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Tatra Shepherd Dog

Tatra Shepherd Dogs are born to guard. Even when they seem to be asleep, they are primed to respond at the slightest entreaty with astonishing speed and vigor.

About the Tatra Shepherd Dog

Tatras are herders and watchdogs with an imposing attitude and attractive appearance that make them much-loved companions. The first standard in 1938 highlighted these aptitudes. Their dense coat allows them to thrive in extreme climates.

Podhalans are strong, compact dogs that exude power and mobility. At first look, these strong animals can be reminiscent of another big white breed, the Kuvasz, but on closer inspection the Pole differs from the Hungarian in many areas, not least its commanding head.

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

Breed specifics

Country
Poland
Group
FCI Group 1
Size category
Large
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Loving / Assertive / Alert / Calm / Confident / Independent / Intelligent / Loyal / Obedient / Quiet / Sociable

Key facts

  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Training should start early

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