Slovakian Chuvach FCI Standard
The local people have been practicing farming in the mountainous regions of Slovakia for centuries. The Slovakian Chuvach was indispensable assistant in pastures and played an important role in prosperity of the Slovakian economy. Slovaks who dwelled in the highlands of the country have always been exempted from traditional forced labour. They were occupied by protecting their borders and were not obliged to pay a lot of taxes as they give away their famous white cheese instead of cash taxes.
These mountainous dwellers were always accompanied by their white dogs, which helped them in their guarding and herding duties. The Slovakian Chuvach has also effectively served as a good watchdog and faithful companion. The buyers of the farming products from the lowlands of Slovakia were enchanted by these sweet little puppies with gorgeous white fur and often brought them along to their homes. In the flat country the breed gradually became a symbol of prestige mostly because of its impressive appearance.
In the beginning of the XX century the Slovakian Chuvach experienced severe decline in its number for a number of reasons. Its popularity as a herding dog diminished alongside with the loss of the former significance of herding practices in Slovakia. Aftermath of the Second World War also worsened the position of the breed and back then it may be considered as virtually extinct.
The breed is owed its survival to Professor A. Hruza of the Brno School of Veterinary Medicine. He launched an extensive breeding program after World War II and established the «Golden Well» kennel, which produced enough high-quality litters to ensure the longevity of the Slovakian Chuvach in its native country. The written standard of the breed was set up in 1964 and it was granted an international recognition in 1969. This breed is quite popular in the Central Europe as a companion dog and has an approval of the United Kennel Club (UKC).
Its qualities as a protector can be compared to the Caucasian but it’s usually substantially less aggressive than the above-mentioned breed. The Slovakian Chuvach is predisposed to show a great deal of wariness in front of an unfamiliar person and it won’t allow to be petted by him/her. This vigilant animal has developed territorial instinct and it won’t back down from the confrontation if the situation has gone beyond control. That’s why it will become a first-rate guard dog without an unwelcomed tendency to be overaggressive. This breed also has the necessary features to become an exceptional watchdog, which will attentively and permanently scan the surroundings for the signs of possible danger.
The majority of the Slovakian Chuvachs are friendly creatures, which will be tolerable of home cats and other small animals if properly socialised with them. As far as strange dogs concerned this breed has mixed reputation. Certainly it won’t tolerate the violation of the borders of its territory and will fight to death in order to defend it. As a rule the Slovakian Chuvach behaves itself with appropriate manner with other canines especially if it has been communicating with them since the early age.
• canine hip dysplasia.
The Slovakian Chuvach sheds very intensely but fortunately it’s rather a seasonal shedder. Be prepared to more vigorous brushing during these periods in order to reduce the amount of hair on your carpets and clothing.
The training of this breed should be based on the principals of regularity, consistency and positive reinforcement. The Slovakian Chuvach will respond with open defiance or even aggression if you treat it unfairly or harshly during training session. The breed works best when stimulated with gentle voice and food incentives so be mindful of that in training process.
The Slovakian Chuvach that has no opportunity to release its excessive energy will most likely develop unwanted behavioural habits for instance chewing, being hyper active, destructing things, or peeing at home. Basically the breed is more advisable for families with active lifestyle, which won’t mind to include their dog in their outdoors activities.