Bohemian Shepherd

Other names: Bohemian Shepherd, Chodsky Pes

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The Bohemian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog that is both robust and elegant. Its compact and well-proportioned body is harmoniously constructed. Too low, regular and clear rhythm, light and elongated strides characterize the natural gait of the Bohemian Shepherd Dog and accentuate its elegance.



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Hair type Long
Origin Czech Republic
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 16 kg to 25 kg From 49 cm to 53 cm
Male From 16 kg to 25 kg From 52 cm to 56 cm
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History of the breed

The deep origins of the Bohemian Shepherd go back to the 14th century, at the time of the Chodové, a people living in the south of Bohemia (historical region currently in the Czech Republic). It was then used to guard their territory and their flocks . Until the beginning of the 20th century, this breed practically did not exist outside the country. The Bohemian Shepherd as we know it today comes from more recent breeding.

It was recognized as a national breed by the Czech Cynological Union on January 14, 1984. The Club of Friends of the Dog of Chod (Klub Pratel Chodského Psa) was created on November 27, 1991. The Book of Origins currently lists more than 2100 dogs belonging to this breed, which has not yet been recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. A request in this regard was filed in July 2011.

Physical features

His coat: long, dense and associated with an undercoat. The set provides good protection against cold and bad weather. Swollen on the chest and neck, but flat on the rest of the body.
Its color: black, with tan markings in particular on the legs.
Its head: wedge-shaped and moderately long. The nose is black, the stop not very pronounced.
His ears: medium in size, triangular in shape, set high and well erect.
His eyes: light to dark brown, almond shaped and slanting.
His body: slightly longer than high, with the line of the back naturally horizontal.
Its tail: carried drooping, describing a slight curve.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Bohemian Shepherd is a courageous , vigilant , naturally protective and very obedient working dog. Mistrustful of strangers , he is very attached to his master and his family, especially the children with whom he also asserts his playful side. Balanced, never aggressive for nothing, the Bohemian Shepherd Dog is an excellent guard and companion dog . But he also excels in many other areas: agility, obedience, rescue, trekking, among others.

Attentive, docile, devoted and intelligent, he is known to be easy to educate . It simply requires learning based on firmness and a positive approach. He is also to be socialized as early as possible , like any other dog.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Bohemian Shepherd Dog is the ideal dog for the whole family , whom he accompanies and protects with all his affection and his guardian instinct. In return, he expects attention , gentleness and availability from his masters. He will prefer living in a house with a fenced garden to living in an apartment. It adapts perfectly to an urban environment as long as it can sufficiently exert itself.


Ease of gaining weight

The Bohemian Shepherd is a rustic , healthy and resistant dog. Its double and dense coat effectively protects it against cold, humidity and heat. There is no particular problem with the female when giving birth. On the other hand, it is one of the breeds likely to present with hip dysplasia . Radiographs of the sire’s hips have been required by the breed club since 1997.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Bohemian Shepherd dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Bohemian Shepherd Dog is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Bohemian Shepherd remains subject to 2 moults per year , with consequent hair loss during the latter. The rest of the year, the losses are much less marked. Regular maintenance removes dead hair and keeps the dog clean, while maintaining the protective capabilities of its coat.

He is a naturally active and hard-working dog. He needs to be constantly stimulated , both physically and psychically. Besides long daily walks, he needs a lot of exercise . He will always be enthusiastic when performing them.

It is recommended to brush the dog twice a week outside of the moulting periods and every day during them. After each outing in the countryside, in the forest or any environment likely to leave debris, a systematic inspection of the coat, legs and ears must be carried out.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Bohemian Shepherd Dog is between 1000 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Bohemian Shepherd is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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