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Bohemian Shepherd Dog Breed

Also known as the Chodsky Pes or the Chodenhund, it is believed to be the predecessor of the German Shepherd having reportedly been in existence in the Czech Republic since the 1300s and professionally bred since the 1500s. The Bohemian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog standing at 19 to 22 inches and weighing 35-55 pounds. This active dog has a long thick fur with a rich undercoat that makes it weather resistant. The only permissible colour for this pedigreed dog is black and tan markings on the neck, the chest and the feet. It has erect ears that are set high and pointed, a long neck with fluffy fur and a compact, well-proportioned body.

The Bohemian Shepherd is a very intelligent breed that loves a good challenge. In the olden times, it was used to guard frontiers, later on as a herder and a watch dog. It has a well-balanced temperament and equipped with a powerful sense of smell. Its other talents include agility, search and rescue, and sledding. Because it is people-oriented it can be trained to even assist or guide people with disabilities or handicaps. They thrive on human companionship and is not happy when isolated from human contact. Alert and brave, they will be aloof towards strangers in the house but affectionate towards the owner and the family. They are generally fast learners and quick to train. They are not aggressive, and are good with children and other non-canine pets. There are no known serious health problems for this sheep dog.

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