Croatian Shepherd Dog

Other names : Croatian Sheepdog, Hrvatski Ovcar, Kroatischer Schäferhund

Photo: adult dog of Croatian Shepherd Dog breed
Photo: puppy of Croatian Shepherd Dog breed
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Life expectancy

The Croatian Shepherd Dog has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 16 and 20 in
Male Between 16 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 33 and 44 lb
Male Between 33 and 44 lb
Coat colour
Black White
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Croatian Shepherd Dog costs between £1000 and £1200

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More details about the Croatian Shepherd Dog

Croatian Shepherd Dog: Origins and history

The Croatian Sheepdog’s origins can be traced back to the 14th century, although some experts suggest they were first developed in the 7th century. According to ancient written documents, the breed has changed very little over the centuries. This is largely due to a lack of crossbreeding, which is a testament to this dog’s natural abilities. A first-rate working dog, the Croatian Sheepdog was used to herd cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens. Due to the nature of its work, the breed tends to form a lifelong bond with a single owner. Dogs who are re-homed or adopted often pine for their former master and it takes them a long time to form new relationships. Due to a shift in agricultural techniques, fewer and fewer sheepdogs are earning their keep in the traditional way. However, many now compete in agility and herding trials. The breed was first registered by the FCI in 1969. 

FCI classification of the Croatian Shepherd Dog

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Croatian Shepherd Dog

This dog has a strong work ethic and a natural desire to please. Very trainable in the right hands. 

Croatian Shepherd Dog: Purchase price

The initial cost of a Croatian Sheepdog puppy is between £1,000 to £1,200. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £50 to £100 a month. 

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