(Persian Mastiff, Persian Shepherd, Iranian Mastiff)
The Persian Sarabi dog also known as Persian Mastiff, Persian Shepherd and Iranian Mastiff is a breed of livestock guardian dog indigenous to north of Iran. It has been used for centuries by Iranian shepherds to guard sheep from wolves, bears, jackals and other animals. The Persian Sarabi Dogs are some of the most powerful dogs in the world.
The Persian Sarabi dog (Persian Mastiff or Persian Shepherd) has a solid and muscular build, they have thick necks, broad heads, and sturdy bodies.
They're bred to tolerate harsh conditions, less food and bad weather. The Persian Mastiff is rather well lived averaging 12–17 years. The under-layer provides insulation against both severe winters and the fierce summer sun, while the outer-layer repels water and snow. This combination of coat allows it to regulate its core temperature more efficiently, while the coat is dense enough to repel rupture from wolf and bear bites. The coat is pale fawn or Grey or tan color with varying amounts of sable guard hairs. This dog have a black facial mask, and black or shaded ears.it possesses size, good bone, a well-muscled torso with a strong head. Neck slightly arched, powerful, and muscular, moderate in length with more skin and fur than elsewhere on the body. Body well proportioned, functional, without exaggeration. Never fat or soft.
The Eyes are medium size, set apart, almond shaped and dark brown to light amber in color. The Persian mastiff has two kind of hair, Long hair and Short hair. The Sarabi dogs appearance is close to Kangal because the place of these dogs is so close but there are some differences between these two breed of dog. There are some rare Sarabi dogs that all of their body is black. The Persian shepherd has strong jaw and sharp teeth with terrifying bite.
The Persian Mastiff is loyal, rugged, powerful, protective and impressive, possessing great endurance and agility. A well-trained Persian Shepherd is sensitive and alert to changing situations, responding to threats with judicious warnings and courageous action if necessary. They also can be fairly aggressive towards people they do not know. When suspicious, a Persian Shepherd will stand with its tail and ears erect and give an alarm call, inciting the sheep to gather around it for protection. When the Persian Shepherd faced with a wolf, sometimes is successful in intimidating the enemy, but it will resort to a physical confrontation if the predator stands its ground. The Persian Shepherd were used for centuries to protect properties, guard livestock, kill wolves, and hunt bears. They also treat their human families as their flock, thus protecting them with fierce loyalty and devotion.
Acceptable colors are pale fawn, grey, tan, or black. The breed height at the withers is between 75 to 90 cm (29 to 35 in) for males and 70 to 85 cm(27 to 33 in) for females. The weight is between 60 to 90 kilograms (130 to 200lb.) for males and 55-80 kilograms (120 to 190 lb.) for females in the good conditions.
hi , these dogs are poweful and very athletic but there are some other local breeds that seems they are mastiffs too . so i do not like the term persian mastiffs only for sarabi dogs. some other breeds are taibaadi from northwest of iran khorasan province and ghadrijaani dogs from isfahan poovince and kurdi dogs from kurds of west of iran .