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Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Mr Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History
A large breed of dog that naturally developed in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Tornjak has existed for many centuries. Traditionally used to drive flocks and fend off predators, he has always used his imposing size and loud bark to advantage. There is some belief that Tornjak type dogs may even descend from Roman times.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 10 to 12 years.

Generally, the Tornjak is a quiet and respectful dog, but if the situation arises, he is more than capable of becoming defensive and territorial. They are devoted to their owners, and not unduly nervous.

General Breed Description
These large dogs are physically impressive but can move with relative grace and agility. As a rule, the Tornjak is parti-coloured with distinct markings of various solid colours. Usually the coat colour is white. There may be dogs with a black mantle and white markings most often found around the neck, over the head and along the legs. There may also be almost white dogs with only small markings. The breed adapted to living harmoniously in packs, and happily cohabitate with other dogs in a household. Traditionally utilised for frightening away predators with their bark, they can be prone to nuisance barking.

Coat and Care Requirements
They have a double coat, the inner layer being very thick guarding against harsh winters. A moderate amount of attention, a couple of times a week, is required to keep their lush coat in lustre and brilliant condition.

Height: Males 65 to 70cms, Females 60 to 65cms.

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Tornjak is generally a healthy breedhowever health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD).

The Tornjak enjoys exercise, and where possible, a minimum of two long walks a day would be recommended, but exercise should be moderated whilst the dog is developing. A large, fenced area would see the Tornjak happily outside, even in colder conditions. A relatively new breed into Australia, the Tornjak is still very rare.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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