Get to know the Croatian Shepherd Dog
All you need to know about the breed
These elegant black Spitz-type dogs (which can sometimes have some white markings on their chest) were bred, as the name suggests, to help shepherds manage their flocks. That beautiful curly coat is not just for show – made up of a dense, soft undercoat and a thick and long topcoat – it helped to protect these hardy little dogs against the elements.
If life is a little less austere for most modern-day Croatian Shepherd Dogs, this energetic breed have lost none of the qualities that made them so well-suited to their early mission. Their pointy ears give them an alert, ready-for-anything expression borne out by their personalities.
These dogs are energetic and active, though usually calm at home. intelligent and eager-to-please. That should make training a pleasure, even though you’ll still need to be patient and consistent. They don’t do well if left alone for long periods – be warned: they will bark. They can also be wary around strangers. Early socialisation will help with this.
Croatian Shepherd Dogs form strong attachments to their human families and, although like any other breed they should not be left alone with children, once trained they are known to get on well with them.
2 facts about Croatian Shepherd Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Croatian Shepherd Dog