If you’ve read The Daily Shep’s Ultimate Guide To German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies, you would have read about the different types and lines of the German Shepherd.
In this article, we are focusing on giving you the best information about one of those lines – the Czech German Shepherd.
Czech German Shepherd: 9 Facts You Must Know
So, obviously the German Shepherd is its own breed of dog. But, the Alsatian (another name for the German Shepherd) also has its own lines of of dogs within the breed that were bred for specific purposes with slightly different appearances, characteristics, traits and temperaments.
1) Czech German Shepherd Bloodlines
All current lines of German Shepherds were bred from the first officially registered German Shepherd – Horand von Grafrath.
A German man named Max von Stephanitz saw Horand at a dog show and thought he possessed all the desirable features to become the ‘ideal working dog’, and in particular as a herding type breed of dog.
Horand was used as the stud for the first ever German Shepherd breeding program in Germany and the world, and from there he fathered many sons and daughters.
From this original Alsatian DNA, the lines of Alsatians were developed by different breeders in different parts of the world – starting in Germany/Europe, and branching out the US and Canada primarily.
There are two types of lines of GSD (German Shepherd Dog) – working and show lines. Show lines were mainly bred for their appearance, whilst working lines were bred specifically to have a good working ability in different fields and areas including but not limited to agility, tracking, military, police, protection, patrol, rescue, therapy, entertainment and much more!
The 5 types and lines of purebred or full breed German Shepherds are:
- North American and Canadian Show Line German Shepherds
- West German Show Line German Shepherds
- East German/DDR Working Line German Shepherds
- West German Working Line German Shepherds
- Czech Working Line German Shepherds
There are then Mixed Line GSDs (a mix of the above German Shepherd lines), and Mix Breed or Hybrid GSDs (Alsatian mixed with other breeds of dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Boxers for example).
2) Czech German Shepherd History
We now know where the Czech German Shepherd main bloodlines come from.
But, when, where, why and how did the Czech lines come about from the main bloodlines? Who originally bred them, and what happened?
Czech German Shepherds have similar origins to, and are sometimes even referred to as the East German Working Line/DDR German Shepherd.
In fact, they are sometimes referred to as the DDR/Czech German Shepherd. The Czech German Shepherd is not a DDR GSD though.
After WWII, Czechoslovakia shared a border with East Germany.
Like the East Germany German Shepherd, Czech German Shepherds experienced isolated breeding in 1955 restricted to the border stations on the Czech/German border.
They were owned by the Czechoslovakian Army’s border patrol, or Pohranicni Straze.
Czech German Shepherds were bred to pass health standards and display superior working ability, specifically, patrolling the the Czech border on Germany and Austria, and protecting their military owners.
3) Czech German Shepherd Temperament
Czech German Shepherds display all the same high energy, drive, endurance, athleticism, and exercise/training requirements of East German Working Line/ DDR German Shepherds.
When thinking about the long, hard days of patrolling work, and intense/violent military protection work they were bred for, these dogs had to have extreme focus, dedication, awareness and an edge or hardness to their temperament to fulfil their working duties.
There is a stigma among some circles of dog people that Czech German Shepherds don’t make great family pets – as they may have a low tolerance for passive environments where they are not challenged at a high level, and a high drive to seek dominance.
However, this stigma is not accurate. Czech German Shepherds can make great family companions (loyal and loving) and are as capable as any other line of GSD as fitting into a family environment.
Like any dog though, the quality of training, obedience and socialisation they receive from their owner and trainer plays a vital part in the dog’s behavior and adaptability to its environment.
4) Czech German Shepherd Physical Appearance and Traits
The Czech German Shepherd’s physical profile is very similar to East German/DDR German Shepherds with the angled back (as opposed to a rounded slope), and dropped hips.
They are the biggest, thickest and heaviest of all the lines of Alsatians (just slightly heavier than the East Germany DDR Alsatian) which is displayed in their big heads, chest and paws.
Despite their powerful build, they are extremely athletic, quick and agile – to go along with their strength.
East German/DDR and Czech German Shepherd original breeding programs were known for their extremely strict discipline on health standards. Both Czech Alsatian parents had to have their hips certified (to clear them of hip dysplasia) before they were allowed to breed.
5) Czech German Shepherd Colors (Black and Tan, Black etc.)
The East German/DDR German Shepherd and Czech German Shepherds have distinctly dark colors and coats.
Czech GSDs also known for having a sometimes patchy appearance as opposed to the solid colors of the show line GSDs.
Also opposed to the show line Alsatian that are primarily black and tan, Czech Alsatians are primarily black with small patches of tan, all black or sometimes sable.
6) Difference Between Czech Bred German Shepherds and East German Bred/DDR German Shepherds
As we mentioned above, the Czech German Shepherd and East German/DDR German Shepherd are different lines of the German Shepherd breed of dog.
They are very similar in a few aspects and factors though.
A few main differences between the two are:
- East German Working Line/DDR GSDs have breeding origins in East Germany, whereas Czech GSDs were originally bred on the Czech/German border
- East German DDR Alsatians are generally slightly darker than Czech Alsatians in the coat color, and their black colors are generally more solid compared to the Czech GSDs
- Czech Alsatians have a slightly bigger and thicker body build, and are slightly heavier than East DDR Alsatians
7) Czech German Shepherd Puppies For Sale & Czech German Shepherd Breeders
TheDailyShep.com wrote an article about how and where to find the best and most reputable German Shepherd Puppy breeders in the US – German Shepherd Breeders: Find Best Breeders Near You.
These places include Czech GSD puppies for sale and Czech GSD Breeders – you can even ask regular GSD breeders to put you in touch with a Czech GSD breeder near you.
We also wrote another article on the things to look for when you buy a German Shepherd Puppy – Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Buying To Owning.
8) Czech German Shepherd Kennels, Adoption and Rescues
The Daily Shep wrote about where to find the best kennels, adoption and rescue centres, and rehoming organisations in the US for German Shepherds:
You may have to ask a few questions and do a bit of your own further investigation to find the Czech German Shepherd you are looking for when dealing with rescues and adopting.
9) Pictures and Images of Czech German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies
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