Czechoslovakian Wolf-Dogs (Vlcak)
(The Family-Friendly Wolf-Dog )
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.
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.
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.