So you’re looking to adopt an Croatian Sheepdog, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “Petar Horvat, the bishop of Djakovo, wrote in 1374 that Croats had brought a shepherd dog along on the move to their new land. He referred to the dog as Canis Pastoralis Croaticus—the Croatian Shepherd Dog.The bishop of Djakovo, Peter Bakic also wrote about the Croatian Sheepdog in his 1719 manuscript “On the Life of the People and Raising of Stock in Djakovo and it’s Surroundings in 1719”. He quoted the words written by Bishop Petar in 1374 and, providing his own description of the dog, stated that the Croatian Sheepdog had not changed since the record (from 1374 to 1719) and had not changed in appearance from that described by Bishop Petar in 1374.A systematic selection breeding program was started by the “father of the breed” – veterinarian Prof Dr Stjepan Romic in 1935 with dogs in the territory of Djakovo. After 34 years of work, the breed was recognized by the FCI in 1969. The Croatian Sheepdog is an agile, helpful and humble shepherd dog, self-reliant to his owner, brave and trustworthy. He is the true master of his flock, often running through the back of the herd to get to the point of intervention as soon as possible.”
An Croatian Sheepdog typically ranges from 40.64cm to 50.8cm in height, and weighs from 13.15417873kg to 19.958064280000002kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Croatian Sheepdog breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Croatian Sheepdog insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.