Bukovina Sheepdog

USD $700-$1000 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type

Large, Giant


10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 452
Origin Romania
Other Names Bucovina Sheepdog, Bucovina Shepherd, Bucovina Wolf Dog, Bukovina, Bukovinak, Capau, Ciobanesc de Bucovina, Câine Ciobănesc de Bucovina, Dulau, Southeastern European Shepherd
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $700-$1000
How much does it cost to buy a Bukovina Sheepdog?
Bukovina Sheepdog are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $700 to $1000 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Bukovina Sheepdogs can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large, Giant
Weight Male: 110–200 pounds (50–90 kg),
Female: 110–180 pounds (50–80 kg)
Height Male: 27–31 inch (68–78 cm),
Female: 25–28 inch (64–72 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Protection.
Date of Origin 18th century
Ancestry Eastern European

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Rough, Thick
Coat Colors Black with red-fawn reflections, Clear white, White-beige with distinct patches of grey
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Amber, Brown, Blue, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Grey, Red, Fawn
Coat Color Possibilities White, Gray, Black, Brown, Fawn, Red, Sable, Tan
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Medium-length, wavy, thick.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, comb, mat rake, undercoat rake.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Brave, Calm, Courageous, Daring, Dedicated, Devoted
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $10-$20
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Bukovina Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Bukovina Sheepdog is a large, powerful breed of dog that originated in Romania. It is a working breed that was developed to guard and herd sheep and cattle. The Bukovina Sheepdog has a strong, muscular body with a broad head and long muzzle. Its coat is thick and usually white or cream-colored with black markings on its face, legs, and tail.

The lifespan of the Bukovina Sheepdog is between 10 to 12 years. It typically stands at 24 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 70 to 90 pounds. The colors of the Bukovina Sheepdog can range from white to cream-colored with black markings on its face, legs, and tail.

The personality of the Bukovina Sheepdog is loyal, protective, intelligent, alert, courageous, independent-minded but obedient when trained properly. They are very devoted to their owners but can be wary of strangers if not socialized properly from an early age.

Bukovina Sheepdogs are friendly with other dogs as well as children if they are raised together from an early age; however they may be aggressive towards other animals if not socialized properly or if they feel threatened in any way.

The temperament of the Bukovina Sheepdog is alert yet gentle; it loves being around people but can also be independent when needed for herding or guarding duties. They need plenty of exercise in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally so regular walks or runs should be part of their daily routine.

The health of the Bukovina Sheepdog is generally good although some may suffer from hip dysplasia which can cause lameness in older dogs; regular checkups should be done by your veterinarian in order to detect any potential problems early on before they become serious issues later on down the line.

The adaptability level for this breed is high as long as it gets enough exercise; it does best when living in rural areas where there’s plenty of space for them to roam around freely without being confined indoors all day long like many city dwellers do with their pets these days due to lack of space outdoors for them to run around freely without getting into trouble or causing damage due to boredom or lack of stimulation/exercise/mental stimulation etc…

Overall this breed makes an excellent pet due its loyal nature combined with its intelligence which makes training relatively easy compared other breeds out there; plus its size makes it ideal for those who want a large guard dog without having one that’s too big/intimidating looking (which could potentially scare away visitors).


The Bukovina Sheepdog is a large, working dog that was developed in the Bukovina region of Romania. The breed is also known as the Carpathian Sheepdog and the Romanian Shepherd Dog. The Bukovina Sheepdog is a descendant of the Roman Mioritic and the Bulgarian Karakachan, both of which are now extinct. The breed was used for guarding sheep and cattle, as well as for hunting bears and wolves.

The Bukovina Sheepdog nearly became extinct during World War II, when the Romanian government ordered all large dogs to be killed. However, a few dogs were smuggled out of the country and taken to Germany, where they were used to create the German Shepherd Dog. The German Shepherd Dog eventually became one of the most popular breeds in the world, while the Bukovina Sheepdog remained relatively unknown.

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the Bukovina Sheepdog breed. This is due in part to their unique appearance and history. The breed is still relatively rare, but it is slowly gaining popularity among dog lovers around the world.