(text from book Hrvatski planinski pas tornjak, published in 2002)
Translated by Marija Majkić, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Extensive herding of nomadic type used to be the only known way of shepherding, but as civilization developed, in the world and thus in Croatia as well, nomadic shepherding faded out and gave way to farming, or, more precisely, shepherding by keeping the sheep in large fenced pastures. At the same time, the culture of hunting wolves developed, and Tornjak was left without a job in most parts of Croatia. The help of these dogs was needed only in the farthest, most sundered areas, where shepherds were still nomads. In fact, Tornjak kept performing his duty – to which he was so devoted – only on the mountain Dinara. From Svilaja, and further to the south to Moseć,where dogs of Tornjak type were always the right hands of the shepherds, local population still remembers the domestic breeding of these dogs they called “Dinarians”, and testify that the Tornjaks - “Dinarians” disappeared from this area only about 20 years ago. There were still some to be found on the mountain Kamešnica, and in isolated areas of Lika, especially in the areas surrounding Otočac and Gospić. Many more could be seen in the Livno's, Duvno's and Kupres's areas in western Bosnia, and on the mountains of Vran and Vlašić. In other areas, formerly inhabited by both - our autochthonous Pramenka sheep and Tornjaks, at the end ofthe XIX and beginning of the XX century neither of the two remained. Tornjak had almost disappeared from the most part of Croatia, in which it had always lived, as ancient testimonies prove. One of these is the document concerning lord Hrvoje Vukčić Hrvatinić, that dates before the coming of the Turks into Croatia (Hrvoje's misal from 1404.).
Reputable breeders proudly show you their dogs and their facilities, they require you to visit and they have endless questions to screen potential puppy buyers. They want to be sure that your lifestyle, knowledge of dogs and attitude are a good fit for that breed and for a particular puppy. Their puppies are raised in their home (not in a barn or garage or even basement) where they become accustomed to household sounds, such as the phone, dishwasher, noisy pots and pans, the doorbell, oven timer, people coming and going. The pups will also receive lots of human socialization. 
INTRODUCTION:The Tornjaks belong to one of about fifty existing but distinctly separate breeds of hearding dogs (separate by nature of its shape). Originally, dogs of this breed were found over the mountain regions of Asia and Europe as well as in the low lands inhibited by pastoral nomads. The primary function of all these breeds was to guard flocks, mostly of sheep. In time, this purpose also become its sole lucrative function.According to FCI’s current classification, the Tornjak is a typical representative of the Group I.
Here are 10 important lessons I've learned in 45 years as a dog breeder.
By Kathy Lorentzen | Posted: February 13, 2015 11 a.m.

Difficult as it might be, do not let sentimentality enter into your breeding decisions. 
1. Start slow. Regardless of how much you think you know, you probably don’t know very much when you are a fledgling breeder. The faster you go, the more mistakes you will make and the more messes you will have to clean up. Plan your first few litters with great care and a lot of help from your mentors, and take the time to watch them grow up before you breed again. Waiting and watching those first litters will fill you with knowledge that you didn’t realize you were missing.
2. Believe in survival of the fittest. This is one of the most difficult lessons a breeder must learn but also one of the most critical. Going to great lengths to save a puppy that nature says was not meant to survive brings nothing but heartache. I have yet to see a happy outcome at the end of a monumental attempt to save a dog at all costs.