The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog   12 comments

Czechoslovakian Wolf-Dogs (Vlcak)

(The Family-Friendly Wolf-Dog Smile)

A relatively new breed of dog bred originally by Mr Ing. Karel Hartel, from Male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) “Ceaser z Brezoveho haje,” and “Brita” a Carpathian wolf, at the Libejovice breeding centre, South Bohemia in May 1958. Brita was later bred again with GSD “Kurt z Vaklavky” to produce a 2nd line of Czech Wolf-dogs. A 3rd line was born from the mating of the he-wolf “Argo” and GSD “Asta z SNB” in a police kennel in Bychory.  Most of the crossbred dogs were transferred to a new breeding centre in Malacky in 1970’s (part of the frontier guard in Bratislava). Here the 3rd wolf to be introduced “Sark” was mated with two 3rd generation wolf-dog bitches “Xela z Pohranicini straze” and “Urta z Pohranicini straze.” The last crossbreeding took place in 1983, between she-wolf “Lady” and GSD “Bojar von Schotterhof” in Libejovice. One of the resulting pups, “Kazan z Pohranicini straze” was then used for the direct breeding of The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog and since then only pure bred Czech wolf dogs have been used for breeding.

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The Czechoslovakian wolf-dog (Vlcak) is a shining example of strength, grace and ferocity. More compact than the Saarlooswolf-dog, it bears a very close resemblance to the wolf.  It has amber eyes and its long and slightly bushy tail is usually carried upright, whilst its coat, dense, straight, and thick ranges in colour from yellow-grey to silver-grey with a light mask. The Czechoslovakian Vlcak is an elegant creature moving at a steady and enduring cantering pace; its graceful movements are light and well-balanced, and its steps long.

It was first officially recognised as a breed in 1982 by the International Cynological Federation (FCI) after a long battle by Mr Ing. Karel Hartel when the first 43 pups were registered in Praha. From 1982 – 1991 a further 1552 pups were successfully registered. (Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog Breed Standard, Standard F.C.I. c 332/28.04.1994/ (Ceskoslovensky Vlcak) )


Czechoslovakian Wolf-dogs are quick, lively and very active, Fearless, courageous and full of purpose and drive they are ready for anything. The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog makes a wonderful and versatile companion. Unlike the Saarlooswolf-dog, shyness is a disqualifying fault in the Czechoslovakian wolf-dogs.

The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog bonds well not only with their owner, but with the whole family but not very well with anybody else as they can be very wary around strangers. It will learn to live happily with other family pets though there may be problems if it meets unfamiliar animals.

Czechoslovakian wolf-dogs have a great love of hunting and in order to avoid displays of aggression towards smaller animals when it reaches adulthood it is very important to control this instinct while they are still puppies. The puppy should never be isolated in the kennel; it must be socialized and get used to different surroundings. Female Czechoslovakian Wolf-dogs are generally easier to control, but both sexes will most likely experience a difficult adolescence and they need an extremely firm and patient hand in training.

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The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog is very playful and temperamental. It is intelligent and learns easily but as with all training it needs time and commitment.  To achieve a stable and reliable standard can take a little longer than the average for standard specialized breeds. The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog by nature needs a purpose to its training in order to maintain its motivation, so it will need variety and interest.  They are ideal for tracking and very good at following trails as they have very sharp senses. They also work well in the pack being a very purposeful and independent breed. They will be happy working by night if required or by day.  As with other wolf-dogs barking isn’t a natural trait of Czechoslovakian Wolf-dogs – they prefer to communicate and express themselves in a variety of different ways.  If barking is required of them in training then clearly this could be a problem.

12 responses to “The Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog

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  1. oh now I want one of THOSE! Good blog Wolfie

  2. Buddy says to not even think about it…..that stash of treats is HIS!

  3. i love them! i could do this, im sure! hopefully they would learn to like goats 😉
    truly a beautiful dog.
    annnd i had to catch up on all your latest posts, as somehow my subscription to your blog disappeared somehow. i missed a bunch!

    as for these two in the last picture, they must be visiting oklahoma …
    ‘HEY! pay attention to where your driving!’
    ‘ewww did you see the size of that human?
    heh heh

    • Of course they’re visiting oklahoma! lol 😉 And I’m sure they’d learn to LOVE goats…sluuurrp! slobber! Ooops 🙂 Naughty Wolf-dogs…don’t think that was quite what the scaly winged one meant! lol…

      Good to see you back btw…missed you 🙂 I’ve also had to re-subscribe to several blogs recently that have mysteriously disappeared from my subscription list…must be the WLS influence! 🙂

  4. They look handsome and vigilant.

  5. Hello Timid one.
    Yes they are quite handsome looking dogs but still not sure about that wishy washy sable colour.

    Starting to feel better today, so thought to do some catching up. so watch out you , I will be back. take care Timid one, “He who runs faster than the wind ” in the area !!!

  6. ❤Happy February❤Can it be? we’re just weeks away from Spring now, joy, joy!!!! Hi ya Icey Wolfie, How’s the traveling on wolfie highways in the icey realm? I liked that interesting article on the Czechoslovakian Wolf-Dogs, says they’re more family friendly, my they are a beautiful canine. I’d like one too, alas, “pack, shmack” says the Trooper!!!! The pack thing very much amazes me when our Trooper dog fails miserably at even the slightest attempt to get a long with another dog! His brand is known for being difficult to socialize though and add the fact we got him so late why I doubt he has any pack mentality or socialization training with his kind at all by the way he acts -“hmmf” says he! I’m sure to him we’re his family and friends, all he needs I guess(“-“)

  7. Those dogs look lovely! Awwww!

  8. they look lovely but i prob would be a bit scared of one i love the german sheps i have and trust them the wolf dog im not sure hi icey hope your better xxjen missed you around aww im going soft

  9. How beautiful animal that is.
    but they like cold yes?/
    so best keep them in the cold areas.TC and tx for ur comments
    i wish u a wonderful new week..and ur most welcome to Belgium to enjoy the NO GOVERNMENT moments lol

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