The breed of dog most similar to its origins, the wolf, is without a doubt the Czechoslovakian wolfdog. Obtained from the crossing a Carpathian wolf with a German shepherd and selecting the most sociable specimens to continue the descent of the breed.
Although it is a fashionable breed due to its appearance in the Alpha movie, the truth is that due to its characteristics it is not a recommended dog for most people. Let’s learn a little more about the breed and see the reasons.
Index of contents
- 1 Physical characteristics of the Czechoslovakian wolfdog
- 2 Czechoslovakian wolfdog character
- 3 What care does a Czechoslovakian wolfdog require?
- 4 Czechoslovakian wolfdog health
- 5 How do I know if my Chechoslovaco wolfdog is a pure breed?
Physical characteristics of the Czechoslovakian wolfdog
Of physical appearance similar to the wolf, it is a large breed. Athletic body covered with a medium-sized, thick coat of hair. The hair color is grayish in all its shades.
The mask will always be lighter than the color of the rest of the body. Light eyes, generally yellow. Its tail is strong and leafy, similar to that of a fox. Arguably it is physically how a German shepherd, but with the colors of a wolf.
|Height approx 65cm in males and 60 cm approx. in females|
|Weight of 26 kg approx. in males and 20 kg approx. in females|
|Medium-sized hair, very abundant with a wool undercoat. Light gray, dark gray, silver color|
|Strong and unsocial character|
|Strong health, no genetically inherited problems|
|Estimated life expectancy of 13 to 16 years|
Czechoslovakian wolfdog character
In spite of what we would like to expect from a companion dog, the Czech Wolfdog (PLC) has a very low social character, sometimes even destructive. Not a recommended dog for inexperienced people in dog training.
This breed has the temperament of the wolf, solitary, energetic and very intelligent. But not very social with humans and other animals. So if we finally decide to buy or adopt one, it is highly recommended to start socializing as a puppy.
It is not a recommended dog for families with children or affluent people, since requires a lot of encouragement and daily mental challenges to feel fulfilled, in addition to a great activity of physical exercise.
It does not get along well with other dogs or animals, so it is not the ideal pet to take it to a dog park (pipican) or to share a home with other pets.
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What care does a Czechoslovakian wolfdog require?
First of all, this breed requires a very experienced owner in the canine field, who knows how to solve unwanted behavioral problems and who is able to understand and accept the character of this breed.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (PLC) requires a lot of physical exercise on a daily basis, and we are not referring to four walks … but literally running at least one hour a day. And if possible, in the middle of nature since it is not an urban dog.
Due to its great intelligence we must also stimulate its mind, with intelligence games and / or tracking, since its sense of smell is much superior to that of most races.
Regarding his hair, he requires several weekly brushings to remove dead fur and avoid tangles, while removing dirt. Protecting it against parasites like fleas and ticks is also something we must do all year.
Feeding is perhaps the simplest and most complex part at the same time, since it does not easily accept commercial dog food. It prefers and by far the natural diet from fresh products, with quality meat proteins (BARF diet).
- Complete information on BARF feeding
Czechoslovakian wolfdog health
This breed does not present inherited genetic problems, so at general levels we can say that its health is very strong. Over the years your joints will suffer, so the use of chondroprotectors is highly recommended.
Among the possible health problems that can develop, the following stand out:
- Elbow dysplasia
It will be enough to keep your vaccines up to date and carry out periodic veterinary reviews to keep you healthy and protected against the main canine diseases.
How do I know if my Chechoslovaco wolfdog is a pure breed?
When buying or adopting a Czech wolfdog, you can request its pedigree certificate and that of its parents, to ensure its purity. In addition, the international cynological federation marks in its records breed standards.
You can also access Facebook groups related to the breed, where they can answer any questions you have regarding their care, temperament or place to buy a PLC.
- Czechoslovakian wolfdog friends on facebook
Or if you are looking to adopt / rescue a Czechoslovakian wolfdog, you can do it from the Chandrakant Sanctuary, dedicated to sheltering abandoned dogs of this breed:
- Chandrakant Sanctuary Page – PLC Sanctuary