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Czech Wolfhound

Czech Wolfhound

Alternate Names
GroupShepherd and Mountain Dog

Czech Wolfhound Profile

Robust (Health)
Supports Loneliness
Need Exercise
Easy To Maintain
Easy to Train
Nice Child
Agreement with Animals
First Dog
Able to Guard

Physical Characteristics

The Czech wolfhound is a strong dog of medium to large size with a squared structure. Its constitution, movements, look, dress, color, and mask are similar to those of the wolf. Its head, symmetrical and well muscled, is in the form of a blunt wedge. Its eyes are small and slanted, with a beautiful amber color and adherent eyelids. The ears are straight, thin, triangular, and short. The tail is set high but usually kept low. When the dog is excited, the tail is usually carried like a sickle.

Fur: the coat is straight and adherent. During the winter, it is supplemented by an undercoat.

Color: from yellow-gray to silver-gray with a characteristic light mask.

Size: about 65 cm for the males and 60 cm for the females.

Weight: 20 to 25 kg.

Origins and History

In 1955, Karel Hartl, considered the father of the breed, experimented with the inter-breeding of a German shepherd and a wolf from the Carpathians. After a few attempts, he managed to create a new stable hybrid race, which he started to breed in 1965. In 1982, after various vicissitudes, the National Committee for Police Dog Associations of the Soviet Union recognized the Czech Wolfhound as a national race.

Character and Abilities

It is a versatile dog, full of temperament, very active, strong, and receptive. Its reactions are fast and it is fearless and courageous. It has a strict sense of hierarchy and attaches strongly to its master, but is very wary of everything it does not know.

Living Conditions



Average life expectancy: about 13 years.

Information and Tips

It’s a type that has begun to be fashionable, but it is not a dog suitable to everybody. Research is recommended. 

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