Czechoslovakian Wolfdog


quest 6 months old 


Important Note: 

Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs currently being bred in the UK ARE NOT and WILL NEVER BE eligible for KC or FCI registration.  They cannot therefore be shown in the UK or Europe, nor can their offspring.  I was misled when I purchased my Csv and believed that the breed was close to being recognised and my girl would be eligible for registration - this just wasn't true and like most of the Csv's in the UK she will never be able to be registered nor will her progeny. 

There is a group applying to get imported dogs that are FCI registered accepted by the UK KC, so they can be registered on the Import Register to enable them to be shown in UK.   Eventually the offspring from these dogs will be eligible for UK KC registration - but this is an aim for the future.  

All Imported FCI registered Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs should be registered with the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (Vlcak) Breed Club of Great Britain in order to be included in the initial application to the Kennel Club.   UK bred dogs cannot be registered.   Therefore, if you are considering owning a CSv it would be best to get in touch with the above club who will be able to advise on how to go about finding a dog and how to import from Europe to the UK.

The club's website can be found here:  GB CSv Breed Club


Breed Standard

Standard F.C.I.


Former Czechoslovakian Republic

Working Dog.

Group 1 (Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs)
Section 1 (Sheepdogs with Working Trial)

In the year 1955 a biological experiment took place in the CSSR of that time, namely, the crossing of a German Shepherd Dog with a Carpathian wolf. The experiment established that the progeny of the mating of male dog to female wolf as well as that of male wolf to female dog, could be reared. The overwhelming majority of the products of these matings possessed the genetic requirements for continuation of breeding. In the year 1965, after the ending of the experiment, a plan for the breeding of this new breed was worked out. This was to combine the usable qualities of the wolf with the favourable qualities of the dog. In the year 1982, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, through the general committee of the breeder's associations of the CSSR of that time, was recognized as a national breed.

Firm type in constitution. Above average size with rectangular frame. In body shape, movement, coat texture, colour of coat and mask, similar to the wolf.

Length of body : Height at Withers : 10 : 9
Length of muzzle : Length of cranial region : 1 : 1.5.

Lively, active, tough, obedient with quick reactions, fearless and courageous. Shows tremendous loyalty towards his master. Resistant to weather conditions. Versatile in his uses.

Symmetrical, well muscled. Seen from the side and from above, it forms a blunt wedge. Sex should be unmistakable.

Seen from the side and from the front, the forehead is slightly arched. No marked frontal furrow. Occipital bone clearly visible.

Stop: Moderate.

Nose: Oval shape, black.
Muzzle: Clean, not broad, straight bridge of nose.
Lips: Tight fitting. No gap at corner of mouth. Rims of lips are black.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong and symmetrical. Well developed teeth, specially the canines. Scissor or pincer bite with 42 teeth according to the usual tooth formation. Regular teeth set.
Cheeks: Clean, sufficiently muscled, not markedly protruding.
Eyes: Small, slanting, amber coloured. Close fitting lids.
Ears: Pricked, thin, triangular, short (i.e. not longer than 1/6th of height at withers); the lateral point of the set on of the ears and the outer corner of the eyes are in a direct line. A vertical line from tip of ear would run close along the head.

Dry, well muscled. In repose forms an angle of up to 40 degrees to the horizontal. The neck must be sufficiently long for the nose to touch the ground effortlessly.

Topline: Flowing transition from neck to body. Sloping away slightly.
Withers: Well muscled, pronounced. Though pronounced, they must not interrupt the flow of the top line.
Back: Firm and straight.
Loins: Short, well muscled, not broad, sloping slightly.
Croup: Short, well muscled, not broad, falling away slightly.
Chest: Symmetrical, well muscled, roomy, pear shaped and narrowing towards the sternum. The depth of chest does not reach to the elbows. The point of the sternum does not extend beyond the shoulder joints.
Lower line and belly: Taut belly, tucked up. Slightly hollow in flanks.

Set on high, hanging straight down. When dog is excited, generally raised up in sickle shape.

