Quo vadis Czechoslovakian Wolfdog?
Since 1999 I observe breeding activities in Germany- ever since I was looking
for a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. And it was quite easy because there was only a
handful of breeders in Germany.
First information of this breed I found on the Internet. I had the opportunity to get in touch with Breeder and Owner in the Eastern European Countries.
Many people give me detailed und honest information. I was fascinated by the
wolfish Inheritance mixed with sportiest appearance. I though these dogs will
be healthy and persistent.
I thought because of their German-Shepard blood they would be easy to train
and to handle. Some people said yes, that’s true, some people were saying no,
they are not.
Anyway I felt in love with this breed.
For many years I had the opportunity to meet people with their wolfdog from
the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and other Countries.
We are visiting meetings everywhere in Europe. We took part in Training camps
and competitions in the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, and Poland. We visited exhibitions and special dog shows to see the breed.
At competitions and bonitations can learn a lot about dogs and their kennels.
At a bonitation the dogs get measured and the proportions of the dog are
checked. Furthermore the is a test which should show the character of the dog. This means at a bonitation you can get a better picture of the dog as at an exhibition. And it is great to meet people and see the differences of the dogs.
And now, after knowing so many dogs I do not want to see them at exhibitions
but a training and working. I want to know what you can do with this dog. How
he works and how he behaves everyday.
It is not the beautiful appearance that matters but the working attitude.
Which differences are between dogs from different countries? Are there any?
The answer is yes and No. Upbringing, Handling and breeding of wolfdogs are
Slowly the differences of the wolfsdogs are getting clearer. And in fact there
are differences in each country.
How do are the handled in different countries? How do they work with their
dogs? And what are the differences?
I have seen very professional dogs and owners/breeder. Dogs having a good
working attitude and reliable, hard working dogs in various areas such as
protection work, tracking, agility and obedience. On the other hand I have
seen people who where not able to train the dogs with basic commands. I have
seen dogs, being so fearful that they could not be in a crowd of people and
they were not able to do anything but trying to get away. And their owner were
not able to make their dog feel comfortable.
But in each country are frightened and self-confident dogs. The conditions
where the dogs are brought up do not vary very much. What makes the difference then?
The answer is simple but extensively: The breeding makes the difference!
In general there is no certain country with good or bad dogs. There are
certain breeder. They have different dogs and different goals. Many of the
dogs were breed for working. These selections were made for many years.
Breeders still have this kind of dogs and some still breed for working dogs.
Other are trying to breed good looking, beautiful dogs and the character does
Distinguishing marks are different breeding regulations in each country.
In Slovakia and the Czech Republic you need:
1. Two Exhibitions
2. Hip Dysphasia -x-ray result
3. Endurance Test 40 km in given time
4. bonitation with character test
In Germany you need 1 & 2 plus an eye examination. Character and working
quality does not matter.
The breeding regulations influence the breed very much. For a continuing
success and a developing structure we need to start at these regulations. If
these differ from country to country there will be different dogs as well.
It is interesting that more than 50% of all off-springs in Germany are coming
from dogs which would not pass the bonitation or are not allowed for breeding
in the origin countries because they are excluded from breeding because of
faults. This is possible because of different regulations.
What are the Consequences for the breed?
There is no set-of and developing of the breed.
Most important: the capacity of a working breed is getting lost
Every German Shepard has to attend exhibitions, a 20 km endurance run, and a
IPO exam before he is allowed to be a stud dog. Almost any sheep- and cattle
dog breeds, in the same class of the FCI, have to pass working exams before
they get the breeding permission.
Any Labrador Retriever is working harder to be a stud dog as any CSV. But both
of them are working dogs. Here is a little reminder for you form the breed
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Lively, very active, capable of endurance, docile
with quick reactions. Fearless and courageous. Suspicious. Shows tremendous
loyalty towards his master. Resistent to weather conditions. Versatile in
Now it is on you. If you want a dog for working and for fun, which are healthy
and have lots of power you should make sure, that the dogs proved their
ability on working events and not only on shows.
The alternative: There will be a show line in Germany with dogs which attend
shows only and do not have any working ability anymore. They do not match the
I have seen a dog failing the character test – The comment of the owner was:
The dog has a bad day. For a working-breed which is able to safe lives and
which have to be trustful I think this comment is alarming and anxious.
Actually for sport I would definitely look for a different breed, but for
civil defence or search and rescue they are pretty good. Well, they might not
pass the obedience parts of the exam with highest points- but they work good
in real situations.
Who is he perfect CSV-Owner?
For me it is someone who has a lot of time for his dog(s), loves them for the
attitude, or because of the attitude. He works with the dogs and has fun with
the dogs. He knows the good and bad points of the dogs, but likes him for his and want to keep the dog forever.
Who ist he perfect CSV-Breeder?
For me it is one who has a lot of time for me and my questions. Someone who
has a lot of time for the dogs. Someone open and honest, telling me fault and
distinguishing marks. Someone who has a goal in breeding. This does not mean
maximum profit. Someone who is looking for the perfect partner. Someone who
brings out great puppies and improving the breed.
What it the true/ideal CSV? For me it is pretty easy. It is a healthy,
self-confident dog, matching the standard, with all faults and preferences.
There is no perfect dog, but some are close.
Now it is your turn. What is a CSV for you? And how is he going to be in
Germany and the rest of the world?
Will we have Working dogs and Show dogs? Healthy, endurance Working dogs or
Will we take the valuation criteria from the origin countries and use these
for the breeding regulations?
Where are you going Czechoslovakian Wolfdog?