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Breed Characteristics

Life Span:12-14 Years

Karakachan Build Information

The Karakachan, or Bulgarian Shepherd Dog, is an old breed that descends from domestic dogs in the Balkans and possible origins in Afghanistan and Iran. Karakachans are large, loyal, and brave dogs that were meant for livestock guarding and will attack to defend their flock. Their coat is medium to long and length that may vary in color, but is generally white with black, asymmetrical spots.

Length (Male):27-33 in.
Length (Female):22-24 in.
Weight:> 65 lbs

Behaviour and Personality

Keeping a Karakachan as a pet requires socialization from puppyhood as they may be aggressive, although they show devotion and fidelity to their master. Independent and intelligent dogs, they can be trained easily under a firm and consistent hand. Their exercise needs are very high and they are best adapted to clean country environments where they have lots of space and walking or jogging opportunities.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Affectionate
Guardian Skills:Yes
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


Colors:Black, Tri-Color, White
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Silky

Karakachan Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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Breed Talents and Facts

Training:Moderately easy to train