The Slovenský Kopov, also known as the Slovakian Hound or the Slovakian Black Hound, is a breed of dog originating in Slovakia, primarily used for hunting wild boar. It is a scent hound breed, highly regarded for its tracking abilities. The Slovenský Kopov is one of the oldest Slovakian breeds, whose history dates back to the middle ages, and some records suggest that similar breeds have been present in the region since the 9th century. It was officially recognized in the mid-20th century and since then has remained a popular choice for hunting in Europe. These dogs were specifically bred for their hunting skills, especially tracking, and have been used mainly for this purpose throughout their history.
Slovensky Kopov Slovakian Hounds are known to be generally healthy dogs. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following specific conditions that can affect many dog breeds: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.
Known for their high energy and tenacity, Slovenský Kopovs are spirited dogs with a great deal of stamina. They are intelligent and trainable, with a keen instinct for tracking. They tend to be loyal to their family but may be wary of strangers. Despite their hunting background, they can adapt to family life but require regular exercise to stay happy and healthy.
The Slovenský Kopov is Slovakia's national breed and is highly regarded in the country for its hunting abilities.
The breed is known for its distinct barking style called ‘baying’ which they use when they've located prey during a hunt.
Despite being a relatively small breed compared to other hunting dogs, their exceptional endurance and determination make them excellent at pursuing game over long distances.