As the name suggests, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a mixture of a German Shepherd (who already looks like a wolf) and an actual Carpathian wolf!
If you are looking for a breed that is intelligent and highly trainable, has the calm temperament of the German Shepherd and endurance and strength of a wolf, this might be the breed you were looking for.
However, this is a very specific breed and finding a healthy puppy with just the right temperament can be extremely hard.
So, to help you out in this complicated task, we’ve decided to write this in-depth guide, and give you an insight into the breed and what you need to know before you decide to buy a puppy.
And believe us, this is a serious breed and there is a lot you need to know before you let it live in your home, with your family.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before buying a puppy of any breed, there are some things you should be aware of. For example, you need to know if your budget allows you to make the purchase or not.
It would be a shame to fall in love with the breed first and then find out it’s too expensive for you, wouldn’t it?
What price are the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog puppies?
The average price range for a puppy of this breed, from a reputable, well-experienced breeder, starts at around $800 and goes up to $1500.
Of course, the higher end of the range is reserved for puppies that come with breeding rights, and for dog show champion bloodlines.
How to find reputable Czechoslovakian Wolfdog breeders?
You probably already know that finding a reputable breeder who stands behind his dog can be tricky. But, did you know that it doesn’t have to be complicated?
If you know what to pay attention to before buying the puppy, making the right choice can be a walk in a park, just like the ones you are going to have with your new companion.
Here’s what you should be focused on when talking to a breeder you potentially want to buy the puppy from.
Pay attention to how many different litters he has available at the same time.
If there are more than 3 or 4, you are probably looking at a puppy mill, in which the conditions are horrible as the pups aren’t treated properly and are almost in every case sick right from the start.
On the other hand, if there are only 1 or 2 available litters, the chances are higher that you are talking to a reputable breeder. But, you need to make sure he is not a backyard breeder.
The difference between a backyard breeder and a reputable one is that the first doesn’t have the needed breeding experience and that his pups come without a reassurance that they don’t carry any heritable genetic health issues.
A reputable breeder will test both parents and won’t breed them if both of them aren’t health cleared, for which he will have proof.
Also, a reputable breeder will know everything about the breed and offer you valuable insight into all that is related to taking proper care of your puppy.
A backyard breeder, on the other hand, won’t have such knowledge and will just look forward to taking your money and seeing your back.
So, now that you know what to pay attention to and which questions to ask, your chances of buying a high-quality, healthy puppy without any hidden health issues, are much higher.
Now, you can check out some of the lesser-known facts about the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog pups, and see if this is the breed you want to share your home with.
3 Little-known facts about the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog puppies
Here are 3 little-known facts about the puppies from this breed. Read them carefully as they can give you an insight into how living with one looks like.
- Despite their origin, they are quite calm
Even though they are half-wild wolves, they have inherited the German Shepherd’s calm nature and won’t attack or react unless they are told so.
Even while they are puppies, you will notice how they are more observers than action-takers when a certain situation happens.
- They can handle any kind of weather
For this, they have to thank their wolf origin. The Czech Wolfdogs will do great no matter the weather. Whether we are talking about a hot summer or a freezing blizzard in the winter, they can take it without a problem.
- They are resilient to most diseases
It’s true, these dogs don’t get sick! The thing you need to worry about is hip dysplasia, and that’s about it.
Physical Traits of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
We believe, considering the breed, that this is the part many of you were looking forward to. Let’s see how big these wolf dogs get, and how massive they are when fully-grown.
How big is a full-grown Czechoslovakian Wolfdog?
When it comes to their height, the male wolf dogs can grow up to 27 inches, while the females are slightly shorter, and can reach a height of 26 inches.
As for the weight range, again, the males are a bit bulkier and they can weigh some 54 pounds.
The females, on the other hand, are significantly lighter, and their full-grown weight goes around 44 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog?
Since this is a mixture of a dog and a wolf, the average lifespan is relatively long, and the Wolfdog can live from 13 to 17 years, assuming that you are feeding him properly and that he has enough exercise during his life.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
The Czechoslovak Wolfdog comes as a dog that is active, durable, lively, and with quick reactions if needed.
He is also suspicious of strangers but doesn’t attack if there’s no need. But, if the need arises, he becomes unbelievably courageous and fearless, and you wouldn’t want to be in his way when that happens.
But, when it comes to how they are with their owners, you can relax as they are extremely loyal.
However, you need to know that without proper leadership, these dogs can, and most like will become temperamental.
