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

Life expectancy :

6

18

11

13

Temperament :

Playful Hunter

Size :

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

Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Slovakian Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 16 and 18 in

Male : Between 18 and 20 in

Weight

Female : Between 33 and 44 lb

Male : Between 33 and 44 lb

Coat colour

Black

Type of coat

Short

Eye colour

Brown

Description

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. 

Temperament

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    Affectionate

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

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    Playful

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

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    Calm

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

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    Intelligent

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

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    Hunter

    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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    Independent

    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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      Barking

      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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