Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Croat Republic Other Names Hrvatski Ovcar Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Herding
Breed Appearance The Croatian sheepdog is a weatherproof,
adaptable breed. They are of low to medium height and the base color
is always black, although there may be very small patches of white
on its chest and/or toes. A characteristic is the short hairs on its
somewhat fox-like head and legs. The remainder of the coat is longer
and wavy or curly. Traditionally the tail is docked very short but,
if undocked, it is carried curled over the dog's back.
Breed Description Head: Fine, wedge-shaped (approx. 20 cm
long), dry overall. Eyebrows not pronounced. Cheeks filled out. Stop
not pronounced. Straight nose bridge. Ears: Triangular, erect or semi-erect. Moderate length.
Attached toward the sides of the head. Erect ears are preferred and
must not be cropped. Eyes: Chestnut to black color. Medium size. Almond shape. Dark
rims. Body: Slightly longer than tall. Short, muscular back,
particularly in the short lumbar region. Chest not prominent. Ribs
well sprung. Solid, well-filled out flanks. Croup slightly sloped. Tail: Set on moderately high. Long, bushy hair. Carried below
the line of the back at rest, above when alert. Hair: Relatively soft. Wavy or curly. Never wooly. Short on
the face. Long (7 to 14 cm) on the back. Feathering and culottes on
the legs. Bushy undercoat. Coat: Black background. Some white markings on the throat,
forechest, and chest are permissible. White markings on the feet and
toes are tolerated, but not desirable. Size: Approx. 40 to 50 cm. Weight: 15 to 20 kg.
History This dog of eastern origin is almost unknown
outside his home country, where he has guarded farms and herds for
centuries. The breed is thought to be descended from northern
Croatian sheepdogs. According to written documents, the appearance
of this breed has not changed greatly from the 14th century to the
present day. Probably because it possesses an excellent hereditary
instinct for working sheep and cattle, selection on the basis of
usability was being carried out spontaneously, which has resulted
also in the balance of its look.
Behavior Lively, attentive, and of uncommon endurance,
the Croatian Sheepdog is easy to train.
Health The Croatian sheepdog is a healthy breed.
Advice This dog requires exercise and room to run.