FOREQUARTERS: The front legs are straight, clean, close together with slightly turned out feet.
Shoulders: The shoulder-blade is placed rather far forward, well muscled. It forms an angle of nearly 65 degrees to the horizontal.
Upper arm: Strongly muscled, forms an angle of 120 to 130 degrees to the shoulder-blade.
Elbows: Close fitting, turned neither in nor out, well defined, flexible. Upperarm and forearm form an angle of approximately 150 degrees.
Forearm: Long, clean and straight. The length of the forearm and pastern is 55% of height at withers.
Pastern joint: Solid, flexible.
Pastern: Long, forms an angle of at least 75 degrees to the ground. Lightly springy in movement.
Front feet: Large, turned slightly outwards. Longish arched toes and strong, dark nails. Well defined, elastic, dark pads.

Powerful. The hind legs stand parallel. An imaginary vertical line drawn from the point of the ischium, would run midway through the hock joint. Dew-claws not desirable and should be removed.
Upper thigh: Long, well muscled. Forms an angle of 80 degrees to the pelvis. The hip joint is sturdy and flexible.
Knee: Strong, flexible.
Lower thigh: Long, clean, well muscled. Forms an angle of about 130 degrees with the metatarsus.
Hock joint: Clean, solid, flexible.
Hocks: Long, clean. Position almost vertical to the ground.
Hind feet: Longish, arched toes with strong dark nails. Well defined pads.

Harmonious, light footed, ground covering trot in which the limbs skim over the ground as closely as possible. Head and neck incline to the horizontal. Pacing when walking.

Elastic, tight, without wrinkles, unpigmented.

MAKE UP OF COAT: Straight, close. Winter and summer coat differ greatly. In winter an immense undercoat together with the topcoat, forms a thick coat all over the body. It is necessary for the hair to cover the belly, the inside of the upper thigh, the scrotum, the inner part of the ears and the area between the toes. Well coated neck.


Yellowish-gray to silver-gray with a characteristic light mask. Light hair also on the underside of the neck and the forechest. Dark gray colour with mask is permissible.

Height at Withers:
Dogs at least 65 cm
Bitches at least 60 cm
Dogs at least 26 kg

Bitches at least 20 kg


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
- Heavy or light head.
- Flat forehead.
- Missing 2 PM1 or both M3 should not be considered as a fault. If additionally for missing two PM1 also one M3 is missing or for missing M3 also one PM1 is missing, it should be judged as a fault.
- Dark brown, black or different coloured eyes.
- Coarse ear. High or low set on of ear.
- Neck carried high in repose; low position of neck when standing.
- Unpronounced withers.
- Untypical topline.
- Long croup.
- Tail long, set on low and not carried correctly.
- Too little or too much angulation in forequarters.
- Weak pastern.
- Too little or too much angulation in hindquarters. Insufficient muscle.
- Barely pronounced mask.
- Short wavy movement.


- Aggressive or overly shy.
- Discrepancy in proportions.
- Faults in deportment and temperament.
- Untypical head.
- Missing teeth (beside 2 PM1 and M3, see § FAULTS). Irregular bite.
- Untypical shape and position of eye.
- Untypical set on and shape of ears.
- Dewlap.
- Strong slope in croup.
- Untypical ribcage.
- Tail untypical in set on and carriage.
- Faulty and untypical position of front legs.
- Stand -off and untypical coat.
- Colours other than those in the standard.
- Slack ligaments.
- Untypical movement.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B.: Male dogs must have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.




In my own opinion Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are very intelligent and benefit from obedience training.   They think for themselves and need mental stimulation to prevent boredom, otherwise they can be destructive.   They are very loyal to one person but tend to be aloof with strangers.   Whereas my NI crave human attention and are very much 'in your face' when visitors arrive, the csv will have a quick sniff, decide the visitor isn't of any consequence and will go to find something more interesting to do!   When meeting people out and about, my NI will lap up every bit of fuss and attention but the csv will tolerate being stroked, with a look that clearly says she is not getting anything out of it.  The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a very balanced dog, assessing every situation and taking things in its stride, providing it has been well socialised as a pup.   Intelligence and obedience are similar to that of the GSD.   They can be left alone for short periods but prefer the companionship of other similar dogs or humans.


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