Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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The Sarabi Dog – The Complete Guide

Dec 8 ·

The Sarabi Dog, otherwise known as the Iranian Shepherd Dog, is an unusual but great breed of dog. However, before you decide you want one, it’s important to do your research. Here’s the complete guide to this dog.


They are very large brown dogs with a black mask and where they’re from, the bigger, the better. These dogs give off a very powerful appearance.


It’s safe to say that the Sarabi Dog, although a great dog in its own right, is not for beginners.

These dogs have been bred to protect sheep and livestock from wolves and other predators. That means they’re livestock guardians, which don’t always make the best family pets. Although they’re calm and controlled, they don’t often like being indoors very much and they’re very powerful. Tourkpet…

They’re intelligent, but independent and stubborn. Training a Sarabi Dog takes a long time and can be a daunting process. If you have experience with livestock guardians and that’s the breed you’re looking for, you might be fine. If you’re a first-time owner looking for a more low-maintenance dog, then this might not be the breed for you!

Caring For Your Sarabi Dog

These dogs will live for 12-15 years if taken care of right. However, you have to make sure you do so!


Their short coats mean they don’t need to be brushed a lot. However, you’ll have to keep up with their ears, teeth, and nails. Make sure you clean their ears and teeth frequently and trim/file their nails when necessary. While a lot of dogs don’t enjoy the grooming process, high-value treats and patience will help a lot.


When choosing a kibble, avoid grain-free food, which has been linked to heart disease in dogs. Pick a high-quality kibble with more nutrients than fillers, and ask your vet for advice if you’re struggling with all of the options available. You can also pick a food specifically for large breeds, as this will ensure your dog gets everything they need.

Some owners choose to feed raw but make sure to have your meals preferred by an expert if you do. Some subscription services will deliver raw meals right to your door, so make sure to take advantage of this if you can. It can be expensive, but that’s why many people choose to feed kibble instead. Khorasani…


These large and powerful dogs need a ton of exercise. You’ll have to give them lots of space to run around and make sure they have plenty of mental stimulation as well as physical.

These are absolutely not apartment dogs! Trakya…


This is a very healthy breed. Although some Sarabi Dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, most of these dogs won’t encounter any health issues in their life that are specific to the breed.

You should, however, make sure you keep up with preventative health visits and get them all their shots. They’ll need a series of three or four when they’re a puppy, and will need boosters every year. Monthly flea and heartworm medicine is also vital to keeping them in good health. Aslana…

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Where to Find a Sarabi Dog

You might be able to find a Sarabi Dog in a shelter. Many people get these dogs without realizing how powerful they are and give them up — though they’re quite rare in the US, so perhaps not. You can also look at breed-specific rescues to find one. They will likely have high requirements for owners, but they just want to make sure the dog is getting the best life.

Otherwise, you’ll be looking for a breeder. When it comes to breeders, avoid the following red flags:

  • No AKC papers
  • No health testing for the parents
  • No spay/neuter contract
  • Allows puppies to go home before they’re eight weeks old
  • No shot records

Backyard breeders and puppy mills are a real problem, and you shouldn’t support their business if you know better. Ethical breeders can get expensive, but you should remember you’re paying for a healthy and well-socialized dog. That saves you a ton in vet bills down the line. Norman…

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How Much Does a Sarabi Dog Cost?

A Sarabi Dog will cost between $500 and $1000 from a reputable breeder. Shelters and rescues will likely charge significantly less.

Is a Sarabi Dog Right For You?

If you’re looking for a powerful livestock guardian, this might be the dog for you. However, if you want a low-maintenance apartment dog, think again!

The Sarabi Dog is incredible, but only for an owner who can put in a ton of work. Tarlay…

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Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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