Dog Breeds 101: Bohemian Shepherd

Dog Breeds 101 – Bohemian Shepherd
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The relaxed Bohemian Shepherd (also called the Chodenhund or Chodsky Pes) is an elegant looking dog from the Czech Republic. The breed was developed there over hundreds of years and is famous for its loyal and protective nature. These are not huge dogs and only get to a maximum height of approximately 19 to 22 inches – they do, however, tend to be quite long and can weigh up to 55 pounds. Their pointed ears and elegant neck often attract attention wherever they go. Bohemian Shepherds are very social dogs and are happiest when they are around people. It is not a good idea to leave them alone for long periods. [1]

The Bohemian Shepherd was developed in the heavily forested southwestern portion of the Kingdom of Bohemia which is now a part of the Czech Republic. This is an old sheepdog breed that already existed in the 1300s. The first written record of the breed states that the Bohemian Shepherd served as the companion of the Chodovie, a subset of the Czech people who lived in the region since the 14th century. It is very similar in appearance to other sheepherding breeds especially the German shepherd, Belgian Shepherd and Dutch Shepherd. In recent years, a growing number of Bohemian Shepherds are being exported from their homeland and they are now slowly being recognize outside of the country for the first time in centuries. [2]

For people who lead an active lifestyle, the Bohemian Shepherd is the perfect companion. These dogs are very smart and have great drive. They are quick to learn and can be easily trained. Since they used to be sheep herders, they have natural talents like sledding, guiding, herding and even rescue work. They seem to have an endless supply of energy but they are never aggressive unless provoked. These dogs are considered to be generally patient and understanding towards children. [3]

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