Strong and rustic dogs, they were for centuries the best parteners and companions for the romanian shepherds in the Carpathian mountains.
Their prime mission is to guard and protect the herds against predators (wild animals or thieves).
Today, the Romanian Shepherd Dogs are appreciated also by people living in cities, who keep them as watch dogs or just as pets, because of their balanced temperament and the kindliness they show to children.
There are three breeds of Romanian shepherd dogs: MIORITIC (old name Barac), CARPATHIAN (old name Zavod) and CIOBANESC DE BUCOVINA. In 2005, the Mioritic and Carpathian breeds were recognised by the F.C. I. on provisional basis. The Bucovina Shepherd Dog is only registered by the Romanian Cynologic Association (A.Ch.R) and they are about to be registered also by F. C. I.