Also known as the Chodenhund or Chodský pes, the Bohemian Shepherd is a breed of herding dog, developed in the Chod region of Bohemia. Its well-proportioned, compact body, is accompanied by a wedge-shaped head, small-sized, high set, erect ears, long and elegant neckline, dark muzzle, almond-shaped eyes and a thick, furry tail. Though developed as a herding breed, their even-tempered nature makes them a perfect companion dog.
|Common nicknames||Czech Sheepdog, Chodský pes, Chodenhund, Bohemian Herder|
|Coat||Outer coat: Long, coarse, thick
Undercoat: Short and soft
|Group||Herding dog, Guard dog|
|Average lifespan/ life expectancy||9 to 13 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Medium|
|Height||19 to 23 inches|
|Weight||40 to 60 lbs|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Intelligent, playful, active, loyal, calm, brave|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Adapts well in all climate|
|Do they bark||Occasionally (to alert about an intruder)|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Moderate to Average|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||Not recognized by any major kennel club|
Developed in the Chod region of Bohemia by the Chodovs (locals), the Bohemian Shepherd is one of the ancient breeds of sheepdog. In fact, their origination is said to be as early as the 1300s or even before that period. Dog enthusiasts began taking an interest in these dogs and eventually started breeding them in the 1500s. Since breeders did not keep sufficient details, there is not too much information about them, though this is older than all other Shepherd breeds. However, their numbers majorly declined during the two World wars. A modern breeding programme resumed in 1984 to initiate the development of the dogs, which went on until 2009, with 3500 puppies being born as well as registered.
Energetic, alert and hardworking, they are well-suited for experienced owners, as well as homes which are prepared to handle a dog that is always on the run. Loyal and affectionate towards the members of its family, the Bohemian Herder qualifies as a brilliant watchdog because of its alert nature, wariness towards strangers and tendency to bark at the sight of an intruder. Though brave and hardworking, they are gentle and patient too, which makes them good therapy and service dogs. Though they share a good rapport with children especially when brought up with them, supervision is required, since they could put their herding instinct to use when dealing with the little ones. It is because of this same reason that their interaction with smaller pets should be restricted.
Its high level of intelligence would make training easy, though these dogs could get a little stubborn at times, needing a firm handler.
A good quality dry dog food, alongside a nutritious homemade diet, is all that is needed to keep them physically fit and mentally rejuvenated.