Origin: Czech Republic
Dog Breed Group: Pastoral (Herding Dog)
Life Span: 10-13 years
Weight: Male: 18.5-27, Female: 16-24
Height: Male: 20.5-21.5, Female: 19.5-20.5
Origin of Name: The Bohemian Shepherd has a medium size, standing 48-55 cm (19-22 inches) at the withers and weighing about 15-25 kg (35-55 lb).
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The monarchy of the Kingdom of Bohemia recruited the Chodowe people to serve as guards from a possible Germanic expansion into Bohemia at the borders between Bohemia and Bavaria. In 1325, the King of Bohemia acknowledged the rights of the Chodoway people to breed special dogs to assist in patrolling the borders. This breed was known as Chodsky Pace (Bohemian Shepherd). In addition to guarding, people used these dogs for pastoral work. As with many races, the post-war era almost lost the Chodsky profession and was forgotten. In 1984, Drs. Willem Kurz and Mr. Jan Findage launched the renovation of this beloved breed and tried to find the remaining Chodsky Pace to reestablish the Czech breed. The breed standard was approved and resulted in the birth of the first litter in 1985.