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. I don't know if 'beautiful' is the best word to describe them, although I also think they are beautiful - among other things :)

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Ana Gajic 4 years ago

I loved the hub about a Serbian Defense Dog:) You've answered all the questions I was interested in finding out, and these were whether he gets along with kids, and whether he can protect me from whatever. I am sure that he is the strongest, most reliable dog in the world, but I am not sure whether I would decide on becoming a proud owner of this dog. I would have to think carefully about this decision. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your hub - it was superb:):):)

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Thanks again, Ana! I am very pleased to hear that I have managed to answer all the questions you had about this dog, and I am glad you enjoyed reading my hub :)

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada


What an outstanding animal! Those dog's are beautiful and I could easily imagine children hanging off their ears and them not having a problem with it. Obviously, a self-assured breed!

Great Job my friend!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a gorgeous dog!

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Thomas, thanks for stopping by, my friend!

I particularly admire dogs who are defensive of and friendly to children, and this dog breed, among all other things, has this characteristic.

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Susan, they are gorgeous, aren't they? Even though they are not as large as your favorite Newfoundlands, they are still beautiful.

Thanks for reading and commenting, it is much appreciated.


Joe Sater 4 years ago

Great article and I'm currently looking for the best guard dog and after doing an extensive research I found that the SDD would be just perfect, however you didn't tell us if this dog would coexist peacefully with another breed especially with a small dog such as the miniature pinscher,

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Joe, I am glad that you liked the article.

While doing the research for this article, I have found that the SDD is extremely intelligent and adaptable, which means that it is a dog breed that tends to be obedient. I don't see a problem with this dog coexisting with any other dog/dog breed.

However, I must say that I am not an expert. Your best bed would be to actually find a kennel and ask them if they have any experience with this.

gerard 4 years ago

je voudrais avoir 1 SDD j'habite en france comment je peux faire


nemanjaboskov 4 years ago

Gerard, thanks for your comment. I will use Google Translate to translate this comment to French so you can understand.

Voici trois liens qui pourraient vous aider, ils contiennent des informations de contact de certains chenils:

Je vous remercie pour le commentaire!


Georgie Padilla 4 years ago

Where can one but such amazing dogs!??

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Georgie, I assume you cannot buy this dog anywhere except in Serbia. So, if you really want one, feel free to come visit my country :)

gerard 4 years ago

Merci nemanjaboskov

je suis toujours a la recherche d'un DDS mais je n'en ai pas trouvé et les liens que vous m'avez mis je narrive pas a les traduire avec google translate

y a t-il des eleveurs qui comprenne le Francais et le SDD est-il quand SERBIE ou dans d'autres Pays



bojaN 4 years ago

super pas....Srpski pas;)

alek 4 years ago

great post,even better breed

David 4 years ago

I was wondering if this breed compares in bite strength to a kangal or central asian sheperd, or american pitbull terrier. Also, can you tell me what the life expectancy is for this lovely breed?



Serbian Defense Dog 3 years ago


Personally i would say this dog has a bite that's like a mix of Rottweiler and Doberman, cutting strong bite. They live for about 18-25 years, my SDD might outlive me :P

Kris 3 years ago

Lovely dog great breed

Have u got any link About breeders coz I will be buy one and any idea about price

I've got Black Russian terrier and he is great as my dog (working line on security) so my next one definitely will be sdd

Thanks in advance

denisjovic 2 years ago

Can you tell me if there are any breeders in australia cos I can't find any

Quatei 2 years ago

Nenad,It looks good, congratulation for this breed. As it been rated by any agency,what are some common disease which affect this breed.How do we compare to known breeds like Rott. and German Sherperd

Noel 16 months ago

Seriously Impressive dog Nenad...Love the look...

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