As the name implies, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog looks like a wolf. It has the long legs and agile body of the wolf as well as the straight, thick, coarse silver-gray or yellow-gray coat. It has the white mask, amber eyes, flat chest, and upright ears of the wolf. This dog is rectangular in shape, with a defined waist, sinewy build, and a tail that sits high. When in motion, this dog is agile and graceful.
The personality of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, or any wolf dog, is a combination of dog and wolf traits. This breed tends to be somewhat timid, except around its owner, and nervous in new situations.
This breed is part-wolf minus the fear of man, but rarely shows the connection most dogs share with humans (except for its owner). If you want a quiet yet lively, majestic, fearless, loyal dog, this breed may be for you.
Make sure you give this dog sufficient exercise. Grooming is infrequent except for twice a year, when you can expect large tufts of hair around the house, even with the most diligent brushing.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog will become restless if not exercised enough. This is often expressed in pacing back and forth inside the home.
Because this dog is closely related to the wolf, it is extremely quick and agile, so you must be cautious around possible prey, including other dogs. Though, as with all dogs, they will not attack unless provoked, you must be on guard and know your dog’s body language and signals. Expect a dog with wolflike traits who is unlikely to cuddle on the sofa and who needs to be outside a lot of the time.
This breed is prone to hip dysplasia.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, also known as the Slovak Wolfdog, is a new breed, developed in 1958 as the offspring of an experimental crossing of a German Shepherd with a Carpathian Wolf to establish that wolf and dog genes could be combined to create a healthy specimen. It was recognized as a separate breed in 1982.
Today, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is no longer used as the military pack dog it was once famous for, and can be found in homes as companion animals and guard dogs.