Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Bukovina Sheepdog; Bucovina Shepherd; Caine Ciobanesc de Bucovina; Ciobanesc Romanesc de Bucovina
The Bucovina Shepherd Dog is a large livestock guardian dog breed which originated in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and Serbia. Developed to fight against dangerous predators like bears and wolves as well as human thieves, this powerful dog has a strong drive to protect its family (especially the children). Like other powerful guardian breeds, it does not belong in the hands of irresponsible, abusive, or easily intimidated owners.
The Ciobanesc Romanesc de Bucovina was provisionally accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 2013. The first breed standard was written in 1982 and updated in 2001 by the Asociatia Chinologica Romana (Romanian Kennel Club).
Appearance / health:
The Bukovina Sheepdog is a large, strong, well-built, muscular dog with a massive head and a wide skull. The muzzle is moderately long and tapers a little. The eyes are small compared to the skull. The ears are V-shaped and hang close to the neck. The neck is bulky, strong, not very long, and without dewlap. The body is slightly longer than its height, and is massive with a well supported back. The tail is bushy and long, drooping low when the dog is relaxed, and standing erect in a sickle-like shape high on the back, when it is alert or excited. The legs are strong and muscular.
The Bukovina does not require special grooming but a daily brushing helps to keep the dog clean.
They require regular exercise. Walks and jogs are necessary on a daily basis to keep them healthy.
Bukovina Sheepdogs are generally healthy. No health issues specific to these dogs are known.
Behavior / temperament:
The Bukovina Sheepdog is courageous and can be extremely aggressive when it encounters potential predators. Moreover, it normally does not trust strangers. They make excellent guard dogs and watchdogs.
Early obedience training and socialization is necessary for all dog breeds. The Bukovina Sheepdog is intelligent. Some dogs may be a bit stubborn. Training using positive reinforcement methods is likely to succeed.
The Bukovina Sheepdog barks powerfully with a low tone that is audible from far. However, they are not noisy.
big calm dog, massive dog, great guards, great companions, cool climates, little children
alarm sistem, Carpathian mountains, authority figure, excellent watchdogs
Ozzy Pawsbourne - The Prince of Barkness
Ozzy has been a part of my family for one year now and we're very happy to have it. Our cat was pretty scared in the beginning but now they absolutely get along with each other. It was him using the cat as a pillow, but now things have changed and Ozzy became more like a king size bed for it. When my father brought Ozzy home I was really excited! He was just like a walking mini-football ball.
When getting this kind of dog...or any kind of dog, I suggest you would let it sleep with you for a couple of days, so it would be easier for it to get used to the environment and I believe that all the people that are used to coming at your place should meet it in its early age because those it meets when it's young will stay forever in its heart. When it comes to behavior there aren't many things to be discussed. All you have to do is to make sure that it is well trained and all it needs to learn are the basics, because inside them, these dogs are all great watch dogs.
It is crucial that only ONE person takes care of the dog. By that, we understand feeding, walking, cleaning etc. and it is important not to feed him at the same time with the others. A Bucovina Shepherd must win his food and so you will gain is absolute respect and loyalty.
Even if you don't pay that much for the dog itself, you are going to invest some money in its food, given its size.
Anyway, this kind of dog is really great for a family! He's loyal, he's smart, he's protective and he loves the little children. Once he gets to play with them, they're as safe as safe can be. Don't think about any cost when buying a Bucovina Shepherd. Only think if you're ready to love them, because they sure are!.
From Viorel Jun 10 2015 4:21PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
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