Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Information

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(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.

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Character

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.

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Size

24 – 26 inches
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Weight

44 – 54 pounds
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General Health

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.

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History

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.

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Maintenance

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.

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Ideal Environment

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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Are Czechslovakian Wolfdogs good dogs? Are they friendly, and will they get along with other dogs? Are they active?

In a lot of ways they are very similar to wolves and huskies. They typically have strong bonds with their owners but act aggressive towards other dogs and small animals. They are moderately active and like to have a job to perform. IE pulling a sled.

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Is there any advice that should be given to a novice owner?

These dogs aren't meant for novice owners. You have to be dominant, but not aggressive with this breed of dog. Since they were mixed with wolves they're families are like they're pack. You need to show them that you're the alpha dog. Do a lot of research on the dog breed before you commit to buying a dog.

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I am a bit confused as to what the consensus on the breed’s protectiveness is. Some say the breed is too shy to ever be able to protect its owner in a time of distress, and others say that this breed will definatly protect its owner/family when need be. Ideally I would like a breed that would protect me when the need arises, and be intelligent enough to decide on its own when to do so. My second question is one regarding the breeds recent ancestry from Carpathian wolfs. Besides its body structure and coat type/color, what other characteristics, specifically behaviors, does this breed have in common with the wolf? I have often heard that this breed is significantly more intelligent than fully domestic breeds?

From my experience when I used to live in Slovakia and trained the dogs for the Army Co-op cca 30 yrs ago, most CS Wolfdogs Were shy. The owners had a hard time to train them for a protection/attacks like we did with our German/Belgian Shepperds. However CSW Excelled at scent picking, trailing the suspects etc. And they also had Enormous endurance. This is what we were aware of why the former communist army actually bred and Used them for! To protect the border. These dogs were able to run miles and miles like wolves, able to pic the slightest scent of the 'enemy'. On the other hand it also seemed to me that it wasn't so much the overall 'shyness' as a breed (especially in males as they are typically 'harder') - they just were 'maturing' longer than f.e. GS or BS = the same like Dobermans or Rottweillers, it took them up to 5 yrs to 'be ready', then they seemed ok. However, these days they may be different. If you want/need a dog for a True Personal Protection get Central Asian Ovtcharka, or South Russian Ovtcharka - those were famous in communist countries as The Best Protectors. And, the most dangerous... ;-)

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Is there a breeder in the U.S. ? I've been combing the internet for weeks and can't find anything? I had an north american timberwolf/german shepherd growing up and he was the best dog ever.

I was given this site by someone who knows the breeder VERY well. http://www.wolfdog.org/php/modules.php?op=modload&name=WolfdogDB&newlang=eng&file=kennels&country=US It looks like the best known and researched breeders are in Texas and Virginia.

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What's their normal diet? I was told some wolf hybrids can't be fed regular dog feed. Ie. iams

I was told that raw meat is best but if you must feed them dog food, Orijen is the best. It's natural.

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