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 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?
If You Are Interested in Doing Some Additional Reading About the Serbian Defense Dog:
The Serbian Defensive Dog (short: SDD, Serbian: Српски одбрамбени пас "СОП" / Srpski odbrambeni pas "SOP") is a Molosser-type dog breed originating in Serbia. It was developed in the years 1981-1991, with the goal of...
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The Serbian Defense Dog is a re-creation of the old Serbian Mastiff of the Middle Ages, which became extinct during the early 20th century...