Karst Shepherd Dog
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Karst Shepherd Dog

Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Karst Shepherd is a big dog breed used for guarding livestock in Slovenia. Many people mix these dogs with Caucasian Shepherd although they are lighter and smaller. Mostly they were used for guarding farms and herding animals. Today these dogs are more and more family pets that are very protective of their family members.

Karst Shepherd Dog


21-25 in (54-63 cm)

Karst Shepherd Dog


55-92 lb (25-42 kg)

Karst Shepherd Dog



Karst Shepherd Dog

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

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


Karst Shepherd is a double-coated dog breed that requires proper attention in terms of grooming. Weekly brushing is required to keep their coat clean and without mats and tangles. Mostly Karst Shepherd dogs come in iron grey color.

Occasional baths are only required if your dog rolls into something smelly or dirty. Since they have droopy ears you should regularly check them – they are prone to developing ear infections. If you notice that their ears and red, or have a bad odor, that might be a sign that your dog has an ear infection.


Karst Shepherd requires a lot of activities to be happy and healthy. They love to be active, and they will enjoy various things, including long walks, playing with the owner, etc. They were bred for working purposes and they have a lot of energy that they need to spend if you want to have a well-behaved dog.

Karst Shepherd Dog


As with all other dogs, even Karst Shepherd requires proper and early socialization in order to trust your dog. With correct socialization, your dog will learn how it’s supposed to behave in many different situations he may find himself in.

The socialization process starts as soon as you bring your Karst Shepherd puppy home. Expose him to many different situations, people, dogs, and sounds.

Karst Shepherd and kids

As a pet, the Karst Shepherd can be wonderful. They get along great with all family members and love spending time with them. Especially they love kids, and they can be great playing partners for them.

Before you let them play, you should also teach your kids what is the correct way to approach, interact and play with the dog. That way, you can be sure that your kids will respect the dog.

No matter how good your dog is, you should never let them play without supervision so that any unwanted behavior would emerge (nipping, tail pulling, etc.)


Karst Shepherds are generally healthy dogs, but like most of the dog breeds in the world, they can suffer from some health problems. Those problems include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia

If you want to get a puppy with the best possible health, you should never buy him from an irresponsible dog breeder. Official and responsible dog breeders regularly check their breeding dogs, and they will not breed dogs if there is a possibility that the puppies will end up with inherited diseases.

Karst Shepherd breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Karst Shepherd breeder. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Karst Shepherd breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

These dogs are not so popular around the world, so in case you are interested in getting Karst Shepherd, you must be prepared to wait for your new puppy.

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Updated at31.08.2023.