Breeds of dogs: Torniak

Breeds of dogs: Torniak

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia
F.C.I classification: Group 2 - pinscher, schnauzer, molossoid type dogs and Swiss cattle dogs.

The genetically homogeneous descendants of ancient shepherd dogs are the basis for the recovery of the Torniak breed. These subjects were dispersed in the mountainous areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The first historical references on the breeding of these dogs date back to 1067 and 1374. The studies and rescue actions of the breed from extinction began simultaneously around 1972 both in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pure breeding began in 1978. Today there are numerous subjects selected for several generations in both countries of origin.
Breed officially recognized F.C.I in 2007.

General aspect

The Torniak is a large and powerful looking dog, well proportioned and agile. The shape of the body is almost square. Harmonious, strong and balanced in movements.


A dog with a balanced, friendly, courageous, obedient, intelligent and trustworthy character. Fierce in the custody of the property entrusted to him, he is very suspicious of strangers. Very affectionate with the owner and the family. Easy to train, learn quickly and remember for a long time what he is taught.

Torniak - Bosnian and Herzegovinian-Croatian Sheperd Dog (photo

Torniak - Bosnian and Herzegovinian-Croatian Sheperd Dog (photo

Torniak - Bosnian and Herzegovinian-Croatian Sheperd Dog (photo


- males between 65-70
- females between 60-65
with tolerance of 2 cm more and less.

Coat colors: in general it has a spotty coat with distinct markings of various colors. The background color is generally white. There may be dogs with a black coat and white spots more often around the neck, above the head and along the feet. There may also be almost white dogs with only small markings.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

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