You should also know that training these dogs cannot be spontaneous as they need a purpose so that they become interested in the training.
In most cases, the problem arises when the owner (trainer) lacks the strong-mind and attitude of a leader.
In such cases, the Wolfdog simply loses respect and quickly becomes bored with the training and starts showing his dominance.
As for which disciplines, these dogs are good at, they are very versatile, but their strongest trait is following a trail and even “working” all night so that the scent doesn’t get “cold”.
This is why these dogs are excellent search and rescue material, as well as for sniffing out illegal and dangerous materials.
However, when it comes to training them to bark as a warning, sometimes you can have a problem.
Namely, these dogs have a much wider “vocabulary” than most other dog breeds, and in most cases, they find barking… well, primitive.
They have many other ways of letting their owner know something, and that is what you need to figure out on your own during the training.
Once you manage to establish a means of communication, the Wolfdog will respect you much more and see you as the true Alpha leader of the pack, and follow your every command.
All in all, training a Wolfdog takes plenty of patience and a smart approach.
If not done properly, they can become aggressive, but if everything in the training suits them, they will become faithful companions and even a great addition to any type of the family.
Though, they will always be suspicious of strangers, which makes them one of the best guard dogs in the world. To be honest, who would want to trespass with a wolf in the yard, right?
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Diet
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a big dog and needs a well-balanced diet.
The diet itself needs to have the right levels of proteins and nutrients, and it would be best if you talk about his nutritional needs with the breeder and the dog’s vet.
How much Exercise does a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog need?
Considering that this is an active dog, you have to be prepared for plenty of exercise and regular walks, each day.
The walks should last at least an hour, combined with an hour of exercise and training in a dog park.
The important thing to remember is that you should hold him on a close leash all the time, with you being slightly in front of him.
This way, the dog will see you as a leader and follow you, instead of leading the way himself, which is something you don’t want.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Health and Conditions
For most purebred breeds we say that they are generally healthy but come with certain health problems that are characteristic for them.
However, in the case of the Wolfdog, we can only say that they are unbelievably resilient to diseases and that they don’t get sick.
The only issue they might have is hip dysplasia, but that is a common problem for all big breed dogs.
And, we should also mention that these dogs are extremely weather-resistant and that you don’t have to worry that they will catch a cold or overheat during the summer.
A Good Guard Dog?
Although the relatively recent emergence of this breed means it’s still not the most obvious choice that first springs to mind when people imagine a guard dog, the truth is that the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is exceptionally well suited for this kind of work.
The resemblance to the wolf alone makes this dog an elegant friend, yet a formidable looking foe.
We human beings have a primal drive within us to remain a little on edge when suddenly confronting a wolf-shaped animal like this!
This means that even just knowing that such a majestic animal as the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog lives on your property is enough to keep wrongdoers at bay.
What’s more, there is no trade-off in having this pet as a guard dog versus a companion, because he or she will be a loyal friend to your family – who will see the softer side of his or her temperament.
As you might imagine, in looks alone, this dog is a fine deterrent – but this breed also has the senses and perceptiveness to back it up.
Bred to watch the perimeter, this dog has keen eyesight and can hear a pin drop with accuracy that even other dogs often can’t match.
Their sense of smell is likewise sharp, and they have strong instincts.
These are the strong, silent type of dog, but as a final warning shot, these dogs will also let loose a booming bark when protecting your property – one sure to turn even the most stone-hearted criminal into a coward with legs like jelly.
My final thoughts on the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
We have reached the end of this unusual breed guide.
With such a powerful combination of genes, it’s no wonder why these dogs are so strong, fearless, and true protectors.
But, the wolf side in them brings the problem with dominance, and you have to have a strong mind if you want to be considered by him as an Alpha leader of the pack.
However, this doesn’t mean they can’t be trained, on the contrary, they are extremely intelligent and respond exceptionally well to commands, you just need to find a mutual language with them so that everything can fall into place.
Once everything is as it should be, you will gain a loyal, passionate, and a fearless family member that will stop at nothing to keep you and your family, as well as your property safe, regardless of the actual danger he is facing
So, what do you think about the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog now that you know much more about him? Are you still interested in buying a puppy?
If your answer is yes, just remember what you learned in the part where we talk about choosing a reputable breeder.
And, we are happy if we helped you in making the right decision, as this is truly a remarkable and unique breed.
Thank you for reading our guide and feel free to share it on social media so that more people can hear about this breed and get to know it much better.
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- The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
- Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Diet
- The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog