Czechoslovak Wolfdog

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44-90 lbs
24-26"
Austria, Slovenia, Hungary
Slovak Wolfdog, Czech Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak
Research shows that in 1955, a breeding experiment took place which crossed a German shepherd with the Carpathian wolf. This breeding led to the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. It is suggested that the first litters were recorded in the countries of Austria, Hungary, and Slovenia, and the puppies were exported to several other countries.
Purpose
herding
Date of Origin
1950s
Ancestry
wolf

Czechoslovak Wolfdog Health

Average Size
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 57-90 lbs
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 44-90 lbs
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hips

Czechoslovak Wolfdog Breed History

The experiment is said to have ended in 1965, and a breeding program was developed for the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. The breed was created to develop an animal with the abilities of a wolf, but the tameness of a dog. In 1982, this breed was recognized as a national breed by the breeder associations located in the CSSR, and the dogs are said to be shown annually at many leading dog shows and exhibitions of the region.

Czechoslovak Wolfdog Breed Appearance

Overall, this breed resembles a wolf. It is a tall dog that is both light on its feet and strong. While it doesn't look directly at its owner, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is ultimately aware of its surroundings, and as such, it always knows where its owner is. It is said that this breed is able to run long distances (60 miles or more), and it also boasts an exceptional sense of direction and quick reflexes. The frame of the body of this breed is rectangular, and the front legs are straight. The hind legs are quite muscular. The eyes are generally light amber in color, and the teeth are very strong and set in either a scissors or pliers bite. The ears are triangular in shape and sit upright. The coat is heavy and straight, varying in color from yellowish gray to silver-gray. The mask is typically light in color. The gait of this breed is best described as being harmonious and light with long steps.

Czechoslovak Wolfdog Breed Maintenance

Grooming is virtually unnecessary for the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. It does shed heavily about twice a year, so regular brushing is important at these times. Otherwise, occasionally brushing is all that is needed. The coat sheds dirt easily, so bathing is not necessary. Dry shampoo can be used occasionally. This breed is rather active while indoors, but a large yard is recommended. It will do fine living in an apartment as long as enough daily exercise is provided. Ample space and daily activity is essential to the overall well being of this breed. It can live outdoors in colder climates without a problem. This breed needs a lot of daily exercise and adequate space.

Czechoslovak Wolfdog Breed Activity Requirements

Known to be courageous and brave, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is very loyal to its owner. It is generally good around children, but suspicious around strangers. It does not generally attack without provocation or cause. However, this breed should not be trusted around other animals, including family pets. It tends to be aggressive with other dogs. While this breed can be quite playful, it is also considered to be temperamental. It is quick to learn and is especially adept at trailing. This breed can be independent, but also will work well within a pack. Barking is somewhat unnatural for this dog, and it communicates in other ways.