Standard of Bohemian Shepherd dog

Country of origin: Czech Republic 

Guarantor of the race: CMKU
Date of publication of the original standard: 28.10.1984

Use: work race, classification F.C. I.:
After its international recognition: Group 1 – dogs, pasture and dogs, to the driving of cattle, except Swiss cattle dogs.

1. General appearance (characteristic)

The Chodenländerhund is a medium-sized Shepherd-like dog with rectangular physique. He has long fur with rich undercoat. As a result, he is weatherproof and resistant. His harmonious physique is outstanding. All parts of the body are tuned that he acts as a unit compact and supple.
Characteristic of this breed is the position and wearing the short ears, elegant neck and neck line and beautiful hair. The movements are easy and free. It is characterized by its vibrant character without nervousness. He is affectionate, especially to children. Strangers to he is reserved, but if threatened his next or the owner, he can defend them. He is an excellent guard and protective companion dog that is suitable also for demanding training. He has an excellent sense of smell, thus he creates nose work with ease and temperament. Thanks to the ideal size and his obedience, you can educate him as a guide dog. It can be used with success in the rescue and avalanche search. He has also skills as a sheepdog, and is suitable for agility.

2. Important body proportions

Ideal parameter of a 2-year-old Chodenländerhundes:

Format index: hull length creates 110% of the height at Withers
Height index: chest creates 49% of the height at Withers
Head index: length creates 46% the length of the head.

3. Behavior and characteristic feature

A temperamental dog without excessive reactions. He is docile, attentive, obedient, compliant,yielding. He is humble, easy to maintain, and resistant. His attachment to children is admirable, and makes it a pleasant family dog. He is fearless, confident and extremely vigilant. He has an excellent sense of smell..

4. Head

The skull is flat and narrows slightly in the direction of the eye. Occipital spike is noticeable, but not visually striking. Nose is moderately shorter than the skull from which it is separated by a moderate stop . Eye arch are evident, not emerge but. The cheeks are dry and flat. The skin of the skull lot is curious, covered with short, smooth hair.

4.2. Facial skull

4.2.1. Fishing
Catch back is straight, parallel to the line of the skull. The catch narrows wedge-shaped to the muzzle.

4.2.2. Nose
Medium in size, full black pigmented, the nostril are open.

4.2.3. Lips
Solid, dry, well fitting with closed corners of the mouth.

4.2.4. Pine
Upper and lower jaw are proportional, strong and long.

4.2.5. JAWS
In, smooth, well stocked.

4.2.6. Teeth
Healthy, strong, snow white, in a regular position, complete scissor bite.

4.2.7. Eyes
Medium sized, almond-shaped, moderately oblique used. You should not protrude or are too deep. They are dark brown, are lively and have a pleasant expression. Eyelids are well situated.

4.2.8. Ears
Short prick ears, forward set, set high and situated close to each other. Ears are triangular, with broad-based. The earcups are densely hairy. The cropping is prohibited. As a whole, the head should be proportional to body size and noble work. The head should act to massive nor to soft. The characteristic and unique expression of the head is the right fix and due wear the ears, their size, shape and dense hair.

5. Neck

Proudly worn, harmoniously in the withers beyond our control. He should close an angle of 45 degrees with the horizontal. His hair is long and dense.

6. Body

6.1. Chest
Oval cross section extends to the elbow. The ribs are moderately arched.

6.2. Front chest
Is trained through the breast leg tip significantly.

6.3. Back
In the withers slightly increases, then just, that, not too long.

6.4. Loins
In short, supple, in a straight line to the back.

6.5. Belly
Fixed, tucked up.

6.6. Croup
As a smooth continuation of the loins, is moderately notable, tends to the rod.

6.7. Rod
In silence she ranges in light arch to the ankle. In the movement, she should reach the topline. Cropping is prohibited.

7. Gliedmassen

The shoulder blade is inclined, resistant to the chest adjacent and forming an angle of about 90 degrees with the long sleeve. The elbows are in good, neither off nor inwards out. The forearm is seen from all sides, completely straight and well muscled. The front foot is strong, relatively long and not too steep. The back of the forearm is covered with longer hair.

