Cierny Sery Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Cierny Sery so you can get to know the breed more.
Other Names |
What other names does the Cierny Sery have? The dog breed also known as...
|Black Sherry, Slovak Shepherd, Slovak Shepherd Dog, Black Slovak Shepherd, Black Slovak Shepherd Dog, Slovak Sheepdog, Black Slovak Sheepdog|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Cierny Sery recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Cierny Sery recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cierny Sery breed?
|Dog Registry of America Inc.Slovenská Federácia kynologických Klubov of the Slovak Republic (SFKK)United Kennel Club|
How much does the Cierny Sery puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Cierny Sery price:
If you choose to purchase the Cierny Sery, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cierny Sery for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cierny Sery gets to a happy place.
Cierny Sery History
Even though that the Cierny Sery is a relatively newly developed breed, however, interestingly, its exact history is very uncertain because of the lack of records and documentation about the breed. Nonetheless, it is certain that the Cierny Sery, or in its other name, the Slovakian Black Sheepdog is originated from Slovakia, from Central Europe.
The process of creating the Cierny Sery started around the early 1980s, according to what most documents stated. Originally, the breed was developed to be a guarding dog for livestock and people. This naturally made them very protective and granted them extremely keen senses. It was said that the Cierny Sery could even take on a fight with a wild wolf or with a bear and easily win while protecting their fellow humans, or their livestock. It is thought that the Cierny Sery’s primary ancestor is the Altdeutsche Hütehund (Old German Sheepdog), however, some other documents state that this Slovak breed was actually developed by using Belgian Sheepdogs and mixing them with the Altdeutsche Hütehund. The uncertainty around the breed’s history is very significant, many other sources also suggested that the Cierny Sery’s DNA also contains some Schnauzer too. Presumably, the Giant Schnauzer was added to the mix with the intention of increasing the Cierny Sery’s size and also to add their signature solid, all-black appearance. Mrs. Zdena Seryova is one of the several breeders who is credited with the initial creation of the Cierny Sery.
For the reason that the Cierny Sery is very similar in appearance to the German Shepherd, it was not until the late 1980s, that the breed got officially distinguished from the German Shepherd, and from other shepherd breeds as well. The Cierny Sery also has some very differentiating wolf-like external features, especially resembling the Carpathian Wolf. Nevertheless, the Cierny Sery is really elegant, strong, athletic, and very balanced in appearance, besides being even-tempered too. The breed is especially known for its love of people and children. Speaking of the breed’s behavioral patterns, the Cierny Sery is believed to be one of the most sensitive dog breeds, they cannot be trained using harsh training methods, it is said that any trainer should treat these dogs as they were humans.
The Cierny Sery is rather a rare breed, for the reason that they are not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs, just registered by the SFKK (Slovenská Federácia Kynologických Klubov of the Slovak Republic) and the DRA (Dog Registry of America, Inc.). Moreover, another factor is that the German and even the Belgian Shepherd are much popular and spread over in the whole world, leaving little space for the Cierny Sery. Because of their rareness, it is not usual to see a Cierny Sery as a working dog, even though the breed was proved to be just as good police, bomb-detecting, service, or therapy dog as the German Shepherd.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Cierny Sery size:
How much does the Cierny Sery weigh? Cierny Sery weight:
|Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 44-57 pounds (20-26 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Cierny Sery? Cierny Sery average weight:
|Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 50.5 pounds (23 kg)|
How tall is the Cierny Sery? Cierny Sery height:
|Male: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Cierny Sery average height:
|Male: 25 inch (63 cm), Female: 23 inch (58 cm)|
What type of coat does the Cierny Sery have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cierny Sery's coat?
How to groom the Cierny Sery and how often?
Advanced: The Cierny Sery requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Cierny Sery a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Cierny Sery, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do Cierny Sery dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Black Sherry? Cierny Sery shedding level:
Cierny Serys are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
What kind of personality does the Cierny Sery have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Cierny Sery? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Cierny Sery is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Are Cierny Sery dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Cierny Serys are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
How playful is this breed?
Cierny Serys, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Cierny Sery sensitivity:
Cierny Serys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they?
Cierny Serys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Black Sherry need? Cierny Sery social needs:
Cierny Serys need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Cierny Sery dogs bark a lot? Why does my Slovak Shepherd bark?
Average to high: The Cierny Sery is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Cierny Sery good as a watchdog?
Cierny Serys are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Cierny Serys will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Cierny Sery dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Cierny Serys are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential |
Do Cierny Sery bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Black Sherry? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cierny Sery? Why do dog bites happen?
The Cierny Sery has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cierny Sery do?
Cierny Serys have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cierny Serys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Cierny Sery to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cierny Sery roam?
Cierny Serys tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cierny Sery have high prey drive?
Cierny Serys have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Cierny Sery good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Cierny Serys are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cierny Serys adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Cierny Serys tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog |
Where Cierny Sery dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they friendly with strangers?
Cierny Serys are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Cierny Sery dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cierny Sery and children:
Cierny Serys are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Cierny Sery dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Cierny Serys are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Cierny Sery good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cierny Sery dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Cierny Serys are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Cierny Sery is not a good choice.
Office Friendly |
Are Cierny Serys good office dogs? Do Cierny Serys make good office friendly dogs? Can Cierny Serys be office dogs?
Cierny Sery is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cierny Sery dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Black Sherry temperament with senior people? Are Cierny Sery dogs good for elderly owners?
Cierny Serys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cierny Sery dogs get along with other pets? Are Cierny Sery dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cierny Serys are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Cierny Sery breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Cierny Serys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cierny Sery be a service dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Cierny Sery is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cierny Sery be a therapy dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Cierny Sery is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cierny Sery be a 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. Cierny Sery is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cierny Sery be a search and rescue dog?
|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. The Cierny Sery is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cierny Sery be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Cierny Sery breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cierny Sery be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Cierny Sery is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do Cierny Sery dogs have health problems?
The Cierny Sery is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems |
What health problems does the Cierny Sery breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cierny Sery breed? Health risks of Cierny Sery:
|CancerHeart ProblemsCardiomyopathyHeat IntoleranceHip DysplasiaElbow DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)|
Life Expectancy |
How long do Cierny Sery dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Cierny Sery be?
Is the Cierny Sery breed hypoallergenic?
Cierny Serys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Cierny Sery have?
Cierny Serys have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need |
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Cierny Sery dogs require per day?
Cierny Serys need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Cierny Serys sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the Cierny Sery need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cierny Sery risk for obesity:
Average. The Cierny Sery has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cierny Sery's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers average to cold weather conditions|
The Cierny Sery can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Cierny Sery has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the Cierny Sery drool?
The Cierny Sery is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female Cierny Sery: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the Cierny Sery have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Cierny Sery have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Cierny Sery Pros & Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Cierny Sery is an excellent dog breed.
- Trainability: Cierny Serys are very easy to train.
- Apartment Friendly: Cierny Serys are apartment-friendly dogs.
- Watchdog Ability: Cierny Serys are good watchdogs.
- Mouthiness: Cierny Serys have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Cierny Serys tend to escape less than other breeds.
- Adaptability: Cierny Serys adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
- Child Friendly: Cierny Serys are very kid-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Cierny Serys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
- Hypoallergenic: Cierny Serys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Grooming: Advanced: The Cierny Sery requires a lot of grooming.
- Shedding Level: Cierny Serys are heavy shedders.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cierny Serys tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
- Dog Friendly: Cierny Serys are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Cierny Sery is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: Cierny Serys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.