This is Anna Grace, my new lgd (livestock guardian dog). She is a Sarplaninac (pronounced “sharplaninatz”), a breed that originated in the Shar mountains of Macedonia and Serbia, where it has been used for centuries to protect livestock against wolves. This is such a revered breed in its homeland that there is even one pictured on Macedonian coins.
Anna is one year old — her birthdate is 11/03/20 — and she currently weighs 84 pounds. She’ll probably be 94-100 pounds by the time she finishes maturing.