7.2. Hindquarters
Seen from the back straight, good angulation in the knee and ankle. Metatarsus is firm. The back of the thigh is covered with thick, long hair.

7.3. Paws
Medium in oval form. They have firm, elastic bales, arched and closed toes with short, strong, well pigmented claws.

8. Gait

The most used movement is a low trot with a diagonal displacement of the limbs. The movement is easy, smooth and spacious.

9. Skin

Looking forward, well lying all over my body. Black is the color of the bales and claws. The visible mucous membranes are dark pigmented.

10. Coat

On the neck, the front chest and side of the thorax, the hair is slightly held out, otherwise it is up to good. The Undercoat is dense and soft. The ears are rich hairy and at the base of the ear and the ear edge tuft of hair. Particularly long hair is on the back of the neck, back, and at the back of the forearms and thighs. The rich hair of the tail is a banner on the bottom.

10.1. Hair color

Black-metal black, with red-yellow badge, "black and tan". Ever satter, the badges are the better. A different color as mentioned above is not allowed. 
There are the badge:

  • on the edge and on the inner side of the ear
  • above the eyes
  • on the cheeks, from there they become fluent on the throat and form the characteristic Crescent
  • the badge on the chest are separated from those at the throat
  • at the international, from the toes up to the elbow
  • on the Hindlimbs and on the inner and rear thigh side from the toes to the ankle in the after-sales area

The insignia can develop on the underside of the chest, the abdomen and the rod and it may be missing on the back of the thigh. The head has a mask which is pronounced differently.


11. Size and weight

11.1. Withers
Male: 52-55 cm
Female: 49-52 cm
+/-2 cm

11.2. Weight
The weight is moving in the range of 18 to 25 kg.

12. Error

Any departure from the foregoing points must be regarded as a mistake, whose rating of deviation should be in exact proportion to its degree.

12.1. In particular

  • Lower or oversize up to 1 cm
  • little precious in the whole phenomenon
  • quilting speed
  • too much or missing stop
  • weak Pine
  • medium brown eyes
  • well recognised, but slightly longer ears
  • longer or shorter back
  • soft or steep front midfoot
  • too long or too short tail
  • side worn rod
  • ringed tail
  • shorter hair, finer hair
  • less lush red yellow badge (straw-yellow)
  • missing 1 or highest 2 setting provided for badge
  • More common badge at the head or at the breast, may at the same time on the head and chest. The dissemination but should head 25% and not exceed the 50% of the total area on the chest.

12.2. Severe error

  • Lower or oversize up to 2-3 cm
  • plumper or lymphatic appearance
  • Pacing
  • Ramsnase or saddle nose
  • protruding or deep placed eyes
  • light brown eyes
  • atypical shape of ear, badly placed ears, little solid ears
  • short neck
  • to flat or barrel shaped rib cage
  • outward or inward-turned elbow
  • steep shoulders
  • Saddle or carp back
  • little fixed lumbar
  • outward or inward-turned hocks (barrel-beinig, cow)
  • steep hindquarters
  • excessive angulation of the hindquarters
  • strongly sloping upper line
  • Rod registered backstroke
  • short hair, very wavy or curly hair, missing Undercoat
  • little rich (greyish) badge
  • Badge, the authorities laid on three or more are missing. Pure black hair color without badge is not permitted
  • too extensive badge at the head (more than 25%) and on the chest (more than 50%)
    -Badge which occur as provided for in other

12.3. Negative error

  • Under or oversized than 4 cm
  • all deviations from scissor bite: ago bite, Underbite, pincer bite
  • Tooth error (Chodenhund must be full-tooth)
  • Predator eye (yellow)
  • Folding ears
  • Cropped tail
  • other hair color than black with red yellow badge
  • white markings, de pigmentation of the nose, skin and mucous membranes
  • Anxiety or aggression
  • Males have two apparently normal testicles that are fully descended into the scrotum

Traduzione Dr. med. vet. Jan Nesvadba senior, after the Czech original by ING. j. Findejs