Prior to the 1989 revolution in the Czech Republic which
led to the fall of their communist government, the
breeding of German Shepherd Dogs was predominately that
of working dogs. What is unique is that this breeding
has revolved around one kennel, owned by the
Czechoslovakian Army’s Pohranicni Straze (Border
The Kennel Z Pohranicni straze (Z PS) was founded in the
year 1955 for the only purpose of production and
training of the dogs that would be solely used for the
protection of Czechoslovakian People's Republic's, since
1968 Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic's borders. The
most of the dogs were acquired from the territory of
former East Germany and also there were dogs form
Czechoslovakia used for breeding, the ones that excelled
in their character qualities.
The stud dogs, females and puppies were taken care after
by military service conscripts. The dogs had been
trained at the Kennels for about 12 months and
afterwards relocated to Border Patrol training
facilities in their quarters (nowadays they're located
in Czech police training facilities).
The breeding program, established in 1956, has been
under the direction of Mr. Jiri Novotny since 1981, who
is also the director of training. The breeding program
has been, since the foundation, focused mainly on
strengthening the good power of bones, dark
pigmentation, strong nerves and willingness to work in
tracking, obedience and defense work.
While the kennel name remains "Z Pohranicni straze", it
is now under the Pohranicni Policie (Border Police).
Depended upon Daily
During the years under the communist regime, the
Czechoslovakian boarder patrol and their dogs would
apprehend 20 to 30 people on a daily basis. While nine
out of ten people would give up when confronted, the
dogs were regularly called upon to defend their handlers
from those intent on crossing the boarder at what ever
Today the Czech Border Police share border stations
with their German counter parts who maintain a tight
control over economical refugees from former Eastern
Block entering Germany. Those who are not given visa’s
to legally enter Germany attempt to cross this same
Czech border. While many are crossing to seek a better
life in Western Europe and usually do not resist arrest,
an increasing number are connected with organized crime
and are pose a considerable threat.
The "Z Pohranicni straze" German Shepherd Dogs continue
to be called upon to respond daily in high risk-threatening situations. The training courses to prepare
them are likewise demanding, as are the requirements for
There are three breeding facilities with a total of 80
breeding females that make up the "Z Pohranicni straze"
kennel. There are 30 stud dogs, all of which are on
active duty with their handlers. The breeding facilities
are located within the Czech Border Police compounds in Domazlice, Libejovice and Prackovice. These compounds
have high security status with access to them strictly
forbidden to anyone, including Czech Border Police, who
do not work at the specific facility.
Obtaining a Pohranicni Straze German Shepherd Dog
There are three ways in which quality dogs from this
highly desired "Z Pohranicni straze" kennel are
I. Studs Fees: The Z Pohranicni
straze kennel breeds their females occasionally to dogs
owned by civilians. The stud dogs chosen are outstanding
working dogs selected for their ability to consistently
produce dogs with exceptional working ability. The owner
of the stud has the option of being paid or taking a
puppy for payment. Most people take the latter option in
order to own a "Z Pohranicni straze" dog.
II. Whelping litters: There are
three kennels owned by civilians which the Z Pohranicni
straze kennel works closely, Z Jirkova dvora, Jipo-Me
and Z Blatenskeho zamku. These kennels, owned by
civilians, are at times given the opportunity to take
Pohranicni Straze breeding females and whelp the
litters. In return, these private kennels keep half of
the litter which bears the kennel name "Z Pohranicni
III. Dog for dog: There are also
times in which Pohranicni Straze Kennel trades dogs with
these three kennels as another way to bring desired dogs
and bloodlines into the Pohranicni Straze breeding
Center of Breeding
Through these three ways in which civilians have had
access to Z Pohranicni Straze dogs, the kennel has
managed to be at the center of breeding in both the
former Czechoslovakia and the present day Czech
Republic. Many of these dogs have been purchased by
Schutzhund competitors in both Western Europe and the
United States, often placing high at championship
Most of this article was written by Mr. John H.
Whittaker, of Bellmont, Massachusetts.
was acquired from Mr.Jiri Novotny.