Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer
Other names: Slovensky Hrubosrsty Stavac, Slovensky Hrubosrsky (Ohar), Slovakian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Slovak Rough-haired Pointer
Originating from the Czech Republic and a very recent addition to canine breeds in the UK. The Slovak Rough-haired Pointer is a large dog built to point, hunt and retrieve game. This versatile, strong gun-dog was created by crossing a Weimaraner, the Český Fousek and the German wirehaired pointer.
Key facts about the Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer
Origins and history
This hunting dog breed was established during the 1950’s by crossing German Wirehaired Pointers, Weimaraners, and the Cesky Fousek (also known as the Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon). The breed was developed by Kolomon Slimak, who required a breed with great stamina, who would be able to track game, point and retrieve on both land and in water. The resulting Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer certainly meets this criteria with a range of prey birds, hares and even deer.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 7 - Pointing Dogs
Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer
Female : Between 22 and 25 in
Male : Between 24 and 27 in
Female : Between 55 and 66 lb
Male : Between 55 and 66 lb
Grey or grey roan.
Type of coat
The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer has a variety of coat types within the breed. These range from soft and furry, extremely wiry to broken, but all dogs have a rough coat that does not shed.
Amber or blue.
This large, elegant gun-dog always has a coat of steely-grey colour. The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer has an elegant, but sturdy frame and is medium to large in size. It has a deep chest and strong shoulders, together with straight, long legs that carry the dog over many difficult terrains. This dog has a rectangular-shaped head which is quite broad, with ears that fold over and hang by the dog’s cheeks.
Good to know
Because the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer is a relatively new breed, everything about the breed, from its appearance to its behaviour, is still in the development stages. While every dog is different and unique, this is even more true of this particular breed.
The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer isn’t generally kept as a pet in a home environment, but they are very loyal dogs, affectionate too, that have an eagerness to please.
This breed makes good friends with children, enjoying messing around and playing games with them.
Although the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer is a very energetic dog in the hunting field, when at home he has a laid back attitude. This very calm dog makes a superb companion.
Like many other working dogs, the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer has a very high level of intelligence, making him easy to train.
The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer excels in an active environment, as a sporting companion or a working dog for a gun-dog enthusiast. He is very capable of working over any terrain and conditions, be it on water or land.
Fearful / wary of strangers
Although this dog is very focused and biddable when out working, at home he has rather strange social habits, and doesn’t really accept strangers into his environment.
The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer is a relatively independent breed, who forms a loving bond with their owner and family.
Behaviour of the Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer
You will find that this breed doesn’t tend to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. However, as with many other large dog breeds, due to his endurance and stamina, he needs to be exercised frequently.
Easy to train / obedience
This breed is well known for being easy to train. This means that housetraining and training to recall should not be difficult.
The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer isn’t known to be an excessive barker.