A relatively new breed, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is known by that name as it resembles the wolf. The result of the original breeding of the German Shepherd and the Carpathian wolf, in the year 1955 in Czechoslovakia, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog was initially bred for only military purposes. Known for their temperaments, train-ability and pack mentality like that of the German Shepherd, and their strength, stamina, and build like that of the Carpathian wolf, they were trained by the military special operations to work as attack dogs. Only later were they trained and used for rescue and search operations, and tracking, agility, obedience, herding, drafting and hunting. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog was officially named the national breed of Czechoslovakia in 1982.
Strong and light, it has a wolf like gray coat, with the characteristic white mask over their faces. Extremely smart and intelligent, they are superbly focused and attentive. With their superior sense of direction and surroundings, coupled with their speed and power, they do not have difficulty following any trails. Be it rain or snow, or night or day, they are equally agile and efficient in all weathers, at all times.
Their characteristic features are their obliquely set amber eyes, and upright triangle shaped ears, with a strong set of 42 teeth.
A mature male Czechoslovakian Wolfdog stands at least 26 inches tall, and weight a minimum of 54 pounds. The females are 24 inches minimum, and weight 44 pounds at least.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Temperament:
Lively and active, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has high endurance capabilities. Its fearlessness, suspicious attitude towards strangers, courage, and quick reactions make it a suitable security dog. They are protective and tremendously loyal to their owners. Versatile and weather proof, they make superb working dogs. Playful, they need to be trained under leadership to make sure they do not grow up with temperamental issues and know who the master is. They have been known to exhibit dominant behavior in the absence of a strong leader. An all rounder, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a fast learner, and needs to be trained at an early age to follow commands. Early training is also important to mould their behavior to suit one’s needs. Barking is uncommon for a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog and they communicate with their owner in other ways. A routine exercise schedule with the same obstacles and challenges can make them lose motivation. Due to their intelligence, they need to be occupied with a variety of tasks. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog does not trust other pets, and strangers, but develops wonderful bonds and is very good with children.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Maintenance:
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is extremely low maintenance. They do not require to be brushed or bathed regularly. Their coats shed dirt on their own, and they thus do not require to be brushed every day. They also shed heavily 2 times a year. Occasional dry shampooing works best for the breed. Their coats also do not hang onto odors.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs require a good diet. Exercise is also a must for them. Lack of adequate exercise can make the dog restless and irritable. A long walk, or a following a trail can serve as good activities to indulge the dog.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Health issues:
A study dog, its mixture of wolf and dog genes makes it a superbly healthy dog. It is only prone to hip dysplasia. A healthy Czechoslovakian Wolfdog has a life expectancy of about 12 to 16 years.
Ideal Living conditions for a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog:
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is best suited for active people. It is not a pack dog, and hence is most suitable for people who wish to have a one-person dog. Since the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is also very intelligent and can be aggressive in the absence of a strong leader presence, it is not suitable for first time dog owners. Experience dog owners are better suited to own this dog. They Czechoslovakian Wolfdog does well in an apartment, provided it is given ample opportunity at outdoor physical exercise. It is hence also suitable for single, active people. Homes with large yards and ample running space, like farms etc. can consider having a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. Although they are a weather proof breed, they are more comfortable in areas with cool weather and snow.