Shepherd of the Karst massif

Other names: Berger du Karst, Kraski Ovcar, Karst Shepherd

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The Karst Massif Shepherd is a Molossoid dog of powerful, robust and harmonious construction. Endowed with a developed musculature, a strong bone structure and a long and abundant coat, it is perfectly cut for its 2 main functions: sheepdog and guard dog.



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Hair type Long
Origin Slovenia
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 37 kg From 54 cm to 60 cm
Male From 30 kg to 42 kg From 57 cm to 63 cm
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History of the breed

Physical features

His coat: long (around 10 cm), very thick, flat, associated with an abundant undercoat. Shorter on the head, the anterior edge of the ears and the anterior part of the limbs. Particularly long and bushy around the neck, forming a mane and a ruff.
Its color: iron gray with, preferably, a darker tone on the back. Clearer on the stomach and limbs.
His head: rather large compared to the body, without coarseness or finesse. Wide at the ears, tapering towards the nose. The skull is well developed, lean. The stop is moderately marked, the muzzle moderately long and the lips thick. Presence of a dark mask extending from the muzzle, with a gray or sand hair on the back.
Its ears: V-shaped, moderately high set, moderately long, falling flat against the cheeks and with the front edges folded outwards.
His eyes: slightly apart, almond-shaped, chestnut to dark brown.
His body: well developed and of medium length. The topline is horizontal or slightly oblique, the withers long and moderately high, the back straight, muscular and broad, the croup slightly inclined towards the attachment of the tail, the chest well developed, the belly slightly raised and rolled up.
Its tail: solid attachment, thick at its base, saber-shaped ending with a slight hook. Trimmed with a long hair and worn low when at rest. Raised up to the level of the back when the dog is awake.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Karst Massif Shepherd is a dog full of courage and valor , but not biting. An excellent guardian , he is naturally suspicious of strangers . In family, he is extremely attached to his master and his little clan, is pleasant and rather docile . He also retained much of his skills and instincts as a sheepdog.

If he is relatively obedient, the Shepherd of the Karst massif is also characterized by a fairly assertive personality . Its education must therefore be firm and precocious, just like its socialization. Intelligent and seeking to please his master, he can quickly learn the rules to follow.

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Living conditions

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

The Karst Massif Shepherd is a dog made for the great outdoors . He needs to stay active and to express his guardian instincts while moving in a large fenced garden. He knows how to demonstrate great autonomy.




Ease of gaining weight

The Shepherd of the Karst massif is a rustic, robust and resistant dog. Thanks to its double coat, it tolerates the harshness of the climate quite well. The breed does not show a particular predisposition to disease .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Karst Massif Shepherd 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 Shepherd of the Karst massif is easy to maintain , as long as it is done regularly and neat.

The Karst Massif Shepherd needs a lot of exercise on a daily basis. He needs long and frequent outings to satisfy his need for activity and space .

It is recommended to brush it for a long time once a week . This dog does not need to be groomed .

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Shepherd from the Karst massif is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost


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

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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