Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Czech Republic Other Names Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Slovak Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak, Cesky Vlcak Life Expectancy Approximately 12-16 Years Litter Size Average 4-8 Puppies Breed Group Herding
Breed Appearance Almost indistinguishable from the common wolf,
the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a picture of strength, grace and
ferocity. The Czech Wolfdog is a lively breed with a versatility to
it. They resemble wolves, in fur and body type. They have amber eyes
and a rather complete set of teeth. Their tails are long and
slightly bushy, and they usually carry them upright. They range from
yellow-grey to silver-grey in color on their dense, straight, thick
coats. They are elegant while running, with their long and graceful
canter. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are courageous and fearless, ready
for anything. They are lively, active, and purposeful.
Breed Description Head: Obtuse cone-shape. Slightly domed
forehead. Stop moderately pronounced. Rectangular nose bridge. Oval
nose. Ears: Held erect. Narrow, short, triangular. Eyes: Narrow, set obliquely in the skull. Amber color. Body: Robust. Rectangular body outline. Smooth, muscular neck.
Full chest. Short, muscular loin. Short, slightly sloped croup.
Rectangular. Tail: Set on high, hanging straight down at rest. Sickle tail
when in action. Hair: Straight, close-lying. Undercoat is abundant in winter. Coat: Wolf coloring or silvery gray with characteristic light
mask. Light hairs at the base of the neck and on the chest. Dark
gray mask is tolerated. Size: Dog: at least 65 cm. (25.5 in).Bitch: at least 60 cm
(23.5 in). Weight: Dog: at least 26 kg. (57.5 lb). Bitch: at least 20 kg
History In 1955, German Shepherds and Carpathian wolves
were crossed in Czechoslovakia. In 1965, a project to selectively
breed this animal was undertaken in the hope of combining the best
of the wolf and the dog. In 1982, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog was
recognized as a national breed by the Czechoslovakian Committee of
Breeder Associations. In 1994, the FCI recognized the breed. A few
Ceskoslovensky Vlcak have been introduced in France since that time.
Behavior The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is more versatile
than specialized. It is quick, lively, very active, and courageous.
Distinct from the character of Saarloos Wolfhound, shyness is a
disqualifying fault in the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog develops a very strong social relationship
not only with their owner, but with the whole family. It can easily
learn to live with other domestic animals which belong to the
family; however, difficulties can occur in encounters with strange
animals. It is vital to subdue the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog's passion
for hunting when they are puppies to avoid aggressive behavior
towards smaller animals as an adult. The puppy should never be
isolated in the kennel; it must be socialized and get used to
different surroundings. Female Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs tend to be
more easily controllable, but both genders often experience a stormy
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is very playful
and temperamental. It learns easily. However, it does not train
spontaneously, the behavior of the Czech Wolfdog is strictly
purposeful - it is necessary to find motivation for training. The
most frequent cause of failure is usually the fact that the dog is
tired out with long useless repetitions of the same exercise, which
results in the loss of motivation. These dogs have admirable senses
and are very good at following trails. They are very independent and
can cooperate in the pack with a special purposefulness. If
required, they can easily shift their activity to the night hours.
Sometimes problems can occur during their training when barking is
required. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs have a much wider range of means
of expressing themselves and barking is unnatural for them; they try
to communicate with their masters in other ways (mainly body
language but also use quiet noises as in growls, grunts, and
whining). Generally, teaching the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog stable and
reliable performance takes a bit longer than teaching traditional
specialized breeds. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has been
successfully employed as a Search And Rescue (SAR) dog in Italy,
although, admittedly, handling one is much more work.
Health Generally a healthy, hardy breed. Hip dysplasia
has been known to show in the breed.
Advice This Wolfdog should be owned only by
individuals who have an excellent understanding of animal behavior.