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The breed
Standard pictures

Standard in pictures - character

Carpathian wolf. Ideal exterior of Czechoslovakian wolfdog. The goal in breeding. As Mr.Hartl sayd: "Who want´s to know, how the czechoslovakian wolfdog should look like, should go in the ZOO and observe our wolves."

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Character - temperament

The correct and standard nature of Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a very broad and controversial concept. Even in the development of the breed, crossbreeding of different subspecies combined strong fundamentals aspects of different temperaments.  In development of the breed, it was not only random German Shepherd Dogs and Carpathian wolves who were selected, but a strong emphasis was placed also their nature.  A well-trained and calm German Shepherd Dog was nearly killed by one of the original she-wolves. She chose a more aggressive mate...

Wolves themselves are shy animals.  In foundation, there were four wolves, of which there were 5 basic combinations with German Shepherd Dogs. Each one, like in appearance, was also an individual in temperament and nature. And this legacy carries on in the lines. We can state that each line carries not only the exterior properties but also the nature of the ancestors, which can be more or less influential. But there will always be individuals who have extreme types of temperaments.

It is one of the most important things when choosing any breed, that the owner must accept a breed’s inherent character.  Otherwise the breed is simply not a good fit for that owner, and he should look at another one. Not all wolfdogs are monsters. Not every dog is difficult to handle. Not all are extremists. But the nature of CS Wolfdogs can differ a lot, combined with intelligence, independence and agility.  A good owner is prepared for the various differences and accepting, accommodating, and encouraging of the dog’s inborn characteristics.

The standard says about CS wolfdogs: they are lively, very active, hardy, docile with quick reactions, fearless and courageous. To his master, he shows tremendous loyalty. Versatile.


Eliminating faults are aggressiveness or excessive shyness, or a deviation in nature. Dogs should be excluded if they have abnormalities in behavior.

In dog shows we often see shy dogs and dogs who growl at the judge. Regardless of interpretation, the essential fact, is that the CS Wolfdog can not attack, should not avoid contact or run away.  He must stand straight in position. Any dog which has a shy or aggressive reaction, should be excluded ... Should be. Often, we encounter the scenario in which the judge dismisses an aggressive dog, or a judge who "comments" on the dog’s quiet growling, but does not excuse a dog that is shy and panicking. In the case of a puppy or a novice dog, one may say that it causes by stress. But how is it possible that these reactions can be seen from adult dogs with X titles and championships?

Contrary to the standard, it appears that many breeders and judges prefer to show ‘peaceful’ animals, but many times they are bordering on a lethargy appearance, lacking of interest, or without a temperament. Such a CS wolfdog who is inactive is actually also not standard. The desire to have an obedient dog is one thing, but to suppress the desired character is another.  CS Wolfdogs are not a heavy moloss breed, with low activity, no temper. Some people even seek such dogs for mating, but this temperament better fits the nature for the Saarlooswolfhound breed. This breed is calm, kind, affectionate, sometimes very distant. But we are talking about Czechoslovakian Wolfdog – the only working wolfdog breed.

A sleepy nature is not the nature of a working breed that is described as active and lively. And so it is a negative thing to keep an individual who is easy to handle, but unsuitable for work. CS Wolfdogs are to be confident and  active, not the type of Saarloos. Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs have strong instincts and a strong personality. It is in their nature to trend towards same sex aggression.  A male with a male friend can only be in exceptional cases. It is not a case of aggression that must be suppressed by selection and choosing of dogs that are lethargic. CS Wolfdogs are pack animals and his family is considered the most important in the world. It is not devoted to others (or not everyone, is rather an exception). They accept them, but do not impose on them.

One can not judge the temperament of a CS Wolfdog based on a single incidence of “acting out” whether it is aggressive or shy by nature.  There are many factors to consider, for example, is it a CS Wolfdog who grew up in the owner’s garden closed whole day in a kennel, or is it a CS Wolfdog living in city in an apartment with a 5-member family?  Is it a dog who grew up with animals and other dogs, or is he just living with his owner?  The tests that are done at bonitations may only tell whether a dog has been prepared. Because the truth is, that the reaction of the dog during the test can be learned at any training course.  The measurements at bonitation are not pleasant, but the dog should stand still. The wicket may be the measure that resembles a stick, so that shy dogs may shrink, and the aggressive ones may growl and not allow measurement. How does one find the right mix of temperament and obedience? Personally, I think the ideal is to know the dog, his behave at home, in city and the like. The number of exams does not tell you more, than the owner goes to training place and works with the dog. But a easy to handle dog must not have exams, to be perfect.


When provoked and excited, the dog must respond.


After the excitement, is the dog calming down. Dog knows that this is a game and after game, there is no reason to attack the figurant anymore.

CS Wolfdogs are a breed, that is not aggressive by nature. Aggression always stems from something that happened in the life of the dog. Poor socialization is often the reason. Territorial aggression or dominance towards other dogs is not true aggression. In assessing the nature one needs to take into account all the factors that affected the dog. Even shy dog may not be shy by nature. It also could be a result of incorrect or poor socialization, and experiences at breeder’s house. Disorders of the nature can also be caused by some diseases ...

So how is a CS Wolfdog behaving? They are resistant, versatile, have great endurance, in exterior, wolfy and temperament full. They are very intelligent, courageous and have a strong character. They are a lively, active member of the family, not a shy or lifeless couch-potato.

Bonitation and the character on bonitation

First, it is necessary to write that in the following we will talk about Slovakian bonitations. In the measurement part of bonitation, judges also judge the nature and behavior. During whole bonitation points are "counted" and the evaluating committee creates from it a "picture" as to which category the dog belongs.

Evaluation of nature, on the bonitation in Slovakia, shows the letter O and one of the following letters:

a - melancholic - fearful

b - uncertain, not contacting

c - irritating - not brave

d - irritating - suspicious

e - choleric, highly irritating

f - sanguine - manageable, stable

g - sanguine - less brave

h - kindly - less irritating

i - hardly irritating

j - phlegmatic, not irritative

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a working dog, and therefore in its nature to be vigilant, to defend its territory, the owner. He has to defend, if necessary. Therefore, on the bonitation committee evaluate as the best of nature - Of - sanguine - manageable, stable, who does not show fear, by swing of figurant resists attack.