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Known for being more laid-back and friendly than its cousin the German Shepherd, the Bohemian Shepherd tends to do well with children when introduced from an early age. They bond closely to their immediate family and are warm and open, showing a great deal of affection. However, this close reliance on people can mean that they have a tendency to develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time, so over-dependence should not be encouraged.
While innately less suspicious than the German Shepherd, they are instinctively a guard dog, and will be cautious around strangers, acting stand-offish in their presence. To avoid hostility or aggression, early socialisation is key. Due to the close relationship they share with people, they are protective, particularly of their family, and are not uncommonly used as guard dogs, for people, rather than property or livestock.