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Croatian Sheepdog

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Croatian Sheepdog

The Croatian Sheepdog is a small to medium-sized dog. The base color of the coat is black but small patches of white on its chest and/or toes are acceptable. The fox-like head and the legs have shorter hair than the body. The ears are triangle-shaped and erect. The eyes are usually chestnut to black in color. The hair on the body is longer, wavy or curly. The legs of this breed are small, thin and allow the dog to move swiftly. The tail is normally docked but if left undocked, it is curled over the dog's back.

Temperament The Croatian Sheepdog is agile, alert, keen and intelligent. They have an enormous amount of energy and a strong need for human companionship. They have a well-developed herding instinct and make an excellent watchdog. They are naturally suspicious of strangers. Early socialization is necessary to prevent them from becoming timid, noisy or destructive.
Height, Weight Height: 16-21" ; Weight: 29-47 lbs.
Health Problems The Croatian Sheepdog is a healthy breed with no known health problems or concerns.
Living Conditions The Croatian will be content to live in a small household or apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. Their waterproof coat makes it easy for them to adapt to a variety of climate conditions.
Exercise This breed loves to play sports, and need lots of daily exercise and activities.
Life Expectancy About 13-14 years
Grooming The Croatian's coat is easy to groom. Brush and comb occasionally to remove dead hairs. They are average shedders.
Origin The Croatian Sheepdog is native to Croatia. A Veterinarian by the name of Prof. Dr. Stjepan Romic is considered the "Father of the Breed". He discovered information about the Croatian Sheepdog in a document called "Canis pastoralis croaticus" that was found in the archives of the diocese of Djakovo. This document described in detail how the Croats brought the dog with them while migrating to Croatia during the 7th century. They are recognized by the FCI and the UKC.
Group Herding