Original Name : Hrvatski Ovcar
Type : Lupoid
Male size : 15¾-20 inches
Female size : 15¾-20 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Croatia
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.
Relatively light, wedge-shaped and generally lean.
Withers not prominent. The transition between the neck and the back is gradual and barely perceptible. The back is short and muscular, as are the loins. The croup is of medium length, sloping slightly.
Black, with some white markings is acceptable.
Triangular, pricked or semipricked, of medium length and set slightly to the side.
Set moderately high, furnished with long, bushy hair.
The hair on the back is between 2¾-5 ½ inches long, but short on the face (head).
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 length of the body from the shoulder blade to the croup is about one tenth greater than the height to the withers, which produces a somewhat rectangular dog.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.
Croatian Shepherd Dogs were chiefly selected in the eastern region of Slavonia from imported breeds. Documents uncovered by Dr. Stjepan Romic in the diocese of Djakovo tell of a sheep and cattle dog breed used since the 14th century.