12–15 years old
Shepherd and cattle dogs
In the ancestors of the Slovak Chuvach, scientists have discovered a polar arctic wolf. A large strong beast with white hair lived in the Balkans, in the Alps, in the Tatras. By the way, another name for the breed is the Tatra Chuvach. It is outdated, this name was abandoned when the official breed standard was set in 1964.
“Chuvat” in Slovak means “to hear”. Delicate hearing and sense of smell are the distinguishing qualities of this breed. For several centuries in a row, these dogs have been fearless comrades of farmers, protecting herds of sheep from wild animals. The approach of a predator was quickly recognized by Slovak chuvaks. And today, acute hearing, combined with developed security abilities, makes the Slovak dude an excellent family “bodyguard”.
For centuries, these dogs were valued for their courage, they were the first to rush into battle with a bear or a wolf. If one of the owners needs protection, the dude will intercede without hesitation. He is ready to serve his family members all his life and will be happy to play with children, protect them, support pranks. However, it is important to explain to children that the patience of a big and kind dog should not be abused.
There are only two difficulties in raising this dog. The first is her distrust of outsiders. So that it does not turn into a problem, the puppy needs to begin to accustom people of different ages and gender to the society.
The second difficulty is that this dog was displayed as the true leader of the Otara, so its ability to quickly understand the team does not mean at all that it will immediately obey anyone. The training of Slovak Chuvach requires experience and perseverance.
The owners of the Slovak Chuvachi noticed that these dogs were lucky with health. The exception is a tendency to hip dysplasia. Therefore, the owner must check his pet for this disease since childhood.
Of course, the main thing that will occupy a place in the care schedule for a dog of this breed is weekly combing of wool. You also need to regularly bathe a pet. By the way, the inhabitants of the highlands have always chosen dogs with white hair it is easier to distinguish dogs from herds or wolves if they attack. Snow-white hair is another argument in favor of accustoming a puppy to water procedures.
The molting of the Slovak Chuvach is very active, but it happens only in spring and autumn. During this time, the dog should be thoroughly brushed every two days.
Conditions of detention
This dog is resistant to weather changes. The dense white coat of the Slovak Chuvach is designed to protect him from the piercing winds of the highlands. And in the rain his “fur coat” does not get wet.
Like many big dogs, the Slovak Chuvach feels much more comfortable in a country house than in a small apartment.
The owner must be prepared for the fact that this dog needs long, active walks. He should always have time and opportunity for long promenades at least twice a day.