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Bucovina Shepherd

The Bucovina Shepherd, also known as the Bucovina Sheepdog or Caine Ciobanesc de Bucovina, is a breed of domestic shepherding dog that was used by Romanian shepherds to guard herds in the Carpathian Mountains. This breed was first used in Romania and received recognition by the Asociatia Chinologica Romana and 1982, the group that created its standard.

The Bucovina Shepherd has a large skull that is slightly elevated from the spine, with a long nose and strong jaws. The standard of the breed calls for small, slanted eyes that are chestnut in color, although the standard does allow for slightly lighter eyes. The body of this breed is strong and muscular and its skin is typically dark grey in color. Its fur is thin along the forelimbs and head, but thickens along the body, tail, and neck, where it has a mane. Its coloring is white with stark black or brindle patterned patches of fur, and small spots of darker fur on the legs are allowed by club standards. Although the breed standard allows for all white or black individuals, many breeders do not prefer to mate these dogs.

The Bucovina Shepherd is a calm breed and has a watchdog mentality by nature, so it does not trust strange humans or animals. However, it is well-behaved around children so makes an adequate pet, although it requires a large amount of outside space. The Bucovina Shepard has not been recognized FCI as an official breed, but as a provisional breed.

Image Caption: Bucovina sheepdog. Credit: P.Marlow/Wikipedia

Bucovina Shepherd