(Slovak Wolfdog, Czech Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak) The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a new breed that attracts attention because of its wolf-like appearance. They are light, agile, and extremely fast, but they are also tall and strong. They have a rectangular build, a level back, and a short loin. They have a large, barrel-shaped chest that is broad and flat. Their muscular bellies are substantially tucked up, and their forelimbs are straight and narrow-set. Their hind limbs are strong, well-muscled, and feature long calves. They have a complete set of teeth that meet in a scissors bite, and a pair of upright, triangular-shaped ears. They have amber-colored eyes that are obliquely-set. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has a long, straight coat that is close-fitting and very dense. The coat is gray in color with a white mask around the face.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a mystical breed with an appealing combination of dog-like and wolf-like tendencies and behaviors. They are swift, courageous, and they act quickly on their strong natural instincts. They are suspicious by nature, but they will not attack without a just cause. They are playful, docile, and they learn and adapt quite easily. It’s important for owners of this breed to provide their dog(s) with good motivation and a purpose for learning. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is free-spirited and independent, and they are very loyal towards their owner(s) and families. They are not a barking breed. They are often aggressive towards other dogs, and they shouldn’t be trusted around small animals. They are almost always good with children, but they can be cautious and leery of strangers.
Some Wolf Dogs can be very affectionate to the people that they trust. They make excellent companion animals, yet do not do well as pets. They need open land and will not settle to sleep in a doggie bed at home. Other variations of this breed have been bred long enough, and with enough pressure on temperament, that it is no longer considered a hybrid, but an actual breed of dog. It is registrable with many registries including the FCI, AKC/FSS, and the UKC, and can compete in shows and other dog events such as obedience and agility. They are very comfortable in the right home, which provides plenty of exercise and training, and are content members of the family while living indoors.
Czechoslovakian wolfdogs are acknowledged by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) as a real breed.
Like the majority of other larger dog breeds, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is prone to hip dysplasia. Interbreeding has left the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog with few health concerns or issues. They are a very hardy breed and typically live for 12 to 16 years.
In 1955, the German Shepherd was crossed with a Carpathian Wolf in what was then the CSSR. This biological experiment was conducted with the intent of proving that the offspring of this crossing could be reared. Both male and female wolves were crossed with male and female dogs in this experiment, and the vast majority of all the products possessed the genetic requirements for continued breeding. A strategy was devised in 1965 for the honing and development of this cross. The usable qualities of the wolf were combined with the desirable qualities of the dog. In 1982, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog was recognized as a national breed by the general committee of breeder’s associations of what was then the CSSR.
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.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is content to live in a small household or apartment if he is sufficiently exercised. They are a comparatively active breed indoors, and they are happiest with at least a large-sized yard. They are accustomed to living in cool climates. This breed needs plenty of daily exercise and lots of space.
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