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Picture definition of CsW standard

For the correct view on how should a CsW look like, I decided to bring in an image interpretation. At the pictures you can see how the wolfdogs look like and what are the desirable traits (after the grow phase, so after 3 - 4 year). On the part "defects", you can see how the exterior should not look like.

The following parts have been developed and interpreted by experts on standards Mrs. Soňa Bognárová and Mr. Oskar Dóra and I thank them for this efforts. Also, photos, ideas are based on informations obtained and shared to us by dedicated breeders. (photos from and Tawy kennel, Mrs. Bognárová presentation - these will be replaced with my own in shortest time).

Some words about Cs wolfdog exterior

To understand what are the standard typical proportions and what is not standard, we must compare the anatomy of the dog and wolf. The standard describes some parts of the body very little or vague and debatable,  therefore, we can see some differences reflected in the dogs. Even the translation into a foreign language can in one simple sentence imply something completely different.

I think almost every Czechoslovakian Wolfdog owner wants his dog to resemble a wolf. But perhaps only in exterior rather than the nature. The standard CSV clearly describes the wolf-like appearance, but in reality there can be two variants. Breeders often face a choice - to keep the "un" wolf genes (such as the nature of a working dog, ...) or choose to preserve them (wolf-like appearance). Not every full-blooded Cs wolfdog resembles a wolf. Either the appearance of the German Shepherd Dog (dog genes) or the wolf (wolf genes) may be expressed - or somewhere between dog and wolf. But both are foundations of the breed. Also, this may occur in nature. Some Cs wolfdogs are more easily handled in training, while another may be shy or complex in nature, taking after the wolf.

In Cs Wolfdogs, talking about working line and show line is impossible, although in some countries like Italy, breeding works on show lines. What is beautiful for shows has a high value... But in breeding of Cs wolfdogs, this is a very wrong approach. As breeders, we should not let there become a divide between character and beauty, but should always strive to combine these two things together with the fundamental element of health.

Atypical exteriors arise mainly by selecting mismatched pairs, genetically transmitted defects and susceptibility to them. These defects include black fur on the muzzle, nonstandard fur, often brown eyes, long ears and tail, loose flews, defects in the mask, the overall appearance of a dog, not wolfish... Some defects and errors are smaller, some larger, and it is clear that there is no perfect dog without any flaw.  Anyone who wants to find a flaw will find it even on the most beautiful dog. Also, even a dog who is beautiful in youth dog, can develop faults with age.

There is a significant difference in the exterior judging at a bonitation than at a dog show. A dog with worse bonitation code can win titles at show and vice versa, a dog can get a perfect bonitation, but never win a show.  At a dog show the main point is showing the dog itself, the presentation by its handlers.   Nothing is measured so the overall impression of the dog is more important. At the bonitation are important the subjective measured values, deviations, defects and errors, and these give the final mark. Interpretations presented here should be the summary information about how the ideal body looks.

In this presentation, the photos are only intended to illustrate a specific discussed fault.  The dog may actually have more faults.  But for the sake of discussion, however, please note only that which is relevant to the section.  Photography often creates faults in animals which it normally does not have. Photos only capture a specific moment in time, so please keep in mind the fact that in reality the dog may not carry the fault to a significant level (or at all). I do not want to attack any dog or owner by using various dogs here! Faults here are selected on the basis of published information from bonitations, or a fault is present in a photograph.

Carpathian wolf. Ideal exterior of Czechoslovakian wolfdog. The goal in breeding. As Mr.Hartl sayd: "Who want´s to know, how the czechoslovakian wolfdog should look like, should go in the ZOO and observe our wolves." Photo of wolves by Bobor


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