Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, also known as Czech Wolfdog, Slovak Wolfdog, Czechoslovakian Vlcak etc is a relatively new breed. The breed was originally used for military work. Gradually, people started recognizing this wolf-dog hybrid’s other talents like herding, search and rescue, tracking, agility, obedience and so on.
As the name suggests, the breed originated in Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog breed was developed around 1955 by crossing a German Shepherd with Carpathian Wolf in an experiment. The purpose of developing this breed was to make best use of the temperament and trainability of German Shepherds and the stamina and physical strength of wolves.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is characterized by wolf-like hair and build. The dog is tall yet light and strong. The neck is well muscled and sufficiently long. There is a light mask. The eyes are light in color and set obliquely in the skull. The triangular ears are short and erect. The high set tails hangs straight down at rest. These dogs possess great speed, endurance and are endowed with a good sense of direction.
Color: Czechoslovakian Wolfdog color ranges from yellow-grey to silver grey.
Height: These dogs usually grow to about 26 inches or more. The average height of the bitches is at least 24 inches.
Weight: These dogs are generally at least 54 pounds in weight. Female Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs ideally weigh 44 pounds or more.
These dogs are usually considered healthy. They are not susceptible to most of the health issues. However, being large in size, they may be prone to Hip Dysplasia.
Life Expectancy: The average Czechoslovakian Wolfdog life expectancy is generally 12 to 16 years.
Litter Size: 4 to 8 puppies
Grooming a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is an easy task. It requires regular brushing and combing of the straight, thick and dense double hair coat to remove dead hair and prevent tangles. These dogs blow the hair coat heavily two times in a year.
The coat tends to shed dirt on its own. These dogs are mostly clean and free of doggy odor. Hence, they need not be bathed too frequently. The dog’s eyes and ears need to be cleaned from time to time.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog temperament is lively, courageous, playful, adventurous, loyal, loving, protective and quickly to react. These dogs are usually devoted to their owners and good with kids. However, they tend to be suspicious of strangers.
As for other pets in the house, they get along well with other pets when properly introduced and socialized. Nonetheless, they can be aggressivetowards unfamiliar animals. These dogs can be stubborn and independent at times. Therefore, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog puppies need to be trained and socialized right from the beginning.
Being purposeful in temperament, they need motivation for training. These intelligent dogs tend to learn quickly require consistent but not repetitive training. These smart and fearless dogs though good at guarding are not considered good watchdogs because they do not bark much. They are best matched with assertive and experienced dog owners capable of handling them.
These active and energetic dogs require plenty of exercise on a regular basis to stay fit. They enjoy going for long daily brisk walks. These working dogs are moderately active indoors and do well in apartment situation when provided with a properly fenced large-sized yard for play.
However, they are considered more suitable for rural settings with no space constrictions. They usually prefer cooler climates. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog puppies often exhibit intense desire to hunt but this passion for hunting needs to be subdued so as to avoid aggressiveness.