Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer Breed Summary
Active, Energetic, Intelligent, Friendly and Adaptable
The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer was created in the 1950s in an attempt to create a good all-round gundog that could not only track and point, but also retrieve on both land and water. The breeders achieved their goal, and the result was the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer. This dog is an excellent worker, and with their eagerness to please makes them an easy dog to train. This determined dog has the unending stamina to work long days and is suited more to country living as they need space to roam, and they do need a lot of exercise. This dog is not the type of canine to snooze on the porch; they have energy to burn. Without enough exercise, you will have one unhappy dog on your hands. But once they have gone for a run, or out on a hunt, they are a happy pooch and love to be with their family. In fact, they crave your company and will get anxious if left alone for long periods of time. The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer is not a dog you want to have time on their paws; behavioral problems will arise if they are not given a good work out each day. They are a happy, friendly dog who is generally good with children although they can be boisterous, so they do need supervising around small ones.
|Kennel Club Group||Miscellaneous|
|Lifespan||9 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Male and Female 24in - 27in|
|Weight||Male and Female 50lb - 65lb|
|Coat||Wiry, Soft Coat|
|Color||Gray or Gray Roan|
|Eye color||Brown, Hazel|
|Common health issues||Hip Dysplasia|
With a whiskery face, deep warm eyes, and impressive size, the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer is an elegant, almost noble dog. They are known for being eager to please and adapt to training easily. Loyal and dedicated to their owner, they will do anything for a kind word or a pat. While they are usually a working dog, they can adapt to being a family companion as long as the family is active. This dog is not a couch potato unless they have just spent six hours working on a hunt. They thrive on activity and have great stamina, and are comical buddies joining in the family games with gusto. This dog forges strong bonds with their master and family, and can fret and get anxiety attacks if left alone for too long. They are best in a country setting where they can run and explore but can adapt to living in an urban area as long as the house has a large yard and they get taken for a challenging run for an hour or so each day. A relative newcomer, this breed is not well known outside of their homeland, but they are a dog that has a wonderful nature and are hard working, too. Keeping this dog busy channels their energy in a positive way, and if trained and socialized from puppyhood, the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer can be a valuable, lovable companion or an accurate, busy and high achieving gundog.
The new breed of dog known as the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer arose around the mid 1950s in response to a need for a top gundog that was capable of multitasking in the field. In other words, hunters wanted a dog that could track, and then point when out hunting, and retrieve the prey once the hunter had dispatched it. This ability would mean hunters only needed the one dog, rather than several specialist dogs. Koloman Slimak took on the task of developing this special dog at the end of World War II. What he hoped to achieve was a dog breed that had great stamina to be out in the field with their owner, and a dog that could track, point and retrieve a wide range of prey from birds to deer. The Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer was created with the crossing of the German Wirehaired Pointer and the Czech Pointer or Cesky Fousek. At a later date, Weimaraner blood was added to the gene pool, which affected the color of the dog's coat, making it the icy Grey or the Grey Roan that it is today. The first of the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointers arrived in the UK in the late 1990s. More recently the addition of more Weimaraner, as well as Pudlepointer blood has been added to strengthen the breed. The result is a strong, vibrant, energetic dog with a great work ethic. They excel in an active environment either as a working dog for a gundog enthusiast, or as a sporting companion within a family environment. This dog thrives on activity and is better after a hard day’s work whether that be on a hunt, or as a running or cyclist companion.