Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a new and very interesting breed originating from former Czechoslovakia. Nowadays it is a popular medium size breed in some European countries.
In 1955, Czechoslovakian army experimented with breeding German Shepard, as an intelligent, trainable and very capable working dog with a Carpathian gray wolf in order to combine the qualities of both. Carpathian wolf is strong, has great physical capabilities and wolf-pack mentality. Primarily they were used as military attack dogs, but later on they were trained for tracking, herding, agility and search and rescue.
First specimens of this breed were hard to handle and train so next generations were mixed with pure breed German Shepards in order to decrease wolf features. After few generations a perfect dog for the original purpose was created. Trainable, strong, with better hearing and vision, very well oriented and capable to navigate in all conditions.
Appearance and Temperament
At first sight, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog resembles a Gray wolf. The Lowest height is 65 (26 inches) centimeters for males and 60 (24 inches) for females. Only the lower value has been established. It is the same with weight, females shouldn't weigh less than 20kilograms (44 pounds), and males below 26 kilograms (57 pounds). This dog breed looks very fast, strong and able-bodied.
If not trained from young age Czechoslovakian Wolfdog will develop undesirable behavior. Owners should be aware that this is a working dog with wild ancestors bred for that mentality. They are active, intelligent, and enjoy living in packs with family and other pets, and are very loyal. They have strong hunting instincts so socialization is required with other animals.
Females are easier to control than males. They rarely bark. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog needs a lot of mental simulation and it is necessary to provide it for him. Repeating the same walk patterns and play time every day is not enough. With proper training and a lot of daily exercise it can live in the apartment but it is not recommended.
Yard access and regular long walks are more suitable for this breed. The ideal owner, except if it is used as utility dog, would be a person who spends a lot of time in nature, such as hikers or trail runners that can take the dog with them.
Coat and Shedding
Colors vary between yellow-gray and silver-gray. Hair is very thick and straight. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has a dense coat that enables him to withstand very harsh weather conditions. They shed excessively two times a year. Bathing id not required. Occasional brushing can be useful. This dog is usually odor free.
Health and Lifespan
Proper nutrition is essential to keep this breed healthy. Raw and grain free processed food is recommended. They are prone to hip dysplasia. The average Lifespan of Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is 12-16 years.
|Breed Group:||Herding (UKC)|
|Life span:||12-15 years|
|Height:||Male: 26 inches (65 cm)|
Female: 24 inches (60 cm)
|Weight:||Male: 54 pounds (26 kg)|
Female: 44 pounds (20 kg)
|Litter Size:||4-8 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $800 - $1500 USD|