The Croatian Sheepdog is a herding breed that originated in Croatia. Sometimes incorrectly labeled as a livestock guardian, it often works with a large dog that specializes in defense of the flock, such as the Karst Shepherd or Sarplaninac. Aside from sheep, it is adept at herding cattle, pigs, and horses.
Compared to other breeds the Croatian Sheepdog is comparatively “harder” when working. It sticks close to the herd as it drives them, forcing obedience from stragglers. In tight quarters it will run on the back of its charges and can work independently from humans.
Croatian Sheepdog Standards
- 29-43 lbs
- medium-sized sheepdog
- triangular ears may be pricked or semi-pricked
- may be born tailess, bobbed, or a long, often docked where legal
- double coat is soft and dense, may be wavy or curly
History of the Croatian Sheepdog
The Croatian Sheepdog has been present in Croatia for at least 1,000 years. Written records date back to the late 1300s. Due to its antiquity, it is unknown which breeds were used in their development. However, they have a strong resemblance to the Mudi of Hungary. It is possible they share the same root stock.
Today the Croatian Sheepdog is slowly gaining worldwide interest. This is likely due to their versatility. They are just as content in the role of a companion as a working dog and excel at sports such as agility.