Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (Czechoslovakian Vlcak)

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a new breed of dog which was devoloped in Czechoslovakia and is believed to be rare. The dog got its name for its wolf-like appearance.  It has a sturdy rectangular built with a barrel-shaped chest. The dog has a broad neck, a muscular belly, and a bushy tail. Its gait is beautiful that looks majestic. The forelimbs are straight and narrow. The hind limbs are muscular with a long calf and instep. It has a black colored muzzle, erect ears, and obliquely positioned amber-colored eyes.

The CWD can endure in cold climate and are suitable for rural areas which have plenty of open space to move around and a house for them to patrol and guard. By nature, they are incredibly active, quick and courageous. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog shares a close bond with its master and his whole family. These dogs are a superb choice for jobs like tracking or trailing sport, or in the form of a companion for the active owners who love to spend time outdoors with their dog.  They have excellent stamina, endurance with superior eyesight, hearing, and sense of smell.


Czech Wolfdog Puppies

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog History

The  Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a new breed with a fascinating history behind its development. In the year 1955, a biological experiment began that included the crossing of the German Shepherd Dog with a Carpathian Wolf. The experiment proved that offsprings by the mating of a male dog with a female wolf and male wolf mating with a female dog could be produced. These experimental breedings continued for a period of ten years.

The creator of the breed was a Czech, Mr. Hartl who started the project in 1958 and was followed by a Slovakian, Mr. Rosik. In 1965, the plan of creating this breed came to life, which included to combine usable capabilities of the wolf and the dog. It was bred to patrol the borders in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. The dogs no more do patrol duty. They mostly do the job of search and rescue, tracking, obedience, agility, drafting, herding, and working dog sports now in Europe and the United States. It officially gained the recognition of a national breed in Czechoslovakia in 1982.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Personality and Behavior

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog or CSV is a one master-dog. They are fearless and can be very protective of their territory. Non-active people or first-time dog owners having non-spacious homes with children and other pets are should not have these dog. These dogs are quick, lively and highly active. They have a strong bonding with their master and its family. The dog can adjust well with the other domestic animals belonging to its owner. They get a little suspicious towards unknown animals and strangers. Start training the dogs from an early age to contain their aggressive behavior towards smaller animals after they reach adulthood. They do not get aggressive with any cause. Never leave the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog puppies isolated in a kennel and keep socializing them to make the dogs accustomed to different surroundings.  Female Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are more docile and easy to control.

These dogs have an incredible speed, sharp senses that help in finding trails and they qualify well for a watchdog. Braking is rare in this dogs and they consider it as a secondary means of communication. This may pose a difficulty for them to communicate with their family members. They mainly resort to other means of interactions like howling and growling. The CWD takes a little time to mature. Usually, they attain maturity at the age of 2 to 3 years.

Czech Wolfdog

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Quick Information/Description


Also called Československý Vlčiak(Slovakia), Československý Vlčák(Czech Republic), Slovak WolfdogCzech WolfdogCSWCSWDCSV
Coat Straight, double, dense
Colors Yellow, silver, gray
Group (of Breed) Herding Dog, Guard Dog, Companion Dog
Type Hybrid
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Weight Males: minimum 54 pounds; Females minimum 44 pounds
Height (size) Large; Males: minimum 26 inches; Females minimum 24 inches
Shedding Heavily (twice a year)
Temperament Loyal, social, brave, lively
Good with Children Usually
Good with other Pets Usually
Litter Size 4 to 8 puppies
Hypoallergenic No
Barking Yes
Country of Origin Czechoslovakia
Competitive Registration FCI, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, AKC/FSS

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Care

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Exercise

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is are highly energetic, mainly at the time of its puppyhood and young adolescence days. They require ample amount of exercise or they will show traits of restlessness. They need 45 minutes to an hour full of activities to meet their exercise requirement. Taking them out for a brisk walk, jogging, running and allowing them to play in open yards shall be ideal. These dogs do very well on giving some "meaningful jobs" to which they can devote themselves. To channelize their energy, activities like swimming, hiking, retrieving balls or playing flying discs will be ideal. They might have a prey drive towards small animals and to contain their chasing instinct, keep them in enclosed fences or yard.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Grooming

These dogs have a weather resistant coat and they can naturally clean themselves of mud and dirt. They shed twice in a year and you need to brush them daily at that time. Use a thick bristled brush to brush them. The dogs don't have any odor and seldom require bathing. The grooming requirement of these dogs is more at the time of cold weather. Clip their nails with a clipper or grinder regularly to restrict overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Check and clean their ears frequently to avoid a buildup of wax and debris for preventing ear infection. Brush their teeth on regular basis.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Medical Issues

This is relatively a new breed and the CWD is normally a hardy and healthy dog. You ask the breeder about the health issues they have witnessed in the dog's genetic line. The dog's large size might make it susceptible to issue like hip dysplasia. The other genetic issues that can trouble the dog are:

  • Lens luxation,
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)
  • Malnutrition
  • Pituitary dwarfism
  • Seizure disorder
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cardiac failure
  • Eye diseases


These dogs are not kennel types and you should not leave them alone in kennels. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog needs your complete attention and will require your help to socialize properly. Train them consistently with patience and firmness with a good amount of respect for them. The one master dogs require this type of training. Do not give them repetitive commands and tasks that can bore them easily. Start their obedience training right from the early age or they might show traits of stubbornness. Raising the dogs with other animals and pets will make them less aggressive towards them. On getting proper training, they can excel in various kinds of tasks.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Diet/Feeding

You don't have to give any special diet to these Wolfdogs. Feed them regular meals like any other regular dog. Meat should be base of the food of the dog's everyday diet (approximately 50 to 75 %).  You can feed the dogs granulated food, canned food, and other food supplements. It will be better to choose raw foods like raw meat and bones (BARF) for proper growth of the dogs.

Feed the puppies below eight months of age three times a day. You can give them two serving on the after they grow a bit. Do not stick to any single type of food that might create a nutritional imbalance in this high-energy dog. Try some variations like raw lamb, pork, chicken backs or wings, and marrow bones. Giving it a bone per day will help in nourishing its teeth clean. Serve them with organ meats like organ meats liver, kidneys, heart about one time in a week. These dogs can be fed raw veggies, ripe fruits, brown rice, and potatoes too.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Interesting Facts

The CWD has a striking ‘facial mask’, which is common to most wolf-like breeds.

It is on the list of ‘Dangerous Wild Animals’ in the UK and the people need to get permission from the local council to keep this dog.

These wolfdogs have the ability to go without food for 2 to 3 days like the wolves.

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog got the official recognition of a national breed in Czechoslovakia in the year 1982.

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