Hiking is an activity that provides physical exercise and gives many people a chance to renew their spirits by connecting to nature. It is also an activity that many people enjoy sharing with their canine companion. This breed of dog traditionally spends much of its time traversing the forests of Slovakia, searching for wild pigs. They are hardy dogs with a great deal of endurance and stamina, and they enjoy being out of doors with their chosen human as often as possible. The Slovensky Kopov was developed to have an extremely strong prey drive, however, and it is safer if they are kept on a lead when outdoors unless they are actively working.
The Slovensky Kopov is still employed today as a hunting dog that specializes in tracking and holding wild pigs. This is an important role as feral and wild pigs can become more than just troublesome, they spread disease, eat crops, and are violently aggressive towards both canines and humans, and strong enough to kill. Dogs that assist in the hunting of hogs need to be smart, strong, and fearless, traits that have all been encouraged in this breed. Even so, this can be a dangerous occupation and the dogs trained to help assist with this activity benefit from early preparation and plenty of training, starting as early as possible.
The Slovensky Kopov is a talented scenthound with a great deal of endurance and stamina, just the kind of dog you want looking for missing children or Alzheimer’s patients. They are driven to find their quarry, whether that is hogs or humans, and while they can be wary of strangers, when well-socialized they tend to be agreeable with both people and dogs, and they are not just highly intelligent canines, but they are also known for their good decision-making capabilities. These are all traits that can help to make dogs of this breed enthusiastic and effective search and rescue canines.