In the late 70s of the XX century the Czechoslovakian Academy of Science started to curtail the medical projects with participation of the Czech Spotted Dog. Gradually it aroused interest of individual breeders. Unfortunately due to some administrative impediments majority of the 40 breed members simply passed away. Only several dogs were adopted by private breeders.
Initial passion to breed the Czech Spotted Dog quickly died out and the following decades of oblivion almost led it to extinction. But in the beginning of 90s several breed fanciers combined their efforts to save the breed. They found out that only few offspring of first lab dogs were of satisfied quality to be used in a breeding program. These were three dogs whose origin was confirmed by documents and three bitches without any documents (they were lost as they were frequently rehomed). These specimens became the foundation stock for resumed breeding.
Presently the long-term well being of the Czech Spotted Dog is no longer threated although it hasn’t yet gained recognition of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). It’s attributed to so-called national breeds and twenty local kennels are now engaged in its breeding. More specifically the Association of Czech Spotted Dog and the Kennel Club for Rare Breeds demonstrate active interest to its fate by maintaining its number and popularising it. In its homeland the Czech Spotted Dog is prized as an ultimate canine companion, friendly, undemanding and even-tempered.
As the majority of breeds the Czech Spotted Dog tends to manifest distrust and aloofness by the first meeting with an unfamiliar person. However it’s able to quickly discern the difference between a foe and a friend and will be glad to acquire a new playmate. With its alertness and well-developed protective instinct it can be turned into a dependable watchdog. This breed will never allow an ill-intended person to trespass its territory so it can perform effectively the work of a property guardian.
The Czech Spotted Dog has few issues with other dogs and will be glad to share its existence with one or several of other canines. It’s essential though that initial introduction of two strange dogs was performed under supervision of their masters. The breed inherited substantial part of hunting instinct from its sporting ancestors so sometimes it just can’t resist a good chase. Nonetheless it commonly gets along with an individual home cat with which it has been brought up since a young age.
• patellar luxation;
• canine hip dysplasia.
Other than that this breed needs fairly standard care, which includes monthly trimming of its nails and cleaning its ears if they look dirty. It should be bathed only when it’s absolutely necessary.
This docile dog can be taught very advanced tricks if its training is accompanied with its favourite treats and plentiful of verbal praise. Negative reinforcement won’t bring desirable success in the work with the Czech Spotted Dog and will only cause defiant behaviour, which is untypical for this good-natured breed.
Once its exercise need has been properly met it’s prone to become somewhat lazy indoors and will occupy your couch for hours on end. Remember that an under exercised dog can demonstrate such nasty behavioural patterns as excessive barking, destructiveness and over excitability.