The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is a gundog breed that was developed in Slovakia after World War II. This breed is also known as the Slovak Pointing Griffon, Slovak Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and the Slovak Wirehaired Pointing Dog.
Some of these dogs have rougher, longer hair and are referred to as Slovak Rough-haired Pointers.
This breed has a nobleness in it’s lines and has moderate strength. The Slovak Rough-haired Pointer is a larger dog
Their coat is short to medium length and a shade between a tweedy gray-brown. This breed is able to work on the plains, in the woods, and in water. If it’s hunting it loves to search and retrieve. This Pointer is obedient and easy to train. They are affectionate and sincerely loyal to it’s handlers. This breed enjoys quality time and forming a strong bond to their owner.
The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer History
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers originated back in the late 1950s as a working dog. It is to believed that breeders created this dog by crossing German Wirehaired Pointers, Weimaraners, and the Cesky Fousek. This breed has minor genes from the German Wirehaired Pointer and Pudelpointer as well.
Where did the Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer Come From?
The Slovak Rough Haired Pointer originates from Slovakia and is relatively new breed by Koloman Slimak. The FCI accepted the Slovak Rough Haired Pointer in 1985 and categorized it as a Continental Pointing Dog. In 1977, this breed was first introduced in the United Kingdom and recognized in North American, North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, and the Malaysian Kennel Association.
What Were They Bred For?
Breeders developed the Slovak Rough Haired Pointer to be a hunting dog. The creator of this breed wanted a dog with a great stamina that can track, point, and retrieve in water or land. The creator wanted to have a working dog with a great stamina to hunt, point, and retrieve. He wanted to have a dog that is suitable to capture prey from birds and other small animals to deer.
AKC Org Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service (FSS)
Are They a Pure Breed?
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This Pointer has a rustic appearance with regular shape, strong legs, and a deep muzzle. It has large pendant ears. FCI developed the standard for this breed. The eyes of young Slovak Pointers may be “azure” or amber when adults. The Nose and eyelids are dark. Slovak Wirehaired Pointer has an intelligent and alert expression. The chest and Feet are white. The coat has both lighter and darker shades to the point of speckling.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer Size
The Males are 24-27 inches at the withers while the females are 22-25 inches tall.
Height measurements are always from the ground to the highest point of a dog’s shoulder blades. The withers is the highest point on a dogs shoulder-blades.
These dogs weight 50-65 pounds.
These dogs in general don’t shed a lot except during shedding season. During these seasons brush regularly until the are done shedding. Brushing is not needed as frequently during off seasons. Trim the toenails as needed (about once a month) and inspect their ears periodically for wax, debris, or irritation.
Do They Drool?
Best Climate for the Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer
These dogs prefer minimal to warm weather conditions. They do not have a thick enough coat to live in frigid climats.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers have a laid back affectionate, friendly, intelligent, gentle, kind, and active temperament. This breed loves to socialized and does well when fully integrated into the family. Love to play with kids and happy to meet strangers. Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer can get along with other pets, especially if they raised together.
How Easy are They to Train?
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is lively, happy, and eager to please. This breed a high energy, smart and they will easily get bored. Sometimes training can be difficult to this breed and handlers must consistent in training session, make it fun and too long. This breed needs to have solid discipline with boundaries. Harsh words must be avoided and physical punishment. Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is a hunting dogs and enjoyed hunting training but they don’t respond if they have choke collars.
Do They Tolerate Other Pets?
Slovakian Rough-haired Pointers are typically calm and friendly with other pets. However, this breed is protective of their territory and it would be better if training and proper socialization will starts at an early age.
Are They Good for Families?
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers are perfect for family dog for families with a lot of space. They are big and energetic. This breed is affectionate and generally loves playing with children. Supervision is needed for small children. Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer wants an active lifestyle, preferably in a rural environment.
Do They Have a Strong Prey Drive?
They have a high instinct of chasing and catching something. They can easily catch cats, squirrels, or any other small animals. It’s their natural ability and doesn’t mean that they aggressive.
Are They Social With Other People?
Slovakian Rough-haired Pointers love to socialize. They are happy being around people and other animals. This breed doesn’t like being left alone. Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer are one the best dogs for elderly people.
Is The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer Good for New Owners?
The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointers are very attentive to their owners and are great for someone that is very active. However they take a lot of attention and might not always be the best for new owners.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers are generally a healthy breed. Responsible breeders screen their breeding stock for health conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts. These dogs should not be exercised too hard or too long at a young age to prevent hip problems.
The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer Lifespan
They can live 12 to 15 years which is longer than average for dogs!
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is a generally healthy breed but their are certain health issues may occur as they grow old. You should check with your vet regularly for hip and eye issues. Some common issues to this breed are:
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Dental Problems
- Eye Problems
- Hip Dysplasia
- Idiopathic Epilepsy
- Skin Diseases
- Westie Jaw.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers need constant exercise. This breed is a great companion to hike, bicycle and to jog. This breed loves to run freely. Keep them leashed while exercising to keep them from chasing other animals.