FCI Standard No. 277
ORIGIN: Republic of Croatia
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 23.6.1969
UTILISATION: This breed possesses an
excellent hereditary instinct for herding all kind of livestock
but also he could be easily trained for all kind of dog
sports. He is very good watchdog, loveable house pet.
CLASSIFICATION FCI: Group 1. Sheepdogs
and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
Section 1. Sheepdogs
Without working trial
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Croatian Sheepdog
is of lower medium height. Its base color is black. Short
hairs on the head and legs characterize the breed.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: It is a lithe,
keen and modest shepherds dog, which can easily be trained.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: The body length
exceeds the height at the withers for approximately 10%,
so the dog is of somewhat elongated square shape.
Generally: The head is relatively light, lean and wedge
shaped. The ratio between the muzzle and the skull is 9 :
11. The total length of the head is about 20 cm.
Skull: Slightly rounded skull tapering towards the
nose. The eyebrow arches are not pronounced. The cheeks are
rounded. The occiput can be distinct.
Stop: Slightly pronounced.
Nose: Always black and in the line with the nose ridge.
Muzzle: Lean, nose ridge looking from the profile is straight
and is a wedge-shaped extension of the skull. The lower jaw
is well developed and forms a harmonious whole with line of
the nose ridge. The muzzle is neither pointed nor square.
Teeth: Good developed, complete scissors bite. Level bite
is acceptable but not desirable.
Lips: Dry, close fitting and supple. The visible lip pigment
is black. Corner of the mouth is tight.
Eyes: Chestnut brown to black, medium in size, almond-shaped,
they give lively expression to the dog, set horizontally.
The rims of the eyelids are dark pigmented and tight, fit
close to the eyeballs.
Ears: Triangular in shape,
medium-sized, erect or semi-erect, somewhat set to the side.
Erect ears are more desirable. Ear cropping is not allowed.
NECK: Slightly rises above the back line, the upper and
lower lines of the neck are straight. Moderately long, it
is of medium strength, deep and well rounded, muscular. The
skin is without dewlap and is covered with a dense coat.
Withers: Not pronounced. The transition to the neck is
Back: Straight, short and muscular.
Loin: Short and firmly coupled.
Chest: Medium long, broad and deep enough. Ribs sprung,
forechest slightly pronounced. The transition to the neck
is in a straight line.
Belly: Slightly tucked-up. The loins are full and sturdy.
Croup: Medium long, slightly sloping down, muscular and
TAIL: Set medium high, with thick
and long hairs, in repose hangs relaxed or is carried at back
level. In attention it is carried above the back line. There
are dogs born without or with short tail, or the tail is docked
so that in an adult male it is about 4 cm long.
FOREQUARTERS: The legs are straight, parallel looking
from front and of medium length. Angulation of the front legs
is more opened, the dog stands steeper. Shoulder blades are
medium long and muscular, somewhat set steeper. The upper
arm is relatively short. The forearm is long and muscular.
Bones are lighter.
Pasterns dry, indistinct, short and not completely vertical.
The feet are small, strong, semi-rabbit-like. The toes are
well knitted, well and firmly cushioned. The nails are black
The hind legs are medium-angulated. From behind, the
legs are parallel. The lower thigh is long and the hock is
set lower. The upper thigh is of medium width, well muscled.
The hocks are dry and distinct, well angulated.
Hind feet are the same as the front ones, small and sturdy
though somewhat elongated. Dewclaws are removed.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: The Croatian Sheepdog
moves in briskly trot with moderately long steps.
TEXTURE: The length of hair on the back is between 7 and
14 cm. The foreface is always shorthaired. The ears are shorthaired
on the outside and longhaired on the inside. The backside
of the forelegs has longer hairs down to pastern and forms
feathering. The hind legs have pronounced feathering from
the buttocks to the hocks. The coat is relatively soft, wavy
to curly, but mustnt be woolly. The undercoat must be
base color of the coat is black. A few white hairs can be
tolerated. White markings on the head, body and tail arent
permissible, but small white markings are permissible on the
throat and the forechest. White markings on the toes or the
legs are permissible but undesirable. White legs up to pasterns
lower the dogs marks on shows.
HEIGHT: The height at withers in males
and females is between 40 to 50 cm.