Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
Breed Rating (4 Reviews)
The Slovak Rough Haired Pointer was first bred in the former Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) and is a new breed. They were developed during the 1960s and are thought to be a mixture of the Cesky Fousak, German Wirehaired Pointer, Weimaraner and possibly the Pudelpointer. This combination produced a working odg with good Hunt, Point and retrieve abilities. The SRHP was unheard of outside Czechoslovakia until the 1990s, after the country had split in two and the breed made its way to the UK.
This breed is certainly not for the more laid back owner. They require constant exercise and stimulation. They suit an active family, but it will probably be best if they can be taken to work with a family member who has an outside job. They love the outdoors and the chance to run around and explore. They are good with children and other dogs if socialsied early on. They can be shy of strangers at first but generally are accepting.
Training this breed needs to be started early on. They are an intelligent breed and their natural retrieve abilities start to show when they are still puppies. Integrating play and games into training sessions will work well. They love pleasing their owners and positive praise will also help the training process a lot. They can be sensitive to harsh words. The real key to success here is kind, consistent training. The breed performs well in agility, obedience and retrieval, this also keeps them active and reduces the risk of them getting bored once back at home. If they receive the exercise they require, the SRHP will be calm and relaxed in the house, happy to curl up by your feet and doze off. Recall, once trained, is excellent.
As mentioned above, this is a very active breed that will require plenty of daily walks and the chance to burn off some energy. A 1-2 hour walk should be enough, though they will let you know if they require more. They enjoy spending time with their owners and will happily trot alongside you as you cycle or jog. They can become bored very quickly if they don’t receive enough exercise. If bored they will partake in destructive behaviour, such as ripping up that favourite pillow of yours. A tired dog is a happy dog! Swimming is also a good way to tire them out and this breed seems to have a natural love for the water, so actually getting them into the water shouldn't be a problem. Remember that this breed was bred to hunt and will either chase or point at animals which they consider to be prey. Recall is good once trained, but if you are not 100% confident in it then use a leash or walk in a secure area.
Their coats are dense and will need regular brushing to remove any debris that they may pick up during their adventures. They are generally easy to keep clean.
Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers are chilled and affectionate dogs. They are sociable and will do best when fully integrated into the family. They are generally happy to meet strangers and tend to get on well with other pets too, especially if raised with them. They are energetic and may become restless and destructive if they don't get enough daily exercise.
These dogs suffer few ailments, although Canine Hip Dysplasia can be seen in some individuals, along with allergies.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 9 - 15 years
- Weight: 55 - 77 lbs
- Height: up to 27" (males) 25" (females)
- Rare: Yes
- Coat: Medium
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Country
- Minimum Home Size: Large House
- Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
- Breed Type: Gun Dog
- Size: Large
- Energy Level: Medium
- Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour