Country of OriginCzech Republic
Nicknames and Other NamesBohemian Herder, Chodenhund,
Chodský pes, Czech Sheepdog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupSheepdog, Herding Dog, Guard Dog
Bred ForHerding Sheep, Guarding
Recognized ByAKC, FCI
Life Span12-15 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 41-60 Pounds
Female: 37-53 Pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 20.5-21.7 Inches
Female: 19.3-20.5 Inches
Fur TypeLong outer coat, thick, coarse
Soft Undercoat, Short
Common ColorsBlack
MarkingsTan Markings
AvailabilityModerately Available
AchievementsSymbol of Czech young scout’s badges
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToGerman Shepherd

Bohemian Shepherd which is also known as Chodský Pes is a large-sized dog breed. It is a muscular, strong, powerful dog breed with an athletic body that is very much similar to the German Shepherd.

Due to its devotion, love, and loyalness, Bohemian makes an excellent family companion. It is best suited for an active family member in a house with an open space. It also does well with other pets in the family and gets along with them pretty well.

Origin and History

The Bohemian Shepherd was originated in the Czech Republic which was also used as a guard dog in Bohemian southern borders and homes. It was the trustworthy companion of the Chods while guarding the borders in the Southern Czech Republic.

After the World War, it was almost forgotten and lost but Dr. Vilem Kurz and Mr. Jan Findejs recovered this breed in 1984.

The FCI has provisionally recognized the Bohemian Shepherd since 2019. The American Kennel Club has registered it under Foundation Stock Service and yet to be fully recognized.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Bohemian Shepherd is calm, gentle, loyal, and devoted. Although they are a big dog who gives a vicious impression, at first sight, they are well known as a calm and gentle breed. They are very devoted to their family which makes an excellent family companion.

Behavior: Bohemian Shepherd is a very active working dog that was bred as a versatile working dog. They need regular vigorous exercise and if they do not get that, they tend to become destructive and depressed. So involve them in household work as well in physical activities like sports, running, and playing.

Personality: The personality of the Bohemian Shepherd is intelligent, courageous, alert. They are likely to make a sound whenever they hear some noise in the surroundings or when someone is crossing their territory. Although they are not likely to bite or get aggressive, they will bark and warn their owners.

Bohemian Shepherd running on the field
Bohemian Shepherd running on the field.
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Bohemian Shepherd is a highly trainable dog that can only be trained by an experienced dog owner. They tend to respond well to a positive method of training, so reward them with lots of vocal praises, treats, and a gentle pat on the back.

Once they master the obedience training, enroll them in agility. Never be harsh on them or use force hands on them.

Training Bohemian Shepherd.

Is Bohemian Shepherd Chil-Friendly?

Bohemian Shepherd gets along with children very well as they are very loving, affectionate, and gentle with kids. Due to their energetic and playful nature, they make a great playmate for children.

Although they are a friendly dog, their interaction with kids should always be supervised so there is no hurt or misbehavior from either party.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism,
Patellar Luxation
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialModerate
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 22%-25%
Fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes

The Bohemian Shepherd is generally a healthy dog breed with few possible canine health conditions.

  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a genetic condition where the hip joint of the dog is either underdeveloped or dislocated from its original place. So before buying a pup from a breeder, always check for its parent’s health issues.
  • Bloat: When the abdomen of your dog looks like a balloon, it is due bloat. It is mostly due to improper eating habits. So, feed them a complete balanced diet and healthy food.


  • Bohemian Shepherd is one of the first breeds that the king gave consent to be bred for a specific reason.
  • The symbol of the Bohemian Shepherd is on Czech young scout’s badges.


The Bohemian comes in the following colors and markings:

  • Black
  • Tan Markings


Cost: The average cost of the Bohemian Shepherd puppy is between $700-$900 USD.


Height: The average height of the Bohemian Shepherd is between 19-21.5 inches

Weight: The average weight of the Bohemian Shepherd is between 37-60 pounds.

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