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Living with a  Czechoslovakian Vlcak

      Czechoslovakian Vlcaks are the most primitive breed of dog on the planet.   

 Primitive canines, Those with a close lineage to the wild ancestor' are inclined to be more reactive, sensitive, highly selective, social climbers, Very intelligent, Self thinkers, Have superior eyesight, hearing, and olfactory senses. and mental capacities that continue to evolve thru out the life span of the canine.

       Vlcaks do not always see you the human as a superior being, you will need to earn the respect of the Vlcak to retain top position. As a self thinker, some days they are very motivated to listen and obey commands on other days they will seem as if they have not learned or know any commands, They dislike repetitious type exercises so obedience titles can be hard to come by depending on the dog and the day.  

They will decide when and if it is a good time to do an activity and when they are finished doing an activity most often it is not when you are ready. Most will not find the typical doggy games like playing fetch to be entertaining once they reach adulthood. They instead greatly enjoy games of chase and hide and seek. 

 

     Vlcaks like all animals are unique each with it's own personality, temperament, and quirks. Vlcaks will not grow to suit the way you live. You will have to grow to suit your vlcak.  

      Vlcaks are very loyal Velcro dogs, affectionate, love to be " right middle" of whatever you are doing and not in the nice I will lay beside you while you do an activity, they want to help 'You Do"  the activity.

They thrive on consistency and structure dislike and do not do well with change.

      Most are aloof with Strangers this can take on many forms. Some will be friendly and want to greet strangers then seem to grow bored with the new human after just a few minutes.  Some do not care to meet new people at all and will avoid them at all costs. Some will use a discerning approach and will pick and choose whom they wish to give a short greeting too, and then there are the few that seem to like most people and enjoy being in the company of humans well into adulthood, this type of Vlcak is not common.  Most vlcaks but not all start out as friendly towards people then progress to more aloof as they grow older and more discerning.

      Vlcaks love to be with the human pack and hate to be separated from them Separation anxiety is common within the breed. 'This can be very severe, we highly recommend crate training, and or a very secure jail like kennel not a big box store kennel.

     Vlcaks are Very energetic and have limitless reserves of energy which is very apparent during puppyhood. Young puppyhood is akin to having a Tasmanian devil they love and thrive on rough and tumble play they tear apart toys and beds furniture and any other thing they wish.  they enjoy showing how much they love you by mouthing you, 'A polite way of saying they bite' not to be aggressive nor should this be considered aggressive.', this mouthing is very common in most primitive canines.  They typically do more mouthing if they feel insecure, so after you have been away from home for more then a short time you can expect it to be worse for the next hour or two. This means that you will frequently have bite marks, scrape marks and or scabs from the mouthing this is not something that can be trained out it can be modified in some vlcaks in others it is just something you will have to endure some grow out of it with in the first year in others it lingers on for years in females it frequently turns into excessive licking/ kissing.

     Raising a vlcak puppy is, for the most part, a part to a full-time occupation. They require extensive trips out to different types of venues and exposure to every possible scenario you expect that your vlcak may endure during its lifetime. It is advisable for them to meet different people several times a week. These visits need to continue until the vlcak reaches maturity around 3 years of age

Young vlcaks should have daily exposure to playtime, walk time with mental exercises with the human.   You will need to do all three to sufficiently wear out a young vlcak. If the vlcak does not receive enough physical and mental stimulation they will find their own outlet which most often comes out in destructive, nonpositive ways, 

     Vlcaks can go thru very trying adolescents,  they may challenge you. it is common for an intelligent canine to want to push to see what they can get away with. It is common for an adolescent vlcak test to test pack dynamics if you have more then one canine of the same sex to see if there are weaknesses, 

With continued persistent training they grow out of this faze which may last 1 to 2 years.  This is the period that many Vlcaks are given up. people are not prepared nor do they understand this is normal behavior, there normally sweet friendly canine now at times has an attitude, very similar to a human teenager.  with the correct training, this is nothing to fear, you can work through it.

If you are not prepared to handle a potentially difficult rebellious vlcak teenager then you should not consider them as a potential pet.  

     We feel vlcaks are not a good placement for homes with young children,  most vlcaks don't care to be diligent and watchful around children and will often send them flying because they will run them over, jump up on them or just bump into them not watching what they are doing. They are very rough as puppies and young adults. much more so than other breeds. Vlcaks will consider children of the household pack members and treat them as such, they will loved get lots of affection, children are most often treated as siblings, they will naturally be protective over that same child once the vlcak is mature and not take kindly to other children playing aggressively with there child.  They should not be left alone with children.

    Vlcaks can be dog aggressive most commonly same-sex dog aggressive, They are not dog park dogs. They may be OK and enjoy playing at a dog park while young but as the vlcak ages, and is more discerning this becomes increasingly uncommon and we feel dangerous,  at some point they may have a conflict, even a small conflict with a powerful wolfdog will not end well for many reasons. 

     Because vlcaks communicate with a primitive canine language they are often misunderstood and or vise Versa. It is a common misconception that Huskies and malamutes communicate in a similar manner, they do not. Vlcaks communicate in a much more primitive manner and respond to very subtle clues that go unnoticed by most canines, they can do well with if raised with another canine of the opposite sex and in some situations a dog of the same sex, You will need to be diligent in picking the right puppy to fit into your home. 

 

     In our opinion, Vlcaks do not make good service animals. Vlcaks being a primitive canine will look to the pack leader for guidance, You are their rock their leader. Since Vlcaks have finely tuned hearing eyesight and sense of smell they often react to stimuli that other canines do not. Expecting them to be the well-trained animal required of a service animal is a tall order for a vlcak. Although we do believe that there might a vlcak that would be and or is a great service dog. We feel that the majority of the dogs in the breed do not meet nor would they be interested in doing that type of work. So we will not place a puppy as a service animal nor would we recommend a Vlcak as a service animal.  Many breeds are much better suited to be of service to the human.

    We believe the vlcak is not a good fit for most homes ,  but for those that have the time and patience to grow to understand and love their unique, primitive, intelligence and very often strange quirks you will be rewarded with the best canine you have ever had.