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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

FCI Group 1, AKC Foundation Stock Service
Size category
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

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