Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

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44-90 lbs
24-26"
Czech Republic
Slovak Wolfdog, Czech Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

As stated in their name, this breed of dog is, in fact, half wolf and half dog. Bred from the German Shepherd dog and the Carpathian wolf, these dogs were originally created to be used in the military. They have high endurance and are smart and agile, but can be tough to train as they will not learn easily if they do not have motivation. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is very healthy compared to other dog breeds, suffering from few illnesses. They weigh between 44 and 54 pounds, have a height of about 24 to 26 inches and can live to be between 12 and 16 years old. These canines are very loyal towards their owners and family, but can be suspicious of new people and animals. They are still very close to their hunting instincts and therefore need to be trained well and should be watched carefully around smaller animals.

Purpose
military work
Date of Origin
1955
Ancestry
german shepherd, carpathian wolf

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Health

Average Size
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 57-90 lbs
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 44-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Lens Luxation
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Elbow
  • Blood Test
  • Hips
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Breed History

These wolf like dogs were created in 1955 when Mr. Hartl and Mr. Rosik, who were Czech and Slovakian respectively, decided to cross a German Shepherd dog with a Carpathian wolf. This was done by capturing and training four Carpathian Wolves, who were named Sarik, Brita, Argo and Lejdy, and crossing them with 40 or 50 German Shepherd dogs. They experimented with crossing male Carpathian wolves with female German Shepherds and female Carpathian wolves with male German Shepherds. The offspring were then bred among each other for ten years. The result was the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. The main goal of this experiment was to combine the qualities of the wolf and dog into one breed. They wanted to create a pet that would have the trainability, pack mentality and temperament of the popular German Shepherd dog, along with the endurance and strength from the Carpathian wolf. They were originally created for use as an attack dog in the military, but today these wolfdogs are used for tracking, search and rescue, hunting, obedience, agility, drafting and herding. They are now recognized as the national dog of Czechoslovakia. They are significantly healthier than other dog breeds, suffering only occasionally from hip dysplasia and few other illnesses. These animals are easier to train than the wolf, but more difficult than the average dog.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Breed Appearance

This large and impressive dog has both the build and the coat of a wolf. They have a rectangular body frame that is hardly longer than it is tall. These canines have short, triangularly shaped ears that stand upright and obliquely set amber eyes. Their teeth and jaws are strong and scissor shaped. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has a straight and strong spine and a loin that is short and a thick neck. Their chest is flat and large, and they possess a drawn in belly. With a short and slightly sloped back, paired with a bushy, high set tail, these dogs can be very agile and athletic. The forelimbs, which are straight and set narrow, end in big paws that are slightly turned out. The hind calves are long and muscular. This dog has a large and able movement, and fur that is very thick and straight. The coat can be yellow-gray or silver-gray and has a light mask and a black muzzle.

Eye Color Possibilities
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Silver
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Breed Maintenance

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a fairly low maintenance pet and can grow accustomed to any home as long as they get enough exercise. They can live in apartments or out in the country, although big homes that have a large backyard for running and playing would suit them best. They are best suited to cold climates but can adapt. They will require daily walks with their owner, but the master must be leading. The dog should be walking beside or behind the human, and not ahead in order to ensure that it is the owner who is the leader. They will need brushing twice a year when their thick coat will be shedding, where they will shed very heavily and leave trails of fur wherever they go. However, bathing will be mostly unnecessary. They are relatively clean dogs will no odor. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog will require a big and balanced diet with proteins and nutrients. These dogs are not hypoallergenic.

Brushes for Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Temperament

This is a very active and agile breed that is fearless and can endure strenuous exercise. They can be suspicious, but will not attack without a purpose and will develop an extreme loyalty to its owner, which makes them great guard dogs. They are very versatile and can endure any weather, and are also known to be very playful. However, they can be temperamental if paired with an owner that does not show proper leadership. They are intelligent and learn new concepts with ease, although it requires motivation and purpose to learn something quickly. They can lose motivation if they are forced to perform the same exercise repetitively, which is why training might take longer for them than for other breeds. They have very strong senses and are good at tracking and following trails. They are also independent and can work well in a pack without a human leader. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog does not usually bark, and will try to find other ways to communicate with their master. These dogs can be aggressive if not shown proper authority by their master, and can be untrustworthy of other animals, children and strangers. Therefore, they may not be good matches for families with children or multiple pets. However, they can behave well and become affectionate around children if introduced correctly. Like all dogs, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog will require proper socialization as a puppy to become calm and friendly companions.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Activity Requirements


Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Height: 16 inches Weight: 33 lbs
12 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Height: 23 inches Weight: 50 lbs
18 Months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Height: 25 inches Weight: 67 lbs

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Owner Experiences