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Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart" Compare Bohemian Shepherd and Shetland Sheepdog. Which is better: Bohemian Shepherd or Shetland Sheepdog or Hovawart?
Name Bohemian Shepherd Shetland Sheepdog Hovawart
OriginsCzech Republic Scotland Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank55424375
Reviews251
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Other Names Chodský pes, Czech Sheepdog, Bohemian Herder, Chodenhund Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie Hovie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Foundation Stock Service Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $500-$600 $800-$1000 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart

Size Medium Medium Large Giant
Weight 33-55 pounds (16-25 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Avg. Weight 44 pounds (20.5 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg) 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Height 19-22 inches (48-56 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)
Avg. Height 20.5 inches (52 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm) 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)

Hair & Care - Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart

Coat Dense Dense Silky
Colors Tan Black White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black Golden Blonde Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Bohemian Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Bohemian Shepherds shed moderately.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Hovawarts shed moderately.

Characteristics - Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart

Temperament Active Intelligent Trainable Courageous Stable Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful Watchful Reserved Devoted Outright Tempered Active
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bohemian Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Bohemian Shepherds are quite easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Hovawarts are easy to train.
Playfulness
Bohemian Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Bohemian Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Bohemian Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Hovawarts are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Bohemian Shepherd rarely barks.
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Bohemian Shepherds are good watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Bohemian Shepherds strongly protect their territory.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Bohemian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bohemian Shepherds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bohemian Shepherds have average wanderlust potential.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Bohemian Shepherds have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Hovawarts have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Bohemian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bohemian Shepherds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Shetland Sheepdogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Hovawarts do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart

Stranger Friendly
Bohemian Shepherds are average friendly towards strangers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bohemian Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bohemian Shepherds are cat-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Bohemian Shepherds are dog-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bohemian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bohemian Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bohemian Shepherds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bohemian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shetland Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Bohemian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Hovawart breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart

Health Issues
Bohemian Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Haemophilia Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Trichiasis Von Willebrand's Disease Hip Dysplasia Underactive Thyroid
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 12-14 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Bohemian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Hovawarts have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Bohemian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Bohemian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shetland Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Bohemian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bohemian Shepherd is an average drooler.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bohemian Shepherd vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Hovawart

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 4-6 puppies 6-8 puppies

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