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Tatra Shepherd Dog

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Working Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 5)
Contact: Mrs Julie Burnett
Phone: 9557 3905

Brief History
A resident of the Polish mountains for hundreds of years, there is no certainty about the origins of the Tatra, but it is possible that they may have evolved from the Mastiff breed. Highly intelligent, the Tatra was very popular amongst the mountain workers as an outstanding sheepdog. Not only a herding dog, the Tatra was often used as personal guard, defending factories and private property.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 10 to 12 years.

The Tatra is alert, intelligent, even tempered, quiet and brave. They are usually friendly to domestic animals and good with families but can be aloof and distrustful of strangers.

General Breed Description
The Tatra Sheepdog is a large, imposing, strong and powerful dog with a beautiful appearance. Despite his size, he should not be heavy and cumbersome. Coat colour is white.

Coat and Care Requirements
The Tatra has an abundant, dense and insulating white coat for protection against harsh and inclement weather in his country of origin. The outer coat is rather harsh and somewhat oily, providing protection against moisture and dirt. He does not require elaborate grooming, just occasional brushing and combing. Extra care should be given during the yearly shedding of undercoat.

Height: Males 65 to 70cms, Females 60 to 65cms.

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Tatra Sheepdog is generally a healthy breedhowever health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD).

The Tatra Sheepdog needs regular exercise due to his high energy level, and a secure yard. The breed is relatively rare in Australia.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard

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