10-14 years old
Hounds and related breeds
As can be understood from the name of the breed, the birthplace of these dogs is Slovakia. The first representatives appeared in the mountainous regions of this country, where they were used not only for hunting, but also as watchmen.
It is very difficult to say with certainty when exactly the Slovak cop appeared, the first mention of this breed dates back to the Middle Ages. But, since they began to monitor the purity of the breed in Slovakia only after the First World War, there is no exact information. Many cynologists agree that the ancestors of this dog were Celtic Bracci. In addition, judging by appearance, it seems that the Slovak cop is a close relative of the Polish hound. Some cynologists believe that this breed was bred by crossing the Balkan and Transylvanian hounds with the Czech Fousek. The excellent ability of cops to go on both hot and cold trails has made them indispensable assistants in hunting big game for example, wild boars.
Description of the breed
Outwardly, the Slovak cop has all the characteristic features of hounds. The slightly elongated body looks light, but this fragility is deceptive: the Slovak cop is a strong and agile dog. A medium-sized head with an elongated muzzle and a black nose is crowned with hanging long ears.
The coat of the Slovak cop is very hard, close to the body. Average length. At the same time, it is longer on the back and tail than on the paws or head. The color of the breed is characteristic black with red or reddish tan marks.
The Slovak Kopov is a very brave and hardy dog with a phenomenal flair. At the same time, the breed is distinguished by amazing perseverance: a dog on the trail can drive the beast for hours, perfectly orienting itself in the surrounding space.
The nature of the cops is lively and independent. The dog is very devoted to the owner and will be an excellent watchman, but the main instinct is still hunting, so it will not be able to become a companion pet for cops. Some independence inherent in these dogs forces the owner to be persistent in training, otherwise the character of the pet may become too independent.
Caring for the ears and eyes of the Slovak cop does not require any serious skills from the owner. The same thing with wool: once every three days it is recommended to comb the dog with a special brush, and during molting it is better to do this every day. Bathing a pet should be no more than once every three months, but after long walks, it is necessary to wipe the paws and wool on the stomach.
Slovak cops need daily exercise keeping a hound indoors is very harmful. It is necessary to walk with a dog of this breed at least twice a day, preferably for an hour or more.
Conditions of detention
Of course, a country house with a large fenced area will be an ideal place to keep a Slovak cop, but the dog will also feel good in an apartment.
This breed is amazingly friendly and welcoming to people. In the family, she will gladly share the games of children or keep company on hikes in the forest. But still, we must not forget that, first of all, the Slovak cop is a hunting dog. Leaving a pet without hunting down game and the excitement of chasing is simply ruining an animal that will lose its characteristic features over time. Kopova must be used on the hunt, and as often as possible.