czechoslovakian wolfhound breed information
common health issues
The Czechoslovakian Wolfhound, also known as the Československý vlčák, or CSV, was born of an experiment that began in 1955, when a male German Shepherd was crossed with a female Carpathian wolf. The intention was to create a breed with the temperament and trainability of the German Shepherd, and the strength, shape and stamina of the wolf. The resulting generations were used as border patrol dogs, but were later also used in search and rescue, schutzhund, tracking, herding, agility, obedience and drafting. The CSV became recognized as a national breed of Czechoslovakia in 1982.
Like many wolf-dog hybrids, the CSV looks very similar to her wolf ancestors, with the same lean build, pricked ears and thick coat. More independent than many other working breeds, the CSV is an excellent companion for active owners who enjoy spending time outdoors biking, running or hiking. She is extremely loyal to her family but can be aloof with strangers, so proper socialization and training is important. She is not an ideal choice for first-time dog owners, due largely to her strong-willed personality. This energetic dog also needs plenty of daily exercise to keep her out of trouble.
Wolf heritage aside, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses CSVs are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia; and digestive conditions such as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Czechoslovakian Wolfdog inherits her mom’s bad hips or her dad’s tummy troubles, you’re covered.