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History There have been written accounts about the Slovensky Cuvac as far back as the 17th century. When wolves gradually disappeared from the mountains in Europe and modern herding practices were started, the Slovensky Cuvac nearly became extinct. Fortunately, Dr. Antonin Hruza, from the Brno School of Veterinary Medicine, started a breeding program that aimed to re-establish the breed. He became successful, and in 1964, a written standard was approved.
In 1969, the Slovensky Cuvac became recognized internationally. Dogs of this breed are popular companions in Central Europe, but they are still relatively rare. These dogs have various talents, including guarding flock against predators, hunting big game, search and rescue, and border patrol.
Appearance These dogs are large and powerful. They have a neck that has the same length as their head, and they have a broad chest with well-sprung ribs. Their belly is slightly sunken in. The muzzle of these dogs is long, and leads to their prominent black nose. The thighs and hips of these dogs are muscular. Their front legs are muscular and straight. They have a long tail that is held down; it also has very bushy, dense hair. These dogs have a double layer coat, with a dense undercoat and a thick outer coat.
Colours The only acceptable colour for the coat of these dogs is pure white.
Temperament The Slovensky Cuvac is a calm and powerful flock guardian. These dogs are fearless and courageous when it comes to defending their pack and their territory. When it comes to dealing with their family members, these dogs are very affectionate. When faced with strangers, though, they are very reserved, and even suspicious. These dogs get along well with children that are part of their own family. They guard their family well, particularly the children. They can, however, be very stubborn and independent, traits that can be overcome with proper training. The Slovensky Cuvac is not a breed for everyone, though, because they need owners who can train them properly.
Weight The height of these dogs is approximately 22 to 27 1/2 inches, and their weight is around 66 to 99 pounds.
Problems There are no genetic health problems associated with this breed. The ailments affecting the Slovensky Cuvac are those affecting other breeds as well.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They will do best in a ranch or farm, where they can be given a job to do. They will, however, do well with at least a large yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.
Requirements Dogs of this breed need vigorous exercise on a daily basis. When they aren't being used as flock guardians, these dogs should be taken out on long, brisk walks or jogs. When not given enough exercise, the Slovensky Cuvac can develop various behavior problems.
Training Requirements Although highly intelligent, the Slovensky Cuvac can also be very stubborn and independent. Dogs of this breed need to have owners who know how to display strong leadership skills. Otherwise, these dogs will try to exert their dominance over humans. It is very important that owners are able to make these dogs see that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. Owners should also train these dogs with firmness, consistency, fairness, and respect. These dogs should also be trained for obedience at a young age.
Life Expectancy When properly taken care of the Slovensky Cuvac can live for approximately 11 to 13 years.
Grooming These dogs are heavy shedders. It's important that their coat is brushed vigorously and frequently to get rid of loose and dead hairs. During the spring season, these dogs should be bathed.
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