The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer, also known as the Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer and Slovak Wirehaired Pointer, is a versatile, medium to large-sized dog breed developed to work in a variety of terrains, including water, upland, and dense cover. The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer originated in Czechoslovakia, now the Slovak Republic and Czech Republic, in the mid-20th century. This breed was primarily developed by crossing the German Wirehaired Pointer, the Cesky Fousek, and the Weimaraner to create a rugged, versatile gundog that could work in a variety of environments and terrains. The breed was officially recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1983.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers are known to be generally healthy dogs, but as a larger breed they are at risk for developing orthopedic problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They may also be prone to eye disorders such as entropion or ectropion. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following specific conditions: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers are happiest when doing a job alongside their owners. They are intelligent, energetic, and versatile dogs that are capable of performing a variety of tasks. They are well-known for their excellent tracking and retrieving abilities. In the home, they are affectionate and loyal, making them good family pets. However, their high energy and work drive mean that they require a lot of physical and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers are natural swimmers, thanks to their water-repellent coat and well-webbed feet.
Despite their rugged appearance, these dogs are known to be very gentle and patient with children.
They are relatively rare outside their home countries of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.