Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

Type: Working

Height: 24 - 29.5 inches.

Weight: 44 - 77 lbs.

Life Span: 10 - 12 years.

Litter Size: 4 - 8 puppies.

Country of Origin: The Czech Republic

Activity: High. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs have a lot of energy that needs to be expelled with exercise.

Watch-dog: Low. Although it seems as if a wolfdog would be the best watch dog, they have a low tendency to bark.


Description: Almost indistinguishable from the common wolf, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a picture of strength, grace and ferocity. Due to an experiment in the 1950s, this breed was introduced by crossing the German Shepherd with the Carpathian Timber Wolf. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are a more compact, wolf-like breed. They need an extremely firm and patient hand in training, and may be shy around strangers. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog bonds well with its owner and its family, but not very well with people other than that. The Czech Wolfdog is a lively breed with a versatility to it. They resemble wolves, in fur and body type. They have amber eyes and a rather complete set of teeth. Their tails are long and slightly bushy, and they usually carry them upright. They range from yellow-grey to silver-grey in color on their dense, straight, thick coats. They are elegant while running, with their long and graceful canter. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are courageous and fearless, ready for anything. They are lively, active, and purposeful. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog makes a fearless and meaningful companion.

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Other Names: Czech Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak, Slovak Wolfdog, Chien-Loup Tchecoslovaque

Colors: Yellow-grey to silver-grey.

Coat: The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog's coat is straight, dense and very thick.

Temperament: Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are intelligent and trainable, but get bored with repetition and often need motivation to be trained. They are lively, active and fast. Although some are shy, this is a disqualifying trait in the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. They are fearless and courageous, and maintain a pleasant sounding howl. They bond strongly with their owner and family, but not well with other people. They are not adverse to other household pets, as they bond with them as well. Encounters with strange animals, although, may result in confrontation. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs have intense instincts to hunt when they are pups, and this should discouraged early on in order to prevent aggressiveness in adults. Although adolescents may go through a difficult teenage life, females are generally easy to control. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are extremely good at trailing a scent.

With Children: Good as long as they are in the family. Outside the family, beware.

With Pets: Good as long as raised with the other animals and the dog knows they are family. Animals outside of this range may come into conflict with this breed.

Special Skills: Hunter and guardian.

Care and Training: Grooming is not a big issue with this breed. Brushing every so often will help keep the coat clean. Training should begin at a very early age, as puppies will have an intense desire to hunt. This should be discouraged, as adults who still try to hunt become aggressive and harder to handle. Adolescent puppies tend to be a handful, but females tend to be more easily controlled. Motivation is absolutely necessary when training this breed. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs often become bored with repetitious assignments, and need to know why they must do what they are told. Some problems can occur in training when barking is required, as Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs do not usually bark. They make a variety of other sounds to communicate, and may try to communicate this way to their trainer, rather than barking. Special care must be taken to train these animals correctly.

Learning Rate: High. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are very intelligent.

Special Needs: Fenced yard, exercise, training and socialization.

Living Environment: Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs need space to exercise. The best owner for this breed would be an experienced, firm owner or family who lives in a rural environment. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are kind to pets of the family, but do not get along well with other animals, including neighboring dogs.

Health Issues: A sturdy, healthy dog, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog does not suffer from many known illnesses.

History: The Czech Wolfdog originated in the former Czechoslovakian Republic in 1955. After an experiment to cross the Carpathian Timber Wolf with the German Shepherd, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog was born. Soon after, the experimenters within the ordeal decided to make a wolf-dog hybrid that would exhibit the best traits of both breeds. Initially, the drive was to create a better working dog. Although they had created a new breed with some good qualities of each side, the experiment was not a total success. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog still exhibits some undesired traits of the wolf, including shyness, difficulty of training, and aggression towards strange animals. In 1982 the breed received recognition from the CSSR, and in 1999 was accepted by the FCI in group 1, section 1.

First Registered by the AKC: FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)

AKC Group: FSS

Registries: CSSR, FCI