The Bohemian Shepherd is a medium-sized shepherd with a long, thick coat and dense undercoat that allows them to work in the harsh climate of the Czech Republic. Also known as the Chodsky pes, Chodenhund, Czech Sheepdog, and Bohemian Herder, the Bohemian Shepherd is an energetic, happy dog that is excellent with children and other pets. They are not known to be aggressive and are easy to train, wanting to please their master in everything they do. Without proper socialization, they can become wary of strangers. While similar to its other shepherd cousins, the Bohemian Shepherd is not well known outside of its native Czech Republic.
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The Bohemian Shepherd is not a well-known breed of dog except in the Czech Republic. They have not yet been accepted by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) or American Kennel Club (AKC). There is only a small population of Bohemian Shepherds that can have their lineage traced back to prove they are indeed purebred. Nera is one of these Bohemian Shepherds that has had her lineage traced and has been proven to be a purebred. The Bohemian Shepherd breed is an ancient breed dating back to around 1325 when they were depicted as living with the Chodsky people from the region of Chodsko in South Bohemia during the reign of King John of Luxemburg. The Chodsky were free people and they defended the former Czech-Bavarian borders using weaponry and the Bohemian Shepherd. By 1576, the Chodsky people were using the Bohemian Shepherd to hunt and guard their lands under the rule of Emperor Rudolph II. All of the dogs of this breed came from the villages in South Bohemia. Breeders began selling Bohemian Shepherds into Bavaria. The Bohemian Shepherd was one of the best-kept secrets along the Czech borders until 1984 when an article was published requesting owners of the Bohemian Shepherd to come forward and participate in a research project. The Klub Pratel Chodskeho PSA or the Association of Friends of the Chodsky Dog was started and the breed was accepted by the Czech Kennel Club that same year. The Bohemian Shepherd became a popular breed throughout the Netherlands and the Chodsky Pes Club Netherlands was formed.
As breeding of the Bohemian Shepherd intensified, it soon became apparent there was a problem. There was a small gene pool due to the small number of Bohemian Shepherds within the Netherlands; therefore, inbreeding began to occur resulting in additional health problems within the breed. The Dutch breeders reached out to the Czech breeders and began developing a database of dogs with pure Bohemian Shepherd lineage. There were initially twelve dogs listed, however, only six dogs could be found within the pedigrees of the dogs being bred in the Netherlands. Information on the other six dogs had been misplaced. Therefore, the breeding program within the Netherlands was based only on six dogs: Nera, Fox, Blesk, Dixi, Karus, and Celina. The Dutch began importing dogs that had at least part Bohemian Shepherd for use in their breeding programs, causing a rift between the Czech breeders and Dutch breeders.
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Most people within North America are not familiar with the Bohemian Shepherd, even though they are excellent family companions and easy to train. There are no known breeders of the Bohemian Shepherd within the United States or Canada and the only way to add a Bohemian Shepherd to your family would be to find a breeder either in the Czech Republic or the Netherlands. There may be a handful of breeders in other European countries but they would be difficult to locate. After making the important decision to bring a Bohemian Shepherd home, it will be time to start looking for a name for your new companion. Since they are not known in the United States and many people may think they are exotic, play that up and look for a name that is playful and unique. They deserve a name that honors their illustrious heritage while also showcasing their family-friendly personality. Take some time to search names with Czech or Dutch roots, depending on where your new Bohemian Shepherd is being imported. Make sure the entire family is on board with the naming process. It is an exciting time when bringing home a new family member and everyone needs to feel included.