The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog originated as an experiment in 1955 in the former Czech Republic. The breed was created by breeding a German Shepherd with a Carpathian Wolf, in attempts to create a “wolfdog” which blended the qualities of a dog and a wolf.
The breed looks the part. The build of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, as well as its hair are wolf-like. The color of its coat is gray, with either a yellow or silver tint and a light mask. Its hair is straight and thick. The breed stands over 23.5 inches tall. It is barrel-shaped with a slightly sloped back and out-turned paws. Its eyes are amber and its ears are short upright triangles.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is an active and playful breed. It is an excellent companion breed, developing relationships with every member of the family. It can be socialized in order to get along with other household pets; however difficulty might be experienced when it is faced with a strange animal. Socialization and training are necessary for aggressive behavior to be avoided. The breed can be trained fairly easily as long as there is a motivator, and as long as things don’t get too redundant. The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog communicates with its owner differently than most dogs; it typically does not bark but uses other means of expression since barking is unnatural for them.
In 2002, the breed was introduced in the U.K. Since then, despite registration, it has been classified as a dangerous wild animal, and now Czechoslovakian Wolfdog ownership in the UK remains a debated topic.