Czechoslovakian Vlcak

A.K.A. Československý vlčák (Czech), Československý vlčiak (Slovak), Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

Recognized by:  AKC (Foundation Stock Services), UKC (Herding Group), FCI (No. 332, Group 1, Section 1)

(Galomy Oak’s Aurora del Mango)
The Czechoslovakian vlcak breed was developed in communist Czechoslovakia (CSSR) in the 1950′s with the goal to produce a better German Shepherd for border patrol.  The government run program used 48 working line German Shepherds and 5 Carpathian wolves (now extinct in the wild) in an attempt to add the wolf’s endurance, strength, and physical build for border patrol.  While the project was considered completed in the 1960′s the breed was considered a top secret by the government until the early 1980′s  when they were officially recognized by the Czechoslovakian Kennel Club in 1982 and the breed quickly became the national breed of Czechoslovakia.  When the country split into two nations in 1989-1990 (Czech Republic and Slovakia) Slovakia (a.k.a. the Slovak Republic) retained stewardship over the breed standard while both nations retained country of origin status.

They are typically a little smaller than a German Shepherd.  Their most significant physical attribute is their very “wolfish” appearance that will make many people think they are a pure wolf.  They are a double coated breed (main coat and undercoat) for extra insulation but can also do well in warmer environments.

The vlcak has the intelligence of a border collie, the stamina of a husky, the speed of a greyhound, the strength of a German Shepherd, and the versatility of a Belgian Shepherd.  They can work all day and night with fewer breaks than the average dog.  Vlcaks, worldwide, have been used in many aspects of dog work from conformation showing, obedience trials, agility, tracking, schutzhund, police / military K9, search and rescue, herding, and even service dog work.

Their temperament isn’t for everyone.  They can be stand offish and aloof with strangers but very loyal to their pack but you need to earn their trust first.  Despite their versatility they do not make great guard dogs for they typically do not bark much and if a stranger breaks into the house they will not confront the individual unless they are cornered.  With their pack they are very loving and loyal and will work with them, even giving their pack alphas complete trust and follow commands with little question.

The vlcak is not a breed for everyone.  It is clearly not for dog beginners and even some “experts”.  A good home should have experience with working line German / Belgian shepherds, police or military K9s, wolf-hybrids, or other strong working / herding breeds (schutzhund breeds etc.).  Training is highly suggested for the breed as well as a lot of interaction (play, walks, etc.) with their pack.

Links:

The Czechoslovakian Club of America (AKC)

The United Czechoslovakian Vlcak Club (UKC)

This page is the courtesy of Casa del Mango and Galomy Oak kennels.

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