Bohemian Shepherd

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Bohemian Shepherd
Bohemian Shepherd
Other namesChodský pes
Czech Sheepdog
Bohemian Herder
OriginCzech Republic
Life span About 9 to 13 years
Kennel club standards
Czech Kennel Club standard
FCI standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Bohemian Shepherd is a dog breed also known as the Chodský pes or the Chodenhund.[1] Since 2019, the Bohemian Shepherd has been provisionally recognized by the FCI.[2][3]


The Chodský pes is an old sheepdog breed. They have been guarding Bohemian southwestern borders and homes in the area of the Chod region (around Domažlice town). "Chodové" (the Chods), the local people living there, had an exceptional permission to hold large dogs for this purpose. Alois Jirásek, writing about a brave uprising of the local people, even assigned these dogs as a flag symbol of them. Though that is actually incorrect, the symbol became part of national knowledge due to drawings of a well known Czech painter Mikoláš Aleš. The symbol of the Chodský pes is still on young Czech scout's badges.

The Chodský pes is known to have existed in the Czech lands as far back as the 14th century, and having been professionally bred as early as the 16th century, centuries prior to the Germans trying to make their own national breed. A modern breeding program for the Chodský pes began in 1984 and there are now many breeders. About 3,500 registered pups have been born since the program started (1984–2009). Therefore, there is no proof that they are related to German Shepherds.



Bohemian Shepherd dog

The Bohemian Shepherd has a medium size, standing 48-55 cm (19-22 inches) at the withers and weighing about 15-25 kg (35-55 lb). Long, thick fur and a rich undercoat allow 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.


This is an ideal dog for someone who is very active, as the breed is energetic, non-aggressive, can be easily trained, and relates well to 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 especially with children.

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  1. ^ "Bohemian Shepherd Breed Information: History, Health, Pictures, and more". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ "CHODSKY PES". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Bohemian Shepherd Breed Standard" (PDF). FCI. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

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