Slovensky Kopov

33-44 lbs
17-19"
Slovakia
Slovak Hound, Black Forest Hound, Slovakian Hound

The Slovensky Kopov is a typical scent hound. He has a big heart and an even bigger bark. He is very popular in his homeland of Slovakia but is not so popular anywhere else. Aside from being used for centuries to hunt boar, he has also been used in police work. The Slovensky Kopov is a fun loving black and tan hound who finds a party in any job he is asked to perform. Like all hounds, he is very vocal and can be a little stubborn. When training, he needs a lot of positive reinforcement to convince him to do a task properly.

Purpose
Scenthound to Hunt Boar
Date of Origin
Dark Ages
Ancestry
Magyar Agar, Brandlbracke, Chart Polski

Slovensky Kopov Health

Average Size
Male Slovensky Kopov size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 33-44 lbs
Female Slovensky Kopov size stats
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 33-44 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • CERF
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Slovensky Kopov Breed History

The Slovensky Kopov, also known as the Slovakian Hound, is extremely well-known in his native Slovakia. Many lovers of the breed believe he dates all the way back to the Dark Ages, although his actual ancestry is somewhat muddied. Most researchers believe that the Slovensky Kopov descends from the Magyar Agar or Hungarian Greyhound, the Brandlbracke or Austrian Black and Tan Hound, and the Chart Polski or Polish Greyhound. The unique combination of these breeds gave the Slovensky Kopov his unsurpassed stamina and amazing sense of smell. In 1770, it was forbidden for breeders to cross breed any hunting breed from other countries with the Slovensky Kopov. This was to keep the breed as pure as possible. The Slovensky Kopov was named a national breed by Slovakia as he is the only scent hound that has been developed in Slovakia. Unfortunately the number of Slovensky Kopov in Slovakia dwindled considerably after World War II. However, Koloman Slimak, a Slovakian cynologist, began a complex study on the breed and in 1936 he set out to find only the highest-quality dogs for his breeding program. He held a breeding exhibition in Banska Bystrica to find suitable dogs for his program. In 1946, a second breeding exhibition was held to determine if the breeding program was truly successful. After ten years of successful breeding practices, the Slovensky Kopov was recognized and a breed standard was developed and an official stud book was opened. The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) officially recognized the Slovensky Kopov in 1963. In 1988, a breed club was established in Slovakia. 

Slovensky Kopov Breed Appearance

The Slovensky Kopov is always solid black in color with mahogany or tan markings on his cheeks, eyebrows, legs and chest. There may be a small white spot on his chest or toes. White on his chest or toes is a fault and should not be shown or bred. He is a medium sized hound with a light built, but he does not look fragile. He is solid in structure and is generally longer than he is tall. His nose is black and large, with his nostrils being moderately open. He has dark brown eyes that are set deep and almond in shape. His eyelids are black. He has ears that hang in typical hound fashion. His ears are larger and triangular, hanging down past his lip. The Slovensky Kopov has a topcoat that is only about 2-5 centimeters in length. The topcoat is coarse and dense. His coat is close fitting to his body. His undercoat is dense and thickens during the winter months. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Slovensky Kopov eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Slovensky Kopov nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Slovensky Kopov coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Slovensky Kopov straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Slovensky Kopov Breed Maintenance

The Slovensky Kopov does not require extensive grooming. Since his coat is short, you do not have to worry about tangles or matting. He does need to be brushed with a slicker brush once or twice a week to keep his coat shiny and healthy. After brushing him with a slicker brush, take a damp cloth and wipe down his coat. He will shed his undercoat twice a year and during that time he does need to be brushed more often. It is always recommended that he be bathed after every hunting trip and his coat is checked for any external parasites such as fleas or ticks. Since he has hanging ears, be sure to check them weekly and clean them as needed to prevent dirt or debris from building up and causing a problem. Keep a check on his toenails and have them trimmed as needed. Brush his teeth weekly and have them professionally cleaned once a year.

Brushes for Slovensky Kopov
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Slovensky Kopov requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Slovensky Kopov Temperament

The Slovensky Kopov is stubborn, playful and happy. He has boundless energy and does require a lot of exercise each day. His family is extremely important to him. His faithfulness encompasses the entire family but there is usually a special bond formed with one family member. This person is usually the one doing his training or general care. He does well with small children however he can become overexcited and knock them down. It is best to raise him with small children so he learns how to act with them. The Slovensky Kopov is a vocal hound and will easily become a nuisance when left alone for too long. Make sure he has plenty of toys and activities to keep him from becoming bored.  Socialization should be started at an early age to ensure he does not become overly shy or fearful of strangers. Training also should be started at an early age and continued through his life but it should never feel like work for him or he will become stubborn and will not work for you.

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

Slovensky Kopov Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.8 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Slovensky Kopov Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Slovensky Kopov size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Slovensky Kopov size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Slovensky Kopov size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Slovensky Kopov size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 30 lbs
18 Months
Male Slovensky Kopov size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Female Slovensky Kopov size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 38 lbs

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