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  • Temperament: Smart, Energetic, Outgoing
  • Height: 24.5-26.5 inches (male), 22.5-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50-65 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer laying down outdoors in the fall.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer head portrait outdoors.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer running in a field.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer standing in profile.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer swimming in a pool holding a dummy.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer laying down in the grass.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer sitting in three-quarter view.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer holding a bird in its mouth.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer retrieving a dummy in a field.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer laying down.
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About the Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer

The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is a dog of moderate strength and working type, but with nobleness in his lines. The basic color of the coat is called “grey” and the hair is harsh (hard). He must be fit and able to work on the plain, in the woods, and in the water, and especially after the shooting, searching and retrieving of wounded game. He is obedient and easy to train.

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer puppies playing in a field.
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Find a Puppy: Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer

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Care

NUTRITION

All high-energy sporting breeds require a nutrient-dense diet when they are working. This food is very different from the food they will need as a puppy, or as a sedentary pet, or at various other stages of life. Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers are very food oriented, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level.

GROOMING

The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer requires only minimal grooming to maintain their good condition. Wiping them down with a damp cloth is usually sufficient in between baths. Using a grooming mitt or shedding knife on their coat during shedding season can help keep down the amount of hair they shed in your home. Toenails should be trimmed every four weeks. A dental care regimen should be begun at an early age to avoid issues later in life.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Occasional Bath/Brush

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Occasional

EXERCISE

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers are happiest doing things with their owner. This makes the breed a great candidate as a canine partner for owners who love to hike, bike, or jog. It is imperative that they have opportunities to run freely—preferably in a securely-fenced area, as their hunting instinct is very strong, and the dog will not be able to resist the urge to pursue prey.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Energetic

TRAINING

The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is lively, happy, and eager to please. They have a lot of energy and are very smart but get bored easily. This can sometimes make training a bit difficult, and you must work to keep training sessions fun, interesting, and not too long. They need a firm and consistent hand in discipline with structure and boundaries. Harsh words or physical punishment should be avoided. They have a strong bond with their families, and can develop separation anxiety without proper conditioning.

Trainability

May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Independent

Temperament/Demeanor

Aloof/Wary
Outgoing
Outgoing

HEALTH

The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is a generally healthy breed, and responsible breeders screen their breeding stock for health conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts.

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer fetching a dummy in a field.
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Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer in the forest.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer puppies sleeping outdoors.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer head portrait in profile.

History

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers (Slovensky Hrubosrsty Stavac) are a relatively new breed to the states. Dating back to the late 1950s, the SWP originated in Czechoslovakia following World War II and is believed to have been developed using the Weimaraner, German Wirehaired Pointer, and Cesky Fousek.

Did You Know?

Three new breeds were added to the Foundation Stock Service Program in May 2018: the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, the Romanian Mioritic Sheepdog, and the Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer.

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Gray Check Mark For Standard Color 100

Markings

Description Standard Markings Registration Code
White Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 014
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