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 :
Temperament :Playful Hunter
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.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Slovakian Hound
Female : Between 16 and 18 in
Male : Between 18 and 20 in
Female : Between 33 and 44 lb
Male : 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.
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.
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.