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The breed
Standard pictures

Standard in pictures - topline

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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The back is part from the withers to the tail start. Its shape determines the position of the limbs, such as front and also the rear. Bad stand causes deflection, camber back and many other shortcomings. What we see often on shows like curved back is caused by a bad stand of dog. Topline is judged by stand and also moving, when trotting. Judged is also loose muscles at the back.

The topline should be straight. It is lower than the withers and is slightly tilted over the pelvis.

The back consists of three height levels: the center of the back, the withers plus one to two centimeters, the end minus one to two centimeters.

The chest is pear-shaped, the preferred depth up to the elbow joint (length of  hair not included in the measurement). The belly is tucked up.

The forechest should be steep.  The correct angle corresponds to the angle between the scapula and sternum.


Errors or defects include too tilted back, sway back, and un- pronounced withers.  A dog may appear to have these faults if it is stacked poorly  - it is important to stand the dog properly.  In the correct position, the hock is almost vertical to the ground. In dog shows and exhibitions, it is therefore advisable that the dog be stacked naturally (free stack), not too stretched out.

Flat withers. The topline is one level with no differences in 3 levels.

The opposite of flat withers. Significant withers (strangulated).

Sway back is when the back appears to have a dip or “U” instead of being level. It is often caused by an improper stack, if the legs are in incorrect positions for example if the front legs are placed too forward.  But in this photo, the dog is stacked correctly but still exhibits a sway back.


Unlike a sway back on the upper photos, the dogs in these photos have a high rear.  The hind legs lift the bottom too high above the withers - the bottom is rising, not sloping.


Sway back on a puppy caused by uneven growth of limbs. Also a high rear.

Big bottom slope. In this case, due to the unevenness of the surface.

Roach back - bent upwards.

Steep rear slope. The bottom slopes sharply down.