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GENERALBreed group: Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Guarding, Herding, Hunting, Military work, Police work, Retrieving, Search & rescue, Schutzhund, Tracking, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 57 lbs and more Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-16 years Rarity: Common Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, is also officially known as Ceskoslovenski Vlciak and non officially referred to as the Slovak Wolfdog and Czech Wolfdog. It is a relatively new dog breed that came into existence through an experimental project conducted in Czechoslovakia in 1955. The experiment was aimed at producing a new dog breed with the combination of a dog and wolf that would have desirable qualities of herding, guarding among others and also hardy and healthy as a wolf. A German Shepherd was crossed with the Carpathian Wolf and the resultant off springs gave birth to this new breed. It is a multi-utility dog with a pack mentality, temperament and trainability of the German Shepherd and strength, physical build and stamina of the Carpathian Wolf. It was used initially as border patrolling dogs but later put to use in search and rescue, Schutzhund, tracking, herding, agility, obedience and drafting. It was declared national breed of Czechoslovakia in 1982. The dog has a minimum height of 26 inches and weighs at least 57 lbs. There is no upper limit to height or weight. The head is symmetrical with clear sex expression. Forehead is slightly arched with a definite stop. Muzzle is narrow with straight nose bridge and oval black nose. Eyes are small and amber coloured while ears are pricked and triangular in shape. Neck is moderately long and muscled. The spine is straight, strong in movement, with a short loin. Chest is large and flat with a tucked-up belly. The back is short and slightly sloped. The tail is set on high, hanging straight down. When dog is excited, generally raised in sickle shape. Forelimbs are straight and narrow-set while hind limbs are strong, well-muscled, and feature long calves. The coat is long, thick, dense and close fitting and comes in yellow-grey to silver grey colouring with a typical white mask. This dog is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and AKC (FSS) which is an optional recording service for purebred dogs that are not yet eligible for AKC registration. Within the USA and the UK, breed clubs and owners are trying to have the name changed to Czechoslovakian Vlciak to distance the breed from the 'wolfdog' tag (wolfdogs tend to be mongrels whereas the CsV is a purebreed). The original project was carried out to produce a border patrol dog with increased stamina and weatherproofing as compared to the GSDs in use at the time. Whilst some show attributes towards herding, it is not that common. The breed is FCI Group 1. Now that the former Czechoslovakia is no more, Slovakia are the Breed Guardian country.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog comes in yellowish-gray to silver-gray with a characteristic light mask. Light hair also on the underside of the neck and the fore-chest. Dark gray colour with light mask is permissible.
The coat is long, dense, thick and straight. Winter coat differs greatly from summer coat. In winter, the undercoat is immense and predominant. The coat is thick on all parts of the body.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is loyal, lively, majestic, fearless and very fast dog that is more versatile than specialized. It forms strong relationship with its human family. It is docile and obedient to its master, kind and playful with children and generally gets along well with other dogs in the family but needs training from puppyhood to subdue its passion for hunting to avoid aggressive behavior around small animals as an adult. It is a very intelligent breed that learns fast but also strictly purposeful. It will need purposeful and innovative training sessions rather than same repetitive training sessions which will lessen dog's motivation and interest in training. The dog has admirable senses and it can be used to follow a trail. It can easily shift to night work without any difficulty. It is a quiet dog that will use more body languages than bark to express itself. It also uses quiet noises like growl, howl or whining when it needs to communicate with its master. The dog makes an excellent watchdog as well due to its alert nature and wariness of strangers. It is an excellent family dog for owners with packleader qualities.
The wolf-like coat of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog requires very little grooming attention. This breed is naturally clean and odorless, and does not need to be bathed. Their coat sheds dirt by itself. This breed is a heavy shedder twice per year.
Generally easy to train, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog may take a little more time to get trained. The dog needs purposeful training routines or it will become bored with same repetitive training sessions. Consequently the dog will lose its interest and motivation in training. On the other hand, purposeful and innovative training sessions will work best for this breed.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog will become restless if not exercised enough. This is often expressed in pacing back and forth inside the home. The dog needs lots of physical and mental stimulation. It is relatively inactive indoor and would love to be outdoor working or playing.