|Life span:||12–15 years|
|colour’s:||black with tan markings|
|Suitable for:||Active Family, House with a Yard|
|Mood:||intelligent, devoted, affectionate, alert, sociable, versatile|
The Bohemian Shepherd (also known as the Chodsky Pes) was bred in 1325 to help guard and patrol the borders of Bohemia and Bavaria in the historical Kingdom of what is today the Czech Republic. They were also eventually used to herd and guard families throughout the night. Bohemian Shepherds are loyal, loving and friendly dogs that can make wonderful family pets.
These dogs are very similar in appearance to the German Shepherd, especially in color. They are medium in size with a thick and shaggy coat, triangular ears which they usually hold erect, and a feathered tail. Like the German Shepherd, the Bohemian is black with tan markings.
Bohemian Shepherd Puppies – Before You Buy…
The Bohemian Shepherd has a bunch of energy and is a relatively healthy breed with few known health conditions and a typical lifespan for a dog its size. They are very friendly dogs that get on with most but have a protective nature, and are known to be quite easy to train.
How much do Bohemian Shepherd puppies cost?
Bohemian Shepherds are commonly found in the Czech Republic and are not common in North America. If you are looking for a puppy it is quite likely that you will need to bring one from the Czech Republic which will be very expensive but we were unable to find any puppies for sale at this time. One estimate could probably run you over $2,000.
When you start looking for a Bohemian, find a breeder who is reputable and responsible, and once you have found a breeder, you can use these tips:
- Meet the Breeder: It is usually best to visit a breeder’s facilities in person so that you can observe the dogs and their relationship with the breeder. If you are planning to get a puppy in the Czech Republic, this may not be possible so ask to meet with the breeder and puppies via video chat.
- Medical History: If the dogs or puppies have any health concerns, a good breeder will tell you and give you their dog’s medical background.
- Negotiate with the parents: Of course, this can only happen if you are able to get the breeder to visit them at their location. The puppy’s parents will certainly give you some insight into your puppy’s future appearance and temperament. Again, request a virtual meeting with the parents via video.
- Ask lots of questions: Come prepared with a set of questions that are important to you. Responsible breeders will not only answer all your questions but actively encourage them.
Once you have your puppy, there are additional expenses to take into account.
Be prepared to invest in a number of items you will need for your new puppy:
- leash, collar, and harness
- water and food bowls
- puppy food
- toys to chew and play with
- bed and crate
- He deals with it
- puppy training pad
Other expenses you should consider:
- vet appointments
- training/obedience classes
- spaying or neutering surgery
Adoption through a rescue organization is another option. The fee usually ranges from $300 to $600, but is reduced or waived entirely if you adopt a senior or special needs dog. Bringing a rescue dog home with you is one of the most rewarding things you can do because you can give the dog a new chance at a happy life. Of course, adopting a Bohemian Shepherd may prove difficult given their rarity in North America.
3 little known facts about the Bohemian Shepherd
1. The Bohemian Shepherd doesn’t do well in the heat
They are hardy dogs that can easily cope with cold weather but do not do well in the heat. Be sure to keep them indoors and don’t overdo them on hot days.
2. The Bohemian Shepherd is versatile
They can perform many duties including dog dancing, therapy dogs, obedience and agility, nose work, search and rescue, herding, tracking, service dogs and guard dogs.
3. The Bohemian Shepherd is on a symbol
Junak-Czech Scouting is the Czech Republic’s version of the Boy Scouts, and the Bohemian Shepherd is on their emblem. It was created by Miklós Ales, a famous Czech painter, as a symbol of freedom and faith.
Temperament and intelligence of the Bohemian Shepherd
The Bohemian Shepherd is a highly intelligent and sensitive dog that absolutely loves spending time with its family. They defend their families and territories but not in an overly aggressive manner. These dogs are very versatile and enjoy working, but are also happy to work on almost anything, which also includes enjoying a good cuddle.
Bohemian Shepherds are very happy and energetic dogs that are also very loving and affectionate. They are so devoted and bond so well with their families that they can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
Are these dogs good for families?
Bohemian Shepherds make great family dogs! They love spending time with children, but be aware that their herding instincts can take over when small children are around. As with any dog, very young children should never be left alone with a dog, no matter how calm and loving they may be. Educate your children about always interacting with dogs in a respectful manner.
Does this breed get along with other pets?
The Bohemian Shepherd gets on very well with other pets, especially if they have been socialized with them while growing up. Like young children, Bohemians can be prone to cuddling any number of small pets. They generally get on very well with other dogs.
Things to know about owning a Bohemian Shepherd:
food and dietary requirements
You must provide your Bohemian Shepherd with a high-quality dog food that is designed for his specific age, activity level, and size. Follow the recommendations on the back of the dog food bag to determine how much you should feed your puppy. And always keep an eye on the quantity you are feeding him as well as you want to avoid excess weight. Always talk to your vet if you have any concerns.
Bohemian Shepherds need plenty of exercise due to their working dog background and will do well with about 1 hour of exercise each day. While they are energetic dogs, they also enjoy lazing around the house and a good cuddle with their family. They are quiet dogs, especially when indoors, and will not do well if kept in a confined space.
Bohemian Shepherds are very easy to train because they are quick to train and quite intelligent. Because they are sensitive dogs, training should be accomplished in a calm manner while playing and with a combination of praise and treats. Bohemians really want to please their owners, so they will pick up on training and any new tricks and commands quickly.
Bohemian Shepherds have thick, shaggy coats that require brushing about twice a week, and perhaps more often during the spring and fall seasons. Bathing should be with a high quality shampoo and usually no more than every 4-6 weeks.
You’ll need to trim your Bohemian’s nails every 3 to 4 weeks, clean his ears once a month, and brush his teeth 2 to 3 times a week.
health and conditions
Bohemian Shepherds are a healthy breed, but like most pure breeds, they are predisposed to a few different health conditions.
- degeneration of the image forming part of the eye
- dislocated eye lens
- elbow dysplasia
- hip dysplasia
- spinal cord disease
The vet would examine a Bohemian’s elbows and hips and run blood and urinalysis tests to help rule out any of these more serious conditions.
The vet will examine the Bohemian Shepherd’s eyes in addition to a complete physical exam.
male vs female
One of the most obvious differences between female and male dogs is in surgery. Neutering a male dog is a less expensive and less complicated operation than spaying a female, and also has a shorter recovery time. If you have your dog neutered or spayed, this can help prevent unwanted behaviors such as aggression and running away, and it can help prevent future health conditions.
Another physical difference between males and females is in size, with females generally being slightly smaller and lighter than males. Female Bohemian Shepherds can range in height from 19.3 to 20.5 inches and weigh 37 to 53 pounds, while males run from 20.5 to 21.7 inches and 41 to 60 pounds.
And then there are others who believe that there are differences in nature. It is believed that female dogs are generally less territorial and aggressive than males and are more affectionate. While this is a stereotype for most dogs, their personality will be determined by how they were raised as puppies and how they are treated throughout their lives.
The Bohemian Shepherd is a loving and devoted companion that will bravely guard your family and play with your children.
Finding one of these dogs would definitely be a challenge. As previously mentioned, they are quite rare in North America, and you may need to transport one from the Czech Republic. Post your interest in this breed online on social media and keep an eye on rescues like All Shepherd Rescue.
If you’ve always wanted a German Shepherd but were hoping for a smaller and calmer version, the Bohemian Shepherd is exactly that and may be the ideal fit for you and your family.