Romanian Bucovina Shepherd

Temperament:

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 Romanian Bucovina Sheepdog is one of the Romanian herding dogs. In its homeland, it is called "Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina". Due to its large stature, it radiates self-confidence and pride. He guards the house and farm and protects his family. It was originally bred to protect herds of cattle and therefore needs a lot of exercise. It is not suitable for beginners. An experienced dog owner is required to keep them in a species-appropriate manner.

Romanian Bucovina Shepherd
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Characteristics

The Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog is recognized by the FCI and is assigned to Group 2, Section 2: Mountain Dogs.

Romanian Bukovina Sheepdogs are large, imposing and characterized by an upright posture. Males are significantly larger and heavier than females. The muscular build gives the dogs good stamina.

Compared to the massive head, the almond-shaped eyes appear rather small. They are set at an angle and the eye color is brown or slightly lighter. The V-shaped ears with slightly rounded tips are set relatively high and lie close to the head.

The coat of the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog is white or white-beige with black, gray or red patches. The undercoat is short and dense, the outer coat is long, smooth and coarse. The tail is bushy and it has a mane on the back of the neck.

Its imposing appearance makes the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog appear proud and haughty. It is described as loyal, calm, even-tempered and protective. Due to its courageous character, it is mainly used as a guard dog. It can easily fend off dangerous animals such as wolves, lynxes and bears.

He is suspicious of strangers and barks with a strong voice, which also makes him a good watchdog. Due to these characteristics, it is only suitable as a family dog to a limited extent.

Coat care:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Shedding:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Energy level:

Little
Medium
High

Trainability:

Little
Medium
Good

Children suitable:

Less
With supervision
Perfect

The right food

In terms of diet, the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog is relatively undemanding. The meagre food supply in the country of origin has meant that the dogs have adapted to a low-protein diet. When feeding the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog, feed with a high protein content should therefore be avoided. An oversupply of animal protein can lead to allergic reactions.

As the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog grows to be very large, a balanced diet is very important during the growth phase. However, care should be taken to ensure that the four-legged friend does not put on weight too quickly. Otherwise the joints could be damaged. Adult dogs only need a small amount of food. In addition to high-quality ready-made food, you can also offer your pet milk and cereal products.

Health & Care

Due to its use as a guard dog, the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog is adapted to all weather conditions and is therefore easy to care for.

You should brush your four-legged friend's coat regularly to remove dust and dirt. It is also important to check your dog thoroughly for ticks, as the culprits are often overlooked in thick fur.

Check your dog's eyes and ears regularly. Clean them carefully to avoid inflammation. It is also important to check the paws. As the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog spends a lot of time out in nature, thorns or stones can injure its paws. It is advisable to consult a vet in the event of injuries.

Suitable accessories

The Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog prefers to live outdoors. A large doghouse as a shelter is therefore recommended. The property where it lives should also be fenced in so that it can move freely in its territory.

Long walks are important. A tow lead is recommended when walking your dog. This allows him to live out his urge to move.

A brush and special tick tweezers are needed for grooming.

Ciobănesc Românesc De Bucovina Origin

Origin & History

The Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog originates from south-eastern Europe. Originally, it was a natural breed from the Carpathian Mountains, which lived in the border region between Romania and Serbia. Today it is a recognized herding dog.

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

Bukovina played a special role in the breeding of special livestock guarding dogs. As early as the 18th century, the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog was bred here specifically as a guard and watchdog. It was intended to support the herdsmen and shepherds in their work. The region also gave the breed its name.

Although the Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog was originally bred to protect livestock in the Carpathian Mountains, it has become increasingly popular as a guard and family dog in recent years.