Dog Training

Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina


Calm, Devoted, Protective
Size: Large
Height: 64-78 cm
Weight: 32-41 kg
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Coat: Longhair
Colors: Black and white, Grey and white, White, Brindle
FCI Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

The Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina belongs to the Romanian shepherd dogs. Due to its large stature, it radiates self-confidence and pride. He guards house and yard and protects his family. Originally, he was bred to protect herds of cattle and accordingly needs a lot of exercise. It is not suitable for beginners. It requires an experienced dog owner to ensure a species-appropriate attitude.

Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina
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The Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina is also called Southeast European Sheepdog. The breed is provisionally recognized by the FCI and is assigned to Group 2, Section 2: Mountain Dog.

Southeast European Shepherds are large, imposing and characterized by an upright posture. Male dogs are significantly larger and heavier than their female counterparts. Due to their muscular build, the dogs have good endurance.

Compared to the massive head, the almond-shaped eyes appear rather small. They are set obliquely and the eye color is brown or a little lighter. The v-shaped ears with a slightly rounded tip are set relatively high and lie close to the head.

The coat of the Southeast European Sheepdog is white or white-beige with black, gray or red patches. The undercoat is short and dense, the main coat is long, smooth and rough. The tail is bushy and in the neck the animal has a mane.

Its impressive appearance makes the Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina look haughty and proud. He is characterized as loyal, calm, balanced and protective. Due to its courageous nature, it is mainly used as a guard dog. Dangerous animals such as wolves, lynxes and bears he can easily fend off. He is suspicious of strangers and barks with a strong voice, so he also excels as a guard dog. As a family dog he is only conditionally suitable because of these characteristics.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

In terms of nutrition, the Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina is relatively undemanding. The meager food supply in the country of origin has caused the dogs to adapt to a low protein diet. When feeding your Southeast European Sheepdog, you should therefore avoid foods with a high protein content. An oversupply of animal protein can lead to allergic reactions.

Since the Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina grows very large, a balanced diet is very important during the growth phase. However, you should make sure that your four-legged friend does not gain weight too quickly. Otherwise, the joints could be damaged. Adult dogs need only a little food. In addition to high-quality ready-made food, you can also offer your pet dairy and cereal products.

Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina Care

Due to its use as a guard dog, the Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina is adapted to all weather conditions and therefore easy to care for. You should brush your four-legged friend's coat regularly to rid it of dust and dirt. It is also important to check your dog thoroughly for ticks, because in the dense fur the culprits are often overlooked.

You should check your dog's eyes and ears regularly. Clean them carefully, so that no inflammations arise. Checking the paws is also important. Since the Southeastern European Shepherd Dog moves a lot in the wild, thorns or stones can injure his paws. If you discover any injuries, a visit to the vet is advisable.

Suitable accessories

The Southeast European Shepherd Dog prefers to live outside in the fresh air. A large doghouse as a shelter is therefore advisable. In addition, the property where he lives should be fenced, so that he can move freely in his territory.

Long walks are important. When you take your four-legged friend out, a drag line is recommended. This way he can satisfy his urge to move.

A brush and special tick pliers are required for coat care.

Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina Origin

Origin & History

The Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina originates from Southeastern Europe. Originally, this dog was a natural breed from the Carpathian Mountains, living in the border area between Romania and Serbia. Today it is a recognized shepherd dog.

Romania is one of the countries with a very old pastoral culture. Already several thousand years ago, huge flocks of sheep and goats were driven to distant mountain meadows in spring and brought back to the valleys in autumn. Dogs were used to protect the herds from thieves and dangerous predators.

In the breeding of special guard dogs, the Bukovina region played a very special role. As early as the 18th century, the Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina was bred here specifically as a guard and watch dog. Its role was to assist shepherds and shepherds in their work. The region was also eponymous for the breed.

Although the Southeastern European Sheepdog was bred to protect livestock in the Carpathian Mountains, in recent years it has become more popular as a guard and family dog.

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