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Breeds

Breed Name: Croatian Sheepdog


History

Bred from native dogs in Croatia, the Croatian Sheepdog is said to be the same exact dog today, as it was hundreds of years ago. This breed is an excellent farm working and herding breed, and can be wonderful companions as well.

Appearance

The Croatian Sheepdog is a large breed dog with males and females measuring up to 21 inches in height and weighing up to 45 pounds in weight. This breed has a wedge shaped head, forming into a long, narrow muzzle with a scissor bite. their two ears are large in size, triangular in shape and stand tall at the top of their head. Their two eyes are smaller in size, almond in shape and generally a dark hazel to black in color. Their tail is generally cropped short, however when left natural, their tail is medium in length and curled up and over onto their back. Their coat is medium in length and wavy in appearance. Available in black.

Temperament

The Croatian Sheepdog is strictly meant for those who own large lots of land or have a large farm with safe land for this breed to run, roam and work on daily. This breed has an immense amount of energy they need to burn off everyday, both mentally and physically. This breed is an excellent herding breed for large flocks of animals and naturally knows how to take control. This breed is a very good watchdog and can do well with children as well as other pets and dogs he or she is able to grow up around. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended.

Grooming

This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Croatian Sheepdog prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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