The “Czech Shepherd”

Our curiosity was piqued after watching the heartwarming video below:

What, we wondered, is a “Czech Shepherd?”

After a little homework, this is what we gleaned:

The Czech Shepherd is a line of German Shepherd Dog that traces back to the first officially registered German Shepherd, Horand von Grafrath.

After World War II, Czechoslovakia shared a border with East Germany, and dogs were bred in relative isolation that was restricted to the border stations on that border. The majority of these dogs were remnants from the former East Germany, but dogs from the Czechoslovakian Army’s border patrol, or Pohranicni Straze, were also used in the strict breeding program.  For anyone who’s wondering, Czech line German Shepherds and East German DDR German Shepherds are essentially the same bloodline.

As compared to German Shepherd Dogs we’d see in America, Czech German Shepherds tend to be smaller,their ears are often slightly smaller, and instead of the traditional saddle coloration, most are more uniform in color ranging from a wolfish grey (like “Ikar” in the video) to dark brown, and even solid black. Some people think Czech Shepherds also have slightly more wolfish features than other lines.  The dogs were bred to be working dogs, and we discovered that Czech Shepherds are often preferred by both military companies and police organizations for their agility, strong work ethic, and tremendous tracking ability.

2 thoughts on “The “Czech Shepherd””

  1. My wife and I have an all black German Shepherd(Czech) with orange eyes. She is 2 years old. A lot of people think she is a hybrid wolf. She weighs about 70 pounds. As far as temperament she does not like going into stores and does not like strangers. With my family she is the most loving dog. She is always in protection mode though. She sleeps at night in a large kennel in our bedroom with the gate open. She does not wander. Ever since we brought her home she has loved sleeping in the kennel. As far as exercise she gets ran pretty much every day in an open field by our house. We have 2 cats that she gets along with. Other cats though she dislikes. When we first adopted her at 5 weeks we did not know of her blood lines. It was through a friend my wife works with that trains dogs for protection that we learned about her being a Czech Shepherd. We both love her very much and are glad she is part of our family.

    • A lovely description of your dog, Doug, and of her work ethic. It sounds as if she is very lucky to have been found by a family who understands her temperament and needs. If you ever get the chance, we’d love to see a picture of her.

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