Wolf-like dog created as a biological experiment
In 1955 a biological experiment took place in the CSSR (Czechoslovak Socialist Republic of that time), namely, the crossing of a German Shepherd Dog with a Carpathian Wolf. The experiment established that the progeny of the mating of a male dog to a female wolf as well as that of male wolf to female dog, could be reared. The overwhelming majority of the products of these mating possessed the genetic requirements for continuation of breeding. In 1965, after the ending of the experiment, a plan for the breeding of this new breed was worked out. This was to combine the usable qualities of the wolf with the favourable qualities of the dog. In 1982, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, through the general committee of the breeder’s associations of the CSSR of that time, was recognized as a national breed.
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OTHER NAMES – Czechoslovakian Vlcak, Ceskoslovensky Vlciak (Slovakia), Ceskoslovensky Vlcak (Czech Republic), CWD
LIVING WITH THIS BREED
Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are known for having boundless energy, especially during puppyhood and young adolescence. Daily long walks/runs combined with mental stimulation work well, they like to have an interactive experience with their owners. They are confident, lively, active, high stamina, high energy, tough and obedient with quick reactions. They are also highly intelligent, versatile and curious. Early socialisation and training is very important. With proper training, they can excel in many different types of activities, but they need to see a purpose for the desired task. They are a primitive breed of dog with a dominant and independent personality and so requires a different approach to training. They bore very easily, do not like to do repetitive tasks and often refuse to perform the tasks regardless of treat incentives. These Wolfdogs are an amazing loyal, highly intelligent breed of dog, that can fit into family life beautifully, but there are a number of characteristics that make them unsuitable for many owners. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, especially the males, are large, rumbustious, physical dogs, whose greetings and preferred ways of playing can be physical and rough. This of course can be dealt with with training and perseverance but some may never fully grow out of their rough ways. Along with the physicality they are a very agile and powerful breed, meaning they can scale most walls and fences or dig under if left alone.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||Slovakia|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Military Work|
|TEMPERAMENT||Loyal, Intelligent, Lively|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||1-2 hours per day|
|HEIGHT – MALE||65 cm / 25.5 in (to shoulder)|
|HEIGHT – FEMALE||60 cm / 23.5 in (to shoulder)|
|COAT TYPE||Medium Length, Dense|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||10-15 years|
DID YOU KNOW?
- Some Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs howl and others make many other vocalisations besides barking.
- Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs generally love water and snow.
- The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is not recommended for first time owners as they need strong pack leadership and structure.
- Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs have a weather resistant coat; it naturally cleans itself of mud and dirt. They seldom need a bath and have little to no body odour. They shed twice-a-year and at that time daily brushing is required.
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WEBSITES ABOUT CZECHOSLOVAKIAN WOLFDOGS
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- Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Club of Great Britain
- World of Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs
- Czechoslovakian Vlcak Club of America
- Czechoslovakian Vlcak Club UK
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