My German Shepherd Dogs have an incredible bloodline known as the Z Pohranicni Straze (Z PS) Bloodline. The kennel Z Pohranicni Straze was established in 1955 for the purpose of producing dogs and training them to protect the people of the Czechoslovakian People’s Republic borders and in 1968 the Czech Socialist Republic. Most of these dogs were acquired from the former East Germany (DDR) and Czechoslovakia- the dogs who exemplified the best qualities of the German Shepherd Dog.
This special breeding program was established in 1956 under the direction of Jiri Novotny from 1981 to 2001. He also trained the dogs during this time. The program focused on the power of good bones of the breed, dark pigmentation, strong nerves and willingness to work in tracking, obedience, and defense work. There were 3 breeding facilities with a total of 80 breeding females that made up the Z Pohranicni Straze kennel. They used 30 stud dogs for the 80 females, all on active duty with their handlers. These breeding facilities were located within the Czech Border Police Compounds in Domazlice, Libejovice, and Prackovice. These compounds had a high security status, strictly forbidden to anyone, even the Czech Border Police who did not work at the facility.
The females were bred and puppies whelped, raised and trained all within these breeding stations by military service conscripts. These stations were staffed by trainers, veterinarians, assistant breeders and kennel help. Once trained, the Pohranicni Straze dogs were assigned a handler and primarily patrolled the border with Germany and Austria to prevent Czechoslovakians and any others from within the East Block from escaping.
The dogs were trained at the kennels for 12 months and afterwards relocated to Border Patrol facilities in their quarters. Today, they are located in Czech training facilities.
During the years under the communist regime, the Czeckoslovakian Border Patrol and their dogs would apprehend 20-30 people on a daily basis. While 9 out of 10 would give up when confronted, the dogs were regularly called upon to defend their handlers from those intent on crossing the border at whatever cost.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Czech Border Police shared border stations with their German counterparts who maintained a tight control over economical refugees from the former Eastern Block entering Germany. While you would think that the falling of the Iron Curtain might lessen the vigilance at the borders, you would be wrong. The need for these Border Patrol Dogs increased. Those who were not given Visa’s to legally enter Germany attempted to cross this Czech border. While many were crossing to seek a better life in Western Europe and usually did not resist arrest, an increasing number were connected with organized crime and posed a considerable threat.
The Z Pohranicni Straze German Shepherd Dogs were continued to be called upon to respond daily in high risk, threatening situations. The training courses to prepare them were as demanding as their requirements for breeding.
Since 2001, after the retirement of Jiri Novotny from the Czech Republic Police, the name of the kennel changed from Z Pohranicini Straze to Od Policie Ceske Republiky. The breeding program of this kennel has changed substantially. The remaining dogs from the original kennel are now owned by Jinopo.
Obtaining a Z Pohranicni Straze Dog (I am so blessed to have this line of dog)
- The Z Pohranicni Straze kennel dogs were rarely but sometimes bred with civilian dogs. The civilian could either pay the kennel or keep an offspring in which they usually chose the latter in order to own a Z Pohranicni dog.
- There were 3 kennels that worked closely with the Z Pohranicni Straze kennel. These kennels were allowed to whelp the dog and keep half of the litter in order to own the Z Pohranicni name
- The Z Pohranicni kennel would often trade dog for dog to bring different quality dogs into their kennel for their desired bloodlines to produce a more impressive bloodline.
Through these 3 ways civilians had access to the Z Pohranicni Straze German Shepherds and the kennel managed to be at the center of breeding in both Czechoslovakia and the present day Czech Republic. Many of these dogs have been purchased by Schutzund competitors and are highly ranked in competition and show in Western Europe and the United States.
All of the individual dogs used in the breeding program have at least velmi dobry (very good) body conformation, strong bones, good pigmentation and strong health. They also are significant in their high food drive, high working drives, and early working maturity. The selection of their stud dogs and females is focused on their trainability, solid nerves and ability to protect their territory. The males and females come from the 6 basic bloodlines, or more precisely from their individual branches that proved themselves in the breeding program of former Z Pohranicni Straze kennel. Today this blood is combined with the blood of significant working German Shepherds from outside the Czech Republic that have proved themselves in the breeding programs and have the above described breeding features and traits.
To see the entire lineage of our dogs in the Z Pohranicni bloodline, please copy and paste this link into your browser or you should be able to just click on this link: this is from the pedigree database. http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/german_shepherd_dog/dog.html?id=590927-straze-congo-von-jeurgen