Breed Type: Working Dog Breed
Weight: 35-55 pounds (16-25 kg)
Height: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm)
Coat type: Long and thick coat
Bohemian Shepherd is an active dog that is known for it courage and agility. Also known as- Chodsky pes, Czech Sheepdog, Bohemian Herder and Chodenhund; the dog was originally used for patrolling the border by Chods. This intelligent dog is an independent worker and will hardly wait for the commands of the master. This versatile breed has been following its instinct in search and rescue operations and also while herding the stock. It is extremely playful, affectionate and gentle with children and loves being in their companionship. It also makes for an excellent watchdog and hence a wonderful addition to the family. In this article, we bring you details on the history, appearance, grooming, personality and genetic disease of Bohemian Shepherd dogs.
The Bohemian Shepherd dog is an old sheepdog breed and is native to South Africa. The dog was bred at its native place for long in the far areas and was used to guard southern borders and homes in the Czech area in the 14th century. The locals in the Czech area referred the dog as ‘Chodove’, and used it for patrolling duties, herding and to drive and protect the cattle from predators. It was in 1984 that the new breeding program for the dog was started and helped it to gain recognition by CMKU. It is also believed that the German shepherd too originated form this breed of dog. The dog is still waiting to be recognized by the major kennel clubs.
The Bohemian Shepherd is a medium sized dog with an impressive body that is strong, dense and well proportioned. This body structure gives it an impressive appearance showcasing power, agility and immense stamina. The head remains in proportion to the size of the body with almond shaped eyes. The eyes are usually in dark brown color giving it a pleasant and confident expression. It possesses a strong and long jaw with scissor bite teeth. The oval shaped chest of the dog reaches the level of elbows and the tail is well furred that hangs down everytime. The body of the dog is covered with long and thick coat which usually comes in black and tan colors. The young puppy does not show its true colors unless it attains the age of about 6 to 7 years.
The Bohemian Shepherd is a friendly breed of dog that is energetic, fast learner, calm and intelligent. The dog has an outgoing nature and makes for a suitable home companion. It is not aggressive and can easily tolerate other dogs and pets. The dog is a quick learner and is great at agility, rescue work and service-training. It makes for an ideal home companion as it is affectionate towards children, makes a perfect guide dog for the handicapped and has an excellent nose and aptitude. The dog however does not extend its friendly nature to the strangers and is extremely protective to its family. Its alert and watchful nature makes it a wonderful guard dog. It can easily adapt itself to the apartment life provided it gets exercise and a constant interaction with the family.
The Bohemian Shepherd dog is relatively healthy breed with an average lifespan of around 12 to 15 years. The dog is a healthy breed however it can suffer from common breed ailment like hip and elbow dysplasia and allergies.
The Bohemian Shepherd has a thick coat which will require daily brushing to prevent it from tangling. This will help it to maintain its attractive appearance and promote good health of the skin. The shedding season is usually summer in which it will require more frequent grooming.