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Chodsky Pes Where the heck do I find one?
Like a German Shepherd but smaller?
As a result of the Hubs I wrote about the dog we recently added to our family, I am beginning to hear from dog lovers and dog breeders about the Chodsky Pes breed.
These (initial) Comments and e mails are from people who are aware of the existence of this dog breed. Most people, at least those outside of Europe are not familiar with this particular dog. Until recently, the Chodsky Pes (aka Bohemian Shepherd) have been bred exclusively in the Czech Republic, with very, very little export to dog owners outside that country. In what surely must comprise a clear example of the benefits of living in the 21st Century, my wife and I were able to discover this dog breed (through searching the internet), contact a breeder in the Czech Republic (using online translators) and make arrangements to wire the funds and arrange transportation for the puppy. Amazing.
At the beginning of the process, once I had 'discovered' this breed of dog. I saw a number of messages on various bulletin boards devoted to dogs and dog breeding lamenting the lack of availabilty of the Chodsky in this country. I can only surmise that these people eventually found the path that I did, leading to directly importing a puppy from the Czech Republic. The information is out there, it just required the desire to 'find a way'.
This Hub is a response to a couple of Comments from dog breeders from Europe who wrote to wish us the best (with our puppy), Una. Both went on to talk about their efforts to make this most wonderful of dog breed more accessible by breeding them in their own countries. It occurred to me that to share what little information I have acquired would not be a bad thing to do, and although I am not a breeder of Chodskys, I am a total fan of these dogs. So here's what I got:
Our dog Una came from Jana Kunicki and I recommend her without reservation, her website is: http://www.gery-jane.xf.cz/
I recently received a Comment on (the Hub; Chodsky Pes) from a person going by 'Mats' complimenting Una and talking a bit about their activities with making these dogs more well-known. The website is: http://sites.google.com/site/kalistadahlstedt/
This Comment read, in part: "... When I was in the process of getting my Kalista, I really missed a site with information in english. I searched and searched and found little tidbits on various forums and guestbooks like this. In case someone is reading this, searching for (non-Czech) information, I hope my site can be of value. I'm quite certain it is the largest site (though very simply made) in a non-Czech language (Swedish and english) dedicated to the breed ..."
The other Comment came from Willem and Margreet Wannyn: "...We from Holland wish you all the best with your choice for a Chodsky pes (CP) We own a female of 3 years old and a male of 20 months old. Shanti the female has no pedigree. Radek the male is with pedigree and comes from a very good bloodline. His halfsister is national youthchampion of Czech Rep. for two years in a row. The dogs a very sharp of intelligence and lovely familie dogs. They love children".
(If Willem or Margreet are reading this, I did not get your website or your email address. If you would like to send it to me I would be happy to add it to this Hub.
Finally, for transportation services I totally recommend Jet-a-Pet: http://www.jetapet-international.com/ ask for Lisa Strode.
So there you have it, all I know about a dog breed that is doing the impossible; giving me a choice in addition to German Shepherds! (still the most excellent of dogs)