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The Bohemian Shepherd is a breed of dog (also known as the Chodský Pes or the Chodenhund) from the Czech Republic. The Bohemian Shepherd is recognized nationally in Czech Republic but is not recognized by the FCI or any other major kennel club.

History

Chodský pes is an old sheepdog breed guarding the Bohemian southwestern borders and homes in the area (Chod region around Domazlice town). “Chodove” (the Chods), the local people living there, had an exceptional permission to hold large dogs for this purpose.

As the breed of chodský pes is old, it is possibly also one of the predecessors to the German Shepherd. Chodský pes is known to exist in the Czech lands as far back as the 14th century, and having been professionally bred as early as the 16th century. The first breed standard was introduced in 1984, a year later in 1985 there was the first litter of Bohemian shepherds.

Appearance

The Bohemian Shepherd has a medium size dog (19 to 22 inches in height and weigh about 35-55 lbs). Typical is their long thick fur and a rich undercoat, that allows him to survive in harsh weathers. The body is compact and well proportioned with high set, small, pointed, erect ears and a long elegant neckline. A fluid, light and unhurried gait is one of the typical characteristics of this breed. As well as the typical black colour with brown marks over eyes, cheeks, underside of neck, legs and feet.

Temperament

This is an ideal dog for someone who is very active as, this breed has lots of energy. It is not aggressive, can be easily trained, and is excellent with children and other pets. Its great agility and a keen sense of smell make it a very good rescue dog, a great companion for handicapped people and an outstanding watch dog. This breed has a stable, calm and friendly temperament that allows it to be good with the owner, his family and specially with children.

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