THE HISTORY OF THE ROMANIAN CARPATHIAN SHEPHERD DOG BREED

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Contributions to the Standard, Mihai Mosandrei.
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Contributions to the Standard, Mihai Mosandrei.
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Contributions to the Standard, Mihai Mosandrei.
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Contributions to the Standard, Mihai Mosandrei.

Undoubtedly, the explanations are redundant, Mihai Mosandrei's contributions are, instead, illustrating.

Unfortunately, World War II would put an end to the Romanian dog experts' preoccupations and efforts in defining and confirming the national dog.

The communist period as well, is seen as a total regress, even more, the Romanian Shepherd dog is turned into something else despite its rich history.

In 1981, to our perplexity, in the town of Radauti, despite any historical proof regarding the existence of the Romanian Shepherd dog, we find out that this dog is transformed into a mastiff type dog, the only proof being the existence of a few canine individuals of this type.

It had become obvious that after the fall of the Communist Regime, in 1989, things would change. As free access to information is now available, in 1994, was finds in the National Academy Library in Bucharest the proof of the history of the Romanian Shepherd dog, the Standards of 1934 and 1937 but also Mihai Mosandrei and Dr. G Moldoveanu's articles, in other words the confirmation certificates of the Romanian Shepherd dog breed, writings which will be at the basis of selecting the actual standard F.C.I 350 ROMANIAN SHEPHERD DOG.

Certainly, both Mihai Mosandrei and Dr G Moldoveanu but also those who completed their work, will have a special place in the history of the Romanian Shepherd Dog, being the first to have registered and given to the grey, wolf-like dog which they describe so well, the name of Carpathian and national dog.

Dogs from all over the country are brought from: Dambovita, Mures, Bistrita, Arges, Suceava, and the selection of the Romanian Shepherd Dog breed begins in accordance with the 1934 Standard. From the initiative group we mention the following: Vasile Turculet, Dorin Bilegan, then Vasile Bodea, Vasile Vostinar and others.

Various pastoral activities are organized in order to identify the appropriate type and to use them in future selections, part of the expenses being assured by mister Vasile Bodea.

The interest aroused by these passionate people whose aim is the rebirth of the national dog, is soon followed by enthusiastic breeders all over the country. Thus, the National Club of the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog Breeders (Clubul National al Crescatorilor de Caini de Rasa Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatin - C.N.C.C.R.C.R.C) is founded on the 29th of March, 1998.

For certain, at that time too, there were groups and people who still considered the Carpathian dog to belong to the Mastiff group. Unfortunately, within the exhibitions of that period one could notice in the enclosure made for the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd dog, the correct type that is the grey, wolf- like dog, but also spotted individuals such as the Mastiff, promoted by the breeders in the Bucovina region.

This situation lasted up until 2002 when the promoters of the Mastiff type dogs finally understood that these ones could not be included in the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog group.

A big part in mending this mistake was played by the international arbiters, mister Kelemen Attila and mister Petru Muntean as decisive factors, as well as the obstinacy of the group that backed the historical truth.

The Romanian Shepherd Dog's way out of this situation was once more the 1934 Standard, Mihai Mosandrei and Dr G Moldoveanu's articles which are irrefutable proof of the history of our national dog, but also the perseverance of the group of upholders who spoke out the historical truth and in front of whom the opponents had no chance at all. The opponents finally understood that a totally different breed was under debate, choosing for the Mastiff dog the name of Bucovina Shepherd Dog taking into consideration its specific breeding area.

As for the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog Standard, it is known to have been modified and updated in 1982,1999 and 2001 by the Romanian Kennel Club. On the 30th of March, 2002, the Technical Board of RKC acknowledged the Standard in accordance with the example set by the International Kennel Federation. After more than 70 years since the first Standard project of this breed started up, the hard work of some passionate people represented by the Romanian Kennel Club, ended successfully in June, 2005, when the International Kennel Federation acknowledged the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog breed as an independent one.

Today, the Shepherd Dog is more and more known due to the hard work of promotion carried out by dog owners and breeders all over the country.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed, in one way or another, to the formation, flowering, promotion and increase of number within the Carpathian Shepherd Dog breed.

In my opinion, any person who has in his backyard a Carpathian Shepherd Dog, has gained my respect.

Author, Alin Butisca.

Translated by Alexandra Cap.

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