By Claudia Bensimoun
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The handsome Slovakian Wolfdog, also known as the Slovakian Vlcak has lineage that can be traced as far back as 1955 to an experiment that was conducted in Slovakia. The experiment entailed breeding working German Shepherd dogs with Carpathian wolves. The Solvakians wanted to create a breed that would be similar to the working German Shepherd in temperament, trainability, and that also would have the same pack mentality, and combine that with the strength, stamina and physical build of the Carpathian wolf.
This breed was bred for attack work for use in military special operations by the Slovak special forces. The Slovakian Vlcak were then used in search and rescue, tracking, agility,herding, Schutzhund, obedience, hunting, and drafting.
The Slovakian Wolfdog was recognized as a national dog breed in 1982 in Slovakia. The Federation Cynologique International (FCI)
First Gen. pups from the experiment looked like wolves in both appearance and behavior. Training was difficult. When these pups reached adulthood, they were bred with German Shepherds which decreased the wolf genes or “wolf blood” by 6.25% in the 4th generation. The pups from both the 3rd and 4th generation were more trainable and were able to take part in service performance. These hybrid dogs were great with navigational skills, night sight, hearing, and sense of smell. These dogs also had more endurance, and could complete distances of 100 km without being tired.
Characteristics of the Slovakian WolfDog
- The build and coat of the Slovakian Wolfdog matched those of wolves.
- Shoulder height reached 26″ for males and 24″ for females.
- Body frame is rectangular.
- The minimum weight in males is 57 lb, and in females 44 lb.
- The Slovakian Wolfdog’s head matches its sex.
- The eyes are amber and obliquely set.
- Short upright ears that are triangular in shape.
- Set of teeth includes 42 very strong teeth.
- Straight spine with forward movement.
- Chest is large and flat, and not barrel- shaped.
- Powerful belly that is drawn-in.
- Short back that is slightly sloped.
- High-set tail
- Forelimbs are straight and narrow- set.
- Paws are turned out a bit.
- The hind is powerful, strong and muscular.
- Coat color is yellow-grey to silver-grey, and has a light mask.
- Coat is thick and straight.
- Movement is light with a long stride.
Temperament of the Czech Wolfdog
- This breed develops a strong social relationship with its owner and family.
- It can live harmoniously with other animals in the same household, yet there may be problems with new animals that the Czech Wolfdog has not met before.
- Puppies love to hunt, and this hunting instinct needs to be subdued during puppyhood to avoid other issues during adulthood.
- The Czech Wolfdog puppy and adult do not do well if not constantly socialized. Socialization needs to begin during puppyhood. This breed needs to get used to other people, animals, and different surroundings starting during early puppyhood to avoid aggressive behavior.
- This breed learns fast, and is very playful.
- Training may be difficult, and owners need to motivate the Czech Shepherd.
- The Czech Shepherd follows trails easily.
- This is an independant dog breed.
- Barking is not natural for them. The Czech Shepherd uses other methods to communicate such as body language, whines and growls.
- Training this magnificent hybrid dog breed may take longer, but it’s definitely worth all the effort!
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