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Karakachan

Original Name: Karakachansko Kuche
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The Karakachan dog, also called the Karakachan Shepherd, is a sheepdog and guard dog of herds of sheep and goats. Originally from Bulgaria, they have an exceptional sense of smell and sight. It''s one of the oldest dog breeds that still exists in Europe thanks to the Karakachan people and their breeding traditions. These Balkan nomadic shepherds are considered as one of the oldest ethnic groups in Europe. This sheepdog has lived alongside the Karakachan people for more than 5000 years!

The Karakachan comes from a line of Mastiff dogs, like the Caucasian Shepherd Dog from Turkey or even the Tibetan Mastiff. It''s the first Bulgarian dog breed to get an international Certificate of Recognition from the United Kennel Organization. The breed standard appeared in 1970.

The Karakachan is a massive dog (around 77 to 100 pounds for the female and 88 to 110 pounds for the male) and very powerful - their barks can be heard for half a mile, which makes them excellent guard dogs! Their height varies between 24 to 28 inches tall for the female and 25 to 30 inches tall for the male. They live between 12 and 14 years.

This dog has long, white, thick hair with big black or brown marks. It''s appearance is that of power and respect. It''s bones are big but not rough and the angles are smooth. Its head is large with a very developed muscles and its body is solid and well-proportioned.

The Karakachan is very agile and lively. Loyal, this dog is a family dog. It''s also a courageous dog that will stubbornly defend its herd against wolves and bears. They get along well with children but are cautious with strangers.
The Karakachan is not an aggressive dog unless they feel threatened. They should never live in an apartment because they need a lot of physical exercise and they prefer living in the countryside. Lastly, this intelligent dog is very easy to train.