Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog

Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog Breed description: Character & Co

Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog

Life expectancy
12 - 14

Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina: The proud shepherd dog from Romania.

The Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina, also known as the Bucovina Shepherd Dog, is a traditional dog breed from the Northern Carpathians and the Bucovina region of Romania. Its roots go deep into the history of Romanian pastoral culture. For generations, it was bred to guard flocks of sheep against predators and to protect shepherds.

Characteristics of the breed

  • Origin: Bucovina region, Romania
  • Original purpose: guarding flocks of sheep and protecting shepherds

Suitability and character

Centuries of breeding have made the Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina a devoted and courageous companion. Its characteristic features:

  • Loyalty: He is deeply attached to his caregiver and often shows a particularly close relationship with his family.
  • Protective Instinct: His natural protective instinct makes him an excellent watchdog. He is always alert and ready to defend his territory and family.
  • Affability: Despite his protective instincts, he often shows himself to be gentle and friendly, especially toward children.

Husbandry Recommendations

Due to its size and high activity level, the Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina requires sufficient exercise and mental stimulation. He is especially suited for active families and should be kept in an environment with enough space. With proper upbringing and training, he will become a loyal and reliable companion.


The Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina is a testament to Romanian herding culture and impresses with its loyalty, protective instincts and sociability. Those who are looking for a robust, loyal and vigilant companion will find in him a faithful friend.

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Alternate Name Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina, Southeast European Shepherd Dog
Origin Romania
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Molossian type
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Deep loyalty

The most outstanding characteristic of the Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina is its unwavering loyalty. For generations at the side of Romanian shepherds, it has learned to work closely with the people it faithfully serves. This close bond is especially evident in his interactions with his family.

Protective Instinct

Bred as a guard dog, the Ciobănesc has a strongly developed protective instinct. He is:

  • Alert: Always attentive, he often detects potential danger early.
  • Courageous: When threatened, he does not hesitate to defend his family or territory.
  • Reluctant to Strangers: Without a proper introduction, he may be reserved with strangers.

Gentle Giants

Despite his impressive size and protective instincts, the Ciobănesc is characterized by a gentle nature. He is:

  • Kind to children: he often shows remarkable patience and gentleness towards children.
  • Calm and Balanced: In a familiar environment, he shows himself calm and relaxed.

Recommendations for interaction

For a harmonious relationship with the Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina, consistent but loving training is essential. Thanks to its intelligence and willingness to learn, it responds particularly well to positive reinforcement.


The Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina is an impressive dog, not only in size and appearance, but especially in his profound character. Whoever chooses him as a companion will receive a loyal, courageous and at the same time gentle companion.


Care requirements

The Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina has a dense, long coat that requires regular grooming.

  • Coat Care: At least once a week, the coat should be brushed through to avoid matting and knots. More frequent brushing may be necessary during the shedding periods, usually in the spring and fall.
  • Bathing: Only when necessary should this dog be bathed to avoid disturbing the coat's natural greasy film.

Health Aspects

As with many large dog breeds, certain health problems can occur in the Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina.

  • Hip dysplasia: Regular checkups, especially when the dog is young, can help detect this common problem in large breeds at an early stage.
  • Heart disease: An annual checkup with a veterinarian is recommended.


When breeding these majestic dogs, special attention should be paid to the health and character of the breeding stock.

  • Health checks: Before breeding, potential breeding dogs should be checked for common hereditary diseases.
  • Character Evaluation: Only dogs that meet the breed standard and exhibit a balanced character should be used for breeding.
  • Responsible Breeding: Since this is a traditional breed, it is important to preserve its original character traits and physical characteristics.


The Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina is a proud and robust dog. With proper care and responsible breeding, it can live a long, healthy life and bring much joy to its owners.

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The Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina impresses with its majestic appearance. Its strong build and expressive face reflect its role as a traditional guard and herd protection dog.

  • Coat: The dense, long coat can vary in hues from black, white to various shades of gray and brownish.
  • Face: Characterized by a strong head, prominent cheekbones and deep set eyes.

Height and Weight

There are marked differences in size and weight between males and females in this breed.

SexHeight (cm)Weight (kg)

Grooming and coat care

The long, dense coat of the Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina requires regular attention.

  • Brushing: At least once a week, his coat should be brushed through to prevent matting and knots. More frequent brushing is recommended during the shedding phases.
  • Bathing: Bathing should be done only when necessary to preserve the coat's natural protection. Special dog shampoos can help keep the skin and coat healthy.


The Ciobănesc Românesc de Bucovina is not only an eye-catcher visually, but also requires careful grooming, especially of its impressive coat. With proper care, it will show itself in full glory and be a loyal, impressive companion.

Fur length long
Fur -
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 64 - 72 cm
Weight ♀ 50 - 80 kg
Size ♂ 68 - 78 cm
Weight ♂ 50 - 90 kg
Suitable For -
  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

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