Get to know the Karst Shepherd Dog
All you need to know about the breed
One look at the imposing grey Karst Shepherd Dog - with their almost bear-like face, majestic size and dense fur and you can see why they make a great watchdog. They are definitely not a breed with a "come on in!" appearance.
For they are the King of the Kars, historically roaming Slovenia’s windswept Kars region, guiding and guarding their flocks. Famed for their bravery, they traditionally worked in groups to fend off potential predators, be it wolf or bear. But rest assured today, once trained, they’re increasingly common as a family dog - and a very content one at that.
Like the iron grey colour of their long and dense fur, designed to protect them from the mountain elements, there’s a strength to the Karst Shepherd Dog’s character, as one would expect of a working dog. While today some are still on duty as sheepdogs, as a family dog, their wariness of strangers means they’ll keep a careful watch over the comings and goings of your home. And readily herd up the family when it’s time to leave the house.
Born to roam, the Karst Shepherd Dog is, of course, somewhat lively, but their exercise needs are categorised as moderate, up to three hours a day. Though less suited to apartment living, they’ll thrive with plenty of outdoor space they can busy themselves protecting.
2 facts about Karst Shepherd Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Karst Shepherd Dog