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Is the Croatian Sheepdog right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Hrvatski Ovcar; Kroatischer Schäferhund

The basics:
The Croatian Sheepdog is a weatherproof breed highly regarded in its native Croatia for centuries as a top-flight cattle herding dog. Like other herding dogs, it is intelligent, capable of making independent decisions, and athletic. These aniimals are best with active families that can spend plenty of time outdoors.

Appearance / health:
The Croatian Sheepdog is a medium-sized, hairy dog. Its fox-like head is wedge-shaped. The muzzle is moderately long and tapering. The neck is broad, muscular and covered with a dense coat. The ears are triangular, medium-sized, and erect. The eyes are medium-sized and almond-shaped. The tail may be docked or short. The short tail has long and dense hair, and is carried above the back line when the dog is alert.

The Croatian Sheepdog is an average shedder and easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing gets rid of dead hair keeping the coat clean and healthy.

Croatian Sheepdogs requires a lot of exercise in the form of play sessions, work, long walks, jogs, sports, etc. Without exercise, they are likely to be noisy and destructive, as they require an outlet to their high energy levels.

The Croatian Sheepdog is generally a very healthy breed.

Behavior / temperament:
The Croatian Sheepdog is usually a one-person dog. It requires a lot of human attention and hates to be isolated. Without a job to do, dogs of this breed are likely to develop destructive habits. Their approach to herding is seen as aggressive though proper training can reduce this tendency.

The Croatian Sheepdog responds well to obedience training, as it extremely intelligent and eager to please. The training is effective only if it is firm and gentle, as the breed likes to be treated with dignity. A properly trained Croatian Sheepdog can work wonders.

The breed tends to bark a lot. However, with proper training, this tendency can be reduced so that the dog barks only when required.

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