Bohemian Shepherd

Bohemian Shepherd is an active, devoted, and friendly dog originally used for guarding and herding. These dogs have been around since the 1300s and they originate from the Czech Republic. Many people call them Chodsky pes (they are from the Chodsko region). Today Bohemian Shepherds are mostly family companions and pets. They are a great choice for families with kids and these dogs thrive on both human and animal connections.

Bohemian Shepherds are very versatile dogs that can be used for a variety of tasks including search and rescue, agility, obedience, therapy, etc.

Bohemian Shepherd Height

Height:

19–22 in (48–56 cm)

Bohemian Shepherd Weight

Weight:

37-60 lb (17-27 kg)

Bohemian Shepherd Origin

Origin:

Czech Republic

Bohemian Shepherd Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Breed History

Bohemian Shepherd was created to assist Chodove people while they patrolled the borders and they served as guard dogs. They were also used for pastoral work. Like many dog breeds, even the Bohemian Shepherds nearly went instinct after the World War, but luckily this breed was renewed and the number of these dogs started to rise.

FUN FACT: AKC officially recognized this dog in 2019 and put him in the Foundation Stock Serice.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Trainability
Intelligence
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI Standard

  • Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle dogs).Section 1 Sheepdogs With working trial.
  • Height at the withers: 19–22 in (48–56 cm)
  • Weight: 37-60 lb (17-27 kg)

AKC Standard

  • Height: 19–22 in (48–56 cm)
  • Weight: 37-60 lb (17-27 kg)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

bohemian shepherd in lake

Bohemian Shepherd grooming

Bohemian Shepherd has a double coat that consists of a straight or wavy topcoat and a soft undercoat. They shed moderately during the whole year and weekly brushing is enough to keep this dog looking good and to keep his hair under control. Two times a year they shed heavily (during shedding seasons) and at that time daily brushing is required to remove the dead hair from the dog.

FUN FACT: Their coat helped them survive harsh conditions in their native land – Czech Republic.

Bohemian Shepherd coat colors:

  • Black with tan markings. More vivid and richer marking is desirable
  • Other colors are not permissible

Basic care

These dogs require and proper basic care that includes regular nail trimming, teeth brushing, and checking their ears for any sign of infections.

bohemian shepherd on beach

Excercise

This is a medium active dog that needs both physical and mental stimulation to be happy and satisfied. You must find a way for your dog to spend his energy. Long walks, retrieving balls, hide and seek, playing with other dogs can all do the trick. If you provide your dog with enough exercise he will gladly keep you company inside the house and you won't have any problem with him.

They are better suited for houses with a big yard where they can play and explore, but if you live in an apartment, these dogs will adapt but you will have to provide them with daily activities.

Personality

Bohemian Shepherds are good dogs full of love for their family members. They are very devoted and will do anything to make you happy. Training them should be easy but you must use a lot of treats and praises because these dogs don't respond to harsh training methods. If you treat them right during the training they will learn quickly.

Proper training and socialization must be done so you can be sure that he will develop into a well-mannered dog with whom you will not have problems. The best is to start as soon as your puppy arrives home. Although they are naturally good dogs, socialization will help them to better understand the world and how to react in many different situations. It will also prevent your dog to be shy.

Bohemian Shepherds and kids

They are an excellent choice for families with kids. They can play with them for hours and the kids will love that. Proper socialization will also secure that they understand how to play with kids.

Bohemian Shepherds and other animals

Bohemian Shepherds love the company of other dogs and animals. If they are raised together with other canines they will be extraordinarily happy because they will have someone to play with them all the time.

bohemian shepherd

Health problems

There are no many health problems that these dogs are prone to. Bohemian Shepherds have a life expectancy of 12-15 years. To be sure that your dog will be healthiest possible we advise you to only buy it from a responsible and official dog breeder.

Bohemian Shepherds are prone to:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • bloat
  • Eye problems
  • Ear infections

Bohemian Shepherd breeders

If you are interested in getting one of these dogs you will surely not make a mistake. They will be great companions for your family and especially your kids. When searching for Bohemian Shepherd breeders make sure that you find responsible ones. When talking to breeders always ask them to show you health certificates of his breeding dogs so you can be sure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

FUN FACT: Bohemian Shepherds are still most popular in their native land – the Czech republic.

Photo by: Alexandra Boer-van Rooijen

World Dog Finder team

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