Czechoslovakian Vlcak

The Czechoslovakian Vlcak is a medium-sized breed of dog that came from Czechoslovakia where it was developed as attack dogs for the military's Special Operations Unit. The breed is known by many different names including the Czechoslovakian Vlcak, Slovak Wolfdog, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Czech Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlciak and the Ceskoslovensky Vlcak. The Czech Wolfdog was created in 1955 when a man by the name of Hartl crossed a German Shepherd with a Carpathian Wolf. His goal was to create military dogs that would possess the intelligence of Shepherds and the strength and aggressiveness found in wolves. Through careful breeding, the Czech Wolfdog became a stabilized breed and was recognized in 1982. These dogs are rarely seen outside of Czechoslovakia.

The Czechoslovakian Vlak (or Wolfdog) can be mistaken for a wolf thanks to their muscular and athletic body. They have large chests and long spines. They have long, pointy muzzles and large, triangular ears that sit atop its head. The tail is bushy and the coat comes in typical wolf colors: gray-silver and yellow-silver. Adult Czechoslovakian Vlcaks can weigh between 44 and 54 pounds. This is a short-haired dog with a thick coat that is typically silvery or yellowish gray with or without a white mask. The muzzle is wedge-shaped, and the nose is black. Its large prick ears are triangular and held fully erect. The tail is long, heavily coated and carried high when alert. The eyes of the Czech Wolfdog are a light amber color. Personality: The Czechoslovak Wolfdog is very energetic and active. This breed is brave and fearless, and very loyal towards their masters. They can be stubborn and need proper training and exercise to be well-mannered. They have high exercise needs and need to be taken for brisk walks on a daily basis. They are suspicious towards other dogs and strangers but never attack without reason. Czechoslovakian Vlcaks are strong, active dogs that require a lot of exercise. As such, they do not fare well in small living quarters. They can also become quite aggressive if they feel as if they are being threatened. While they are loyal to their owners, they can be a bit too much to handle for some people.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Life Span
12-16 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Slovak Wolfdog, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Czech Wolfdog, Ceskoslovensky Vlciak, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak, Czechoslovakian Vlcak

Czechoslovakian Vlcak Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Cold

The Czechoslovakian Vlak (or Wolfdog) can be mistaken for a wolf thanks to their muscular and athletic body. They have large chests and long spines. They have long, pointy muzzles and large, triangular ears that sit atop its head. The tail is bushy and the coat comes in typical wolf colors: gray-silver and yellow-silver. Adult Czechoslovakian Vlcaks can weigh between 44 and 54 pounds.

This is a short-haired dog with a thick coat that is typically silvery or yellowish gray with or without a white mask.

The muzzle is wedge-shaped, and the nose is black. Its large prick ears are triangular and held fully erect. The tail is long, heavily coated and carried high when alert. The eyes of the Czech Wolfdog are a light amber color.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Guardian Skills
Barking

The Czechoslovak Wolfdog is very energetic and active. This breed is brave and fearless, and very loyal towards their masters. They can be stubborn and need proper training and exercise to be well-mannered. They have high exercise needs and need to be taken for brisk walks on a daily basis. They are suspicious towards other dogs and strangers but never attack without reason.

Czechoslovakian Vlcaks are strong, active dogs that require a lot of exercise.

As such, they do not fare well in small living quarters. They can also become quite aggressive if they feel as if they are being threatened. While they are loyal to their owners, they can be a bit too much to handle for some people.

Appearance

Colors
Gray Silver Yellow
Shedding
Constant
Grooming
High Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

The Czech Wolfdog has a thick double-coat that you will need to brush daily during shedding season. Bathing is only necessary if your pet becomes particularly dirty. However, it is good practice to check its ears regularly for excess wax accumulation. If you need to clean the ears, do not use a cotton swab.

Use a damp cotton ball or the tip of a soft rag to gently wipe any debris out of your pet's ears.

Clipping the nails of a Czechoslovakian Vlcak may be a bit difficult since the breed is so strong and active. However, if you are able to do so, use a pliers-style clipper and just trim the ends.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Assist Disable Owners
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
Yes
  • Czechoslovakian Vlcaks rarely bark
  • They prefer to communicate in the form of growling, whining, grunting and howling
  • In addition to working in the military, the Czechoslovakian Vlcak has excelled in many other arenas including search and rescue, tracking, drafting, agility, schutzhund, and obedience
  • Czech Wolfdogs are not recommended for households that have other pets such as cats, rabbits, rodents or smaller dogs

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Common Health Conditions in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

When given the proper care and medical attention, a Czech Wolfdog can live as long as 12 to 16 years. This is an extremely healthy breed that suffers from little to no genetic health issues. However, there have been isolated cases when some of these dogs have developed one or more of the following issues: Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Pituitary Dwarfism, Epilepsy, Degenerative Myelopathy, Various Heart Problems and Lens Luxation. If you are looking for a dog that will make a great guard dog, you may want to consider a Czechoslovakian Vlcak. However, if you choose this breed, you must be prepared for a highly active and extremely strong pet. Additionally, due to the nature of the breed, it is not recommended for small children.

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