Helping cats and dogs live their healthiest lives.
Sacred Birman kitten and Yorkshire Terrier adult standing in black and white on a white background
Breed Library

Croatian Shepherd Dog

Croatian Shepherd Dogs are among the smallest of the medium-sized dogs. Short hair on the head and legs is a distinctive characteristic of this all-black Slav.

About the Croatian Shepherd Dog

Croatian Shepherd Dogs have a strong instinct to guard the herd, but they are very well suited to watchdog duties, too. They are lively, attentive, undemanding and reputedly easy to train.

The breed slowly but surely spread from its native region of Slavonia in the east of Croatia to the rest of the country and then to various foreign states. Nowadays, many Croatian Shepherd Dogs are impressive sporting dogs. Due to their small size, they are very impressive on the agility course.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Croatia
Group
FCI Group 1, AKC Foundation Stock Service
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Loving / Confident / Friendly / Gentle / Intelligent / Quiet / Sociable

Key facts

  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Needs a lot of training
  • Needs a lot of exercise

Like & share this page

The healthiest start to life

Learn how to take care of your puppy's health during those first weeks and months of life.

Learn more
Labrador puppy standing in black and white on a white background

Lifetime of health

Get advice and information on how to provide the best care for your dog at every stage of life.

Learn more
Content Block With Text And Image 2