At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 58 - 88 lbs.

Height: 20" - 24"

Life Span: 11 - 12 years

Karst Shepherd

Also know as: Istrian Shepherd, Krasky Ovcar

Group: Herding

Origin: Balkans / Slovenia (Middle Ages)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: The Karst Shepherd has been guarding flocks in the Karst region of the former Yugoslavia since the Middle Ages. Recent political and economic stability in Slovenia has caused locals to take a renewed interest in native dog breeds, and the Karst Shepherd is becoming more popular.

Temperament / Behavior
This breed is independent, reliable and brave. The Karst Shepherd is a confident working breed that prefers to be considered an equal rather than a subordinate. This trait can make training difficult, but Karsts do respond well to patient, consistent trainers. A human's forceful nature will only result in the dog's rejection of both the training and the person. If the Karst feels it is on the same level as its owner (a partner), then it will be obedient. This breed prefers cool climates and a job to do, like herding.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Karst Shepherd usually attends to its own exercise needs if given a rural home with plenty of outdoor space. If kept in a suburban home, this breed will require daily walks, runs, romps and playtime. Due to its size and need for constant exercise, this breed is not recommended for apartment or city living.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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