Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

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

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Health

Sketch of Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
Average Size
Male Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 57-90 lbs
Female Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats
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.

Appearance of Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
Eye Color Possibilities
amber Czechoslovakian Wolfdog eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Czechoslovakian Wolfdog nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Czechoslovakian Wolfdog coat
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silver Czechoslovakian Wolfdog coat
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black Czechoslovakian Wolfdog coat
Black
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Czechoslovakian Wolfdog straight 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.

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Brushes for Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
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Czechoslovakian Wolfdog requires monthly brushing
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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
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Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
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Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00
food bag monthly cost

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Czechoslovakian Wolfdog at six months
Male Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats at six months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats at six months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 33.5 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Czechoslovakian Wolfdog at 12 months
Male Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
Female Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 50.0 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Czechoslovakian Wolfdog at 18 months
Male Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 27.0 inches Weight: 72.5 lbs
Female Czechoslovakian Wolfdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 67.0 lbs

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Owner Experiences

Duke
2 Years
3 People
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We had some hard times we have a shorter fence so he decided to jump it. We put a very mild electric fence line above the fence to see if it would help pursuade him not to jump it when no one was looking. He got tried to jump one time got a little jolt and has never tried again. Mind you I have had it unplugged ever since than it's up but has no power. And when I say mild I mean mild I am the wierdo that touches the fence to see how bad it bites because if it hurts me I definitely won't use it for him.if it just buzzes me and and I'm like oh I shouldn't do that then I think it's the same response for him just a reminder. But as I said it has been unplugged ever since. He also loves to open gates with his nose lol so now every gate we have had a carabineer in it for insurance. Over all wonderful dog playful and loving. Wouldn't trade him for the world
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thor
8 Months
2 People
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Run
Play
Hike
Fetch
He is an amazing dog very very stubborn. He will challenge for alpha but he knows his place in the pack. He has started to guard me in my sleep and is slowly learning he must earn food. The food aggression is the toughest hurdle because all food he wants to be his food. Other than that he listens well on or off leash and is very elegant. He's gentle with children and cats because we encouraged this from the beginning. He hates being in his kennel if we are home. He must be right by you at all times. What an amazing breed
3 months, 1 week ago
Whisky
10 Months
4 People
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Mushing
Walking in the woods
He's still young but I'm trying to train him to mush for bikejoring
3 years, 1 month ago
Khaleesi
18 Months
3 People
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Can be naturally shy so environmentals are a must so this shyness doesn't override other qualities of the dog. Strong leadership is needed with rules, boundries and limitations in place aswell as structure. Its very important you advocate for these dogs when it comes to being stroked or other rude dogs as with all dogs they react on impulse. Our dog is balanced trained and we have seen a major improvement in overall behaviour. Our dog works around sheep and small animals aswell as living with children. Structure is important part of the dogs life.
2 years, 8 months ago
shadow
2 Years
3 People
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2 years, 5 months ago
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