Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
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Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog

Not a dog fit for everyone.



The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has its origin in the crossing experiments between the “Carpathian Wolf” and the German Shepherd carried out in the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic from 1955 under the supervision of the SR. Karel Hartl, a renowned Czech cynologist and breeder. The scientific objective of these experiments was to determine the characteristics of these hybrids (physical appearance, behavior, utility, fertility…), while the military tried to create a breed with the strength of the wolf and the docility of the dog, that could be used as an attack dog.

The first births took place in 1958 at the border guard kennel in Libejovice, in the south of the country. Brita the wolf and the German Shepherd Cezar z Brezoveho Haje gave birth to 5 Puppies: Brent, Berta, Bono, Betty y Bessy.

Betty was selected to continue the line at Libejovice kennel, while his sister Berta was sent to the Samorin kennel (now Malacky) with the same goal. Their pups were used as patrol dogs by border guards, confirming that these hybrids were healthy, functional and fertile.

After this initial success, the Brita Wolf was able to mate again with a new male German Shepherd named Kurt z Vaclavky. Like this, in 1960, Defender, Bigan, Trophy, Bill and Bima were born in the Libejovice kennel. The male Bikar was chosen to be sent to the Pohranicni kennel in Slovakia to continue this second lineage.

The experiment stopped at 1965, not without some success: hybrids were able to reproduce, socialize with humans and be trained for different tasks. At the end of the experiment, 16 of these dogs remained in the care of the army, While 18 were given to civil breeders.

Then new lines were created, as..:

– Astra (female german shepherd dog) and Argo (Carpathian wolf male) in 1968;
– Lejdy (female Carpathian wolf) y Boyar from Schotterhof (male german shepherd) in 1972;
– Urta with the Guardian Guard (3rd generation hybrid female) and Sarik (male Carpathian wolf) in 1974;
– Xela with the Guardian Guard (3rd generation female hybrid) and Sarik (Carpathian wolf male) in 1983.

The name “Czechoslovakian Wolfdog” seems to have become commonplace to designate these hybrids as early as the 1980s. 1960, but it wasn't until 1982 that the efforts of Mr.. Karel Hartl were finally officially rewarded when this new breed was recognized by the Czechoslovakian Dog Breeders Committee, the country's leading canine organization.

It developed quite quickly and to 1991 not less than 1552 Czechoslovakian wolfhounds were registered in the national pedigree dog register.

In 1999, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

In the news, are mainly found in Central Europe, but its popularity is growing rapidly in several Western European countries like Italy, Germany, Spain and France. In France, for example, little more than 3.000 representatives of the breed have registered with the LOF (Book of French Origins) between 2010 and 2016, and the trend is increasing. His growing renown leads him to the gates of 10 Most popular dog breeds in France.

On the other hand, the Czechoslovak Wolf dog has not actually crossed the English Channel: it is only one of the breeds recognized by the Kennel Club, the British organization of reference, and the FCI only has one approved kennel in the whole country.

In United States, the AKC (American Kennel Club) partially recognizes it from 2001: their representatives can participate in competitions organized under the aegis of the organization, but they cannot register in the breed dog registry. On the other hand, the UKC (United Kennel Club) fully recognizes it, and has been doing it since 2006. In addition, in 2011 an official breed club was established (el Czechoslovakian Vlcak Club of America). There are currently some 200 specimens in American territory.

Physical characteristics

It is a dog of strong constitution, medium-sized and rectangular in structure. It is similar to the wolf in constitution, movement, colors, cloak and mask. The head, symmetrical and well muscled, is shaped like a truncated wedge. the eyes are small, macaroons, amber, with well-attached eyelids.
Ears are erect, thin, triangular and short. The tail is implanted high, but it hangs straight. When the dog is excited, lifts it up in a sickle.

Hair: The coat is straight and adherent. In winter it has a very dense undercoat.
Color: From yellowish gray to silver gray, with the characteristic white mask.
Size: Males are at least 65 cm.. the females, minimum 60 cm..

Character and skills

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog he is very devoted to his family, including children. However, their rather dominant nature can be problematic for young people. In any case, it is important to socialize him from an early age and never leave a young child alone with a dog, regardless of race.

He is also sociable with his companions and other pets who live under the same roof., since he is used to their presence relatively early. On the other hand, Woe to the cats, small dogs and other rodents that are unfamiliar to you and would have the bad idea of ​​venturing into your territory, or that they will meet during a walk: his hunting instincts were then all chances to regain the advantage.

In addition, He is so affectionate with his entourage as he distrusts strangers: There, an education and socialization of the puppy started from an early age is also necessary to avoid any later problems.

By having a highly developed sense of hierarchy, must face as soon as possible with his “leader of the pack”, who should show his dog his place in the family hierarchy . The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog he is a dog that cannot stand loneliness, largely preferring to live in the company of their pack, that is, his family. You are very likely to be unhappy if you have to be alone for long periods of time and risk running away to be reunited with your family, or feeling excluded from the “in the sense” and lose trust in his master.

In addition, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog it is a very durable and active breed of dog, able to accompany his master even over very long distances that can exceed even those of a marathon, and whatever the weather conditions. In fact, being able to exercise daily is necessary for your physical and psychological well-being, and allows to avoid the risk of damage caused by the dog . It is an ideal companion for a sports lover who would like, for example, jogging with your dog , go hiking with your dog or even ride a bike with your dog.. On the other hand, even more than for any other race, your handler should make sure he is always up front to show his dog who is the "leader of the pack" .

On the other hand, a person who prefers to spend his free time in front of a screen or immersed in a book is exposed to some difficulties if he thinks about adopting a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

In addition, by needing space, the latter is not a recommended breed of dog in apartments : it is much better to have a house with a garden. It is not uncommon to see him playing and sleeping there whatever the weather.: It is not very difficult, and is able to perfectly withstand bad weather. On the other hand, it is recommended that said garden be perfectly fenced, to avoid the risk of the dog escaping and wandering on public roads.

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog very little, if he barks. But when it does, it is impossible not to notice: similar to his ancestors the wolves , its howl is loud and can be heard over long distances. Daily, when you need to express yourself, opt for other means, like moans and grunts .

Like this, this loyal and active dog will make a firm human companion happiness, sporty and available, but it is not recommended for people who have never had dogs before or who are often absent. In fact, the majority of failed adoptions are due to the fact that the human has not known how to impose himself as "leader of the pack" and / or has not been sufficiently available and active for his partner.

Last but not least, It should be remembered that this recent breed of dog is still under construction., so excessively fearful or aggressive subjects may appear.

Price “Czechoslovakian Wolfdog”

The price of a puppy Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is of some 1250 - 1500 EUR.

Characteristics "Czechoslovakian Wolfdog"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Czechoslovakian Wolfdog" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Adaptation ⓘ

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Affection Level ⓘ

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Need to exercise ⓘ

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Social Needs ⓘ

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Apartment ⓘ

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Grooming ⓘ

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Barking Tendencies ⓘ

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Health Issues ⓘ

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intelligence ⓘ

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versatility ⓘ

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Child Friendly ⓘ

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Watchdog Ability ⓘ

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
  • Section 1: Sheepdogs. With proof of work..


  • FCI ,
  • AKC ,
  • ANKC ,
  • UKC

  • FCI breed standard "Czechoslovakian Wolfdog"

    FCIFCI - Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

    Alternative names:

      1. Czechoslovak Vlcak (English).
      2. Československý vlčiak (French).
      3. tschechisch československý vlčák, slowakisch československý vlčiak (German).
      4. Československý vlčák (Portuguese).
      5. Československý vlčák, PLC (Spanish).

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