The Czech working line of German shepherds are not your traditional shepherds. While they definitely still have the characteristic face and stance, they are often smaller and have much greater variation in coat and color than, for example, the American show line does.
These dogs are still bred to work, rather than bred to show, which means breeders are looking for intelligence, strength, loyalty, and bravery when they breed and raise dogs, rather than just body shape and coat color.
This line originates in the Czech Republic, back when it was Czechoslovakia and controlled by the communists. Their primary use was as border patrol dogs, so there was a heavy emphasis on tracking abilities, obedience, and Schutzhund training. They have a great working drive, which can make them difficult to have as household pets, if you do not have a job for them to do.
You will find that these dogs have slightly more wolfish features than most other lines and they are the line of choice for countries looking for agile, intense, agreeable, and motivated working dogs for both military companies and police organizations.
These dogs can often be spotted by their darker coats and less-sloped backs. Unlike many show lines that have the traditional saddle coloration, these dogs are usually a more uniform color, ranging from dark brown to black.
Their ears are often slightly smaller, but they have the same powerful jaws and shoulders that make them ideal for chasing down and grabbing on to criminals. Anyone looking for a dog that has great drive and is extremely loyal should look at the German shepherd Czech working line. These dogs have fewer health problems and behavioral problems than their “for show” counterparts.