Slovakian Hound

Other names: Slovensky Kopov, Slovak Hound, Black Forest Hound

Slovakian 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

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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

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Slovakian Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 16 and 18 in

Male : Between 18 and 20 in


Female : Between 33 and 44 lb

Male : Between 33 and 44 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



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. 


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    A very affectionate breed, who loves to be involved in family life. Certainly not aloof.

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    The Slovensky Kopov is a very playful dog, however be aware that he will sometimes nip when excited.

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    This is a breed with boundless energy. When playing, he can become very excited and easily knock over a child.

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    The Slovakian Hound is a very intelligent breed, who usually has a brilliant sense of direction and smell.

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    This is certainly a hunting dog, who works with great courage, character and endurance.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    Even though the Slovakian Hound may be suspicious around strangers, he isn’t an overly aggressive dog.

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    As is generally the case with many hound-type dogs, the Slovakian Hound does have an independent nature. 

    Behaviour of the Slovakian Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      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. 

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      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.

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      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.

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      Tendency to run away

      The Slovakian Hound has the potential to wander when the fancy takes him. He will attempt to escape at times.

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      As a very active hound, if he’s not kept active and stimulated, he will become bored and display destructive tendencies. 

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      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.

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      Guard dog

      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.

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      First dog

      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. 

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.


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          Slovakian Hound and cats

          As a hunting canine, he probably won’t get along too well with cats and other small pets.

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          Slovakian Hound and dogs

          Not the most sociable of canines when around other dogs.

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          Slovakian Hound and children

          In most situations, the Slovakian Hound gets along well with children in the home. 

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          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

          Life expectancy

          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.

          Withstand heat

          This breed prefers a cooler climate. Shade needs to be provided if the dog is outdoors in high temperatures. 

          Withstand cold

          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.

          Common illnesses

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