Other names: Slovensky Kopov, Slovak Hound, Black Forest Hound
The Slovakian Hound is a persistent hunting dog, known for his scenting abilities. These dogs were initially bred to hunt boar and because of this, in North America he is known as the Black Forest Hound, although he has no actual connection to the Black Forest. This is a hard-working breed who is quite hardy and known for its courage and great endurance. As well as being a hunting dog, he is also a good choice for a companion dog, although he will need lots of space and exercise.
Key facts about the Slovakian Hound
- Life expectancy : Between 11 and 13 years
- Temperament : Playful, Hunter
- Size : Medium
- Type of coat : Short
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Slovakian Hound
|Female dog||Between 16 and 18 in|
|Male dog||Between 18 and 20 in|
|Female dog||Between 33 and 44 lb|
|Male dog||Between 33 and 44 lb|
Always solid black with tan markings.
Type of coat
The Slovakian Hound has a short, close-fitting coat.
The Slovakian Hound is a well-muscled dog with a long body. He has an athletic build, sturdy legs, floppy ears and a long tail. His short, black coat is quite distinguishable by tan markings on his limbs, chest and face.
A very affectionate breed, who loves to be involved in family life. Certainly not aloof.
The Slovensky Kopov is a very playful dog, however be aware that he will sometimes nip when excited.
This is a breed with boundless energy. When playing, he can become very excited and easily knock over a child.
The Slovakian Hound is a very intelligent breed, who usually has a brilliant sense of direction and smell.
This is certainly a hunting dog, who works with great courage, character and endurance.
Fearful / wary of strangers
Even though the Slovakian Hound may be suspicious around strangers, he isn’t an overly aggressive dog.
As is generally the case with many hound-type dogs, the Slovakian Hound does have an independent nature.
Behaviour of the Slovakian Hound
As a very sociable breed, these dogs do love being around humans or other animals. They’re not too happy when left alone for long periods.
Easy to train / obedience
As is the case with many hounds, this is a very intelligent breed who is mostly easy to train. Bear in mind that he can also be quite wilful and often independent at times. This dog also requires a good amount of mental stimulation to keep his brain sharp.
Due to the nature of his skill as a scent hound, this dog will be prone to barking and howling. He will need to be trained not to do this in the home.
Tendency to run away
The Slovakian Hound has the potential to wander when the fancy takes him. He will attempt to escape at times.
As a very active hound, if he’s not kept active and stimulated, he will become bored and display destructive tendencies.
Greedy / Gluttony
This medium sized dog can be quite greedy at times. As a working dog, he needs to be fed a high-quality diet to meet his dietary requirements.
The Slovakian Hound is an attentive watch-dog and guardian for the family, as he is very observant. He can become quite aggressive when he is protecting his family.
This dog was developed to hunt wild boar and other prey. In most cases, he wouldn’t be chosen as a first dog or a family pet, unless he is guaranteed a great deal of attention, mental stimulation and exercise.
Slovakian Hound in a flat
These canines are best suited to a rural, outdoor lifestyle, where they get the chance to hunt and follow the scent of a trail. However, providing they are given plenty of exercise and access to a large, fenced-in outdoor space, they will do fine living in a small-sized home.
Need for exercise / Sporty
The Slovakian Hound has a need for lots of exercise. Hiking, swimming and chasing after balls or Frisbees are good ideas for exercise.
Travelling / easy to transport
This energetic dog isn’t the best choice to take onto public transport. However he will travel in a dog crate in the rear of a vehicle without issue.
Slovakian Hound and cats
As a hunting canine, he probably won’t get along too well with cats and other small pets.
Slovakian Hound and dogs
Not the most sociable of canines when around other dogs.
Slovakian Hound and children
In most situations, the Slovakian Hound gets along well with children in the home.
Slovakian Hound and the elderly
This dog just loves to be outside and working and has a need for lots of exercise. Not suited to an inactive household.
This breed will cost anywhere from £400 and upwards to purchase. The monthly budget to raise this hound will be in the region of £80 to £120. This will cover the cost of meals, veterinary care, and pet insurance.
As this hound has a short, dense coat, only occasional brushing is needed.
Moderate shedder – seasonally.
Nutrition of the Slovakian Hound
The Slovakian Hound, as a hunting dog, should be given a high-quality dog food manufactured specifically for working breeds.
Health of the Slovakian Hound
The Slovakian Hound can suffer from ailments affecting large working breeds. Its average life expectancy is 11 to 13 years.
Strong / robust
The Slovakian Hound is a tenacious hunter; both strong and robust.
This breed prefers a cooler climate. Shade needs to be provided if the dog is outdoors in high temperatures.
The Slovakian Hound can adapt well to cooler weather climates and is a good mountain dog.
Tendency to put on weight
This breed has an average risk of gaining weight. Of course, this risk is higher when he stops working and becomes more sedentary at home.
Good to know
Even though the Slovakian Hound is a renowned hunting breed, he is very rarely seen outside of his native homeland. However, when this dog is spotted internationally, he is often referred to as the “Black Forest Dog”. This is incorrect, as this dog has never been a native breed from the Black Forest region.
Origins and history
Although the origins of the Slovakian Hound are unclear, the breed certainly came from Slovakia, sometime during the Dark Ages. A very rare breed of dog, especially in the United Kingdom. For many years the breed was unrecognised, until after the Second World War. At this time, a breeding programme was commenced that resulted in the first breed standard. The Slovakian Hound was officially recognised by the FCI in 1963.
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