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CZECHOSLOVAKIAN VLCAK

Life span: 13-16 Years

Height: 65cm (Male); 60cm (Female)

Weight: 26kg (Male); 20kg (Female )

Czechoslovakian Vlcak, also known as Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs is a fearless, active, sociable, lively, courageous dog breed. By the name, they emerged from the Czechoslovakian city. They have lengthy tails and hairs. They shed hairs on your carpet but are not hypoallergenic dogs.

Physical Characteristics

This large breed resembles a dog, with long ears that remain erect and a long tail that is set down while resting. Their eyes are light brown with a black nose. Their coat is relatively short, although very dense, especially during winter season, and it is straight. Coat colors include black, grey, light brown, and white, usually with a light colored mask, and a black snout.

History

Their history begins in 1955, when Mr. Hartl, who was Czech, and Mr. Rosik, who was Slovakian, crossed a German Shepherd with a Carpathian wolf. They captured (and trained) four Carpathian wolves, and bred them with around 50 German Shepherds, crossing the offsprings among each other afterwards during 10 years. They were created with the purpose of being attack dogs for the military, but ended up being used for search and rescue, tracking, obedience, agility, herding and hunting. They became the national dog of Czechoslovakia, and although they are less difficult to train than wolves, they are harder to train (yet healthier) compared to the average dog.

Personality

This breed is not ideal for families with children or other household pets, since they tend to be wary of them, as well as with strangers. Despite this, they do not attack unless their owner commands them to, given their loyalty. If they have an owner that knows how to handle them, they can even become affectionate and playful with children, but otherwise, they might be aggressive dogs. They need plenty of early socialization and training and the owner must establish dominance as the leader. They are not fond of barking, but will show the owner what it wants and attempt to catch its attention in other ways.

Health

This is a generally healthy breed. They do, rarely, suffer from:

Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.

Care

During shedding season, which occurs twice a year, they will need daily brushing, as well as during winter, when their coats get thicker. Baths should only be given occasionally, as their coat naturally gets rid of any dirt. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. Exercise is a daily need for this breed, and they are best suited to households that give them a job to do. They especially love spending time and doing activities with their owners. Training may be difficult, as they are independent and often search for a reason to do what they’re asked, as well as getting bored very easily. Patience, consistency and variation during sessions are a must, along with positive reinforcement. Early socialization and training are also a must with this breed.

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