Croatian Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Croatian Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginCroatia flagCroatia
Other Names
What other names does the Croatian Sheepdog have?
Kroatischer SchäferhundHrvatski ovcar
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Croatian Sheepdog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Croatian Sheepdog 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?
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Croatian Sheepdog, 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 Croatian Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Croatian Sheepdog gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Croatian Sheepdog?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Croatian Sheepdog Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Croatian Sheepdog weigh? Croatian Sheepdog weight:
29-43 pounds (13-20 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Croatian Sheepdog? Croatian Sheepdog average weight:
36 pounds (16.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Croatian Sheepdog? Croatian Sheepdog height:
16-21 inches (40-53 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Croatian Sheepdog average height:
18.5 inches (46.5 cm)

Croatian Sheepdog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Croatian Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Croatian Sheepdog's coat?
WhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Croatian Sheepdog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Croatian Sheepdog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Croatian Sheepdog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Croatian Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Kroatischer Schäferhund?
Croatian Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Croatian Sheepdog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Croatian Sheepdog every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Croatian Sheepdog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Croatian Sheepdog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileCompanionableIntelligentAlertEnergeticKeen
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Croatian Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Croatian Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Croatian Sheepdogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Croatian Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Croatian Sheepdog sensitivity:
Sensitive: Croatian Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Croatian Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered 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 Kroatischer Schäferhund need? Croatian Sheepdog social needs:
Croatian Sheepdogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Croatian Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Kroatischer Schäferhund bark?
Low to Average: The Croatian Sheepdog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Croatian Sheepdog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Croatian Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Croatian Sheepdog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Croatian Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Croatian Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Croatian Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Kroatischer Schäferhund? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Croatian Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Croatian Sheepdog 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Croatian Sheepdog has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Croatian Sheepdog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Croatian Sheepdog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Croatian Sheepdog do?
Croatian Sheepdogs have an 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 Croatian Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Croatian Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Croatian Sheepdog roam?
Croatian Sheepdogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Croatian Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Croatian 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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Croatian Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Croatian Sheepdog indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Croatian Sheepdogs 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?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Croatian Sheepdog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Croatian Sheepdog temperament with other people:
Croatian Sheepdogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Croatian Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Croatian Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Croatian Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Croatian Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Croatian Sheepdog temperament with children:
Croatian Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Croatian Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Croatian Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Croatian Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Croatian Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Croatian Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Croatian Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Croatian Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Croatian Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Croatian Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Croatian Sheepdogs be office dogs?
No
Croatian Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Croatian Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Kroatischer Schäferhund temperament with senior people? Are Croatian Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Croatian Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Croatian Sheepdog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Croatian Sheepdog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Croatian Sheepdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Croatian Sheepdog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Croatian Sheepdog see the vet?
Frequent
The Croatian Sheepdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Croatian Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Croatian Sheepdog be? What is the age limit of the Croatian Sheepdog? How many years can the oldest Croatian Sheepdog live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Croatian Sheepdog: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Croatian Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Croatian Sheepdogs 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 Croatian Sheepdog have? What is the activity level of the Croatian Sheepdog?
Croatian Sheepdogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Croatian Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Croatian Sheepdogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily 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?
Croatian Sheepdogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Croatian Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Croatian Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Croatian Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity. 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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Croatian Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Croatian Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Croatian Sheepdog 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 Croatian Sheepdog drool?
The Croatian Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Croatian Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Croatian Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Croatian Sheepdog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Croatian Sheepdog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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). Croatian Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Croatian Sheepdog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Croatian Sheepdog be an emotional support animal?

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. Croatian Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Croatian Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Croatian Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Croatian Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Croatian Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Croatian Sheepdog be a boat dog?

Not really

Croatian Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Croatian Sheepdog 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. Croatian Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Croatian Sheepdog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Croatian Sheepdog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Croatian Sheepdog: 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 Croatian Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Croatian Sheepdog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Croatian Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Croatian Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.

Croatian Sheepdog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Croatian Sheepdogs are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Croatian Sheepdog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Croatian Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Croatian Sheepdog has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Croatian Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Croatian Sheepdogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Croatian Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Croatian Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Croatian Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Croatian Sheepdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Croatian Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Office Friendly: Croatian Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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