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Slovak Wolfdog

Slovak Wolfdog


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Breed Organization
United Kennel Club
Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com
Native Country
Czech Republic
Other Names
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Cesky VlcakSlovak Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak, Ceskoslovensk
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 (44 lb).


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.

The 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 adolescence.

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.

Function
Guard and Defense Dog.


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