Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer Info & Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer Breeders

Wirehaired Slovakian Pointers, also known as Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers, are a rare gundog breed from Slovakia. They make excellent gundogs and tracking dogs. They were bred in Slovakia to be like a Wirehaired Weimaraner using rare European breeds such as Cesky Fousek German Wirehaired Pointers and Pudel Pointers. They are super friendly and enthusiastic retrievers and love to swim and point and track. They love being around people and other dogs, are close workers and easy to train.


Main photo 'Simon' courtesy of Grausturm Kennels

Wirehaired Slovakian Pointers have a laid back and affectionate temperament. They are sociable dogs who will do best when fully integrated into the family. Generally happy to meet strangers and should get on fine with other pets - especially if raised with them. These are also very energetic dogs who will be restless and destructive if they don't get enough daily exercise.


Not for the faint hearted, the Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer is an active dog that needs constant exercise. It would suit an active family, but probably best if it can be taken to work with a family member if they have an outside job. It likes to be outside and given the chance to run around and be close to its owner. They are good with children and other dogs if socialised early on and are usually accepting of strangers, if they are used to visitors popping in.


Training should be started early as they are an intelligent breed and their natural ability to retrieve is evident from puppyhood. Using play, games and positive reinforcement for training is ideal; these are affectionate dogs and will want to please you. They dislike harsh words and can be quite sensitive at times, so consistent and kind training is the key. They do well in competitions such as obedience, agility and retrieval and this also has the added benefit of keeping them well exercised which some owners will struggle to do. Once they are walked, they are calm in the house and will happily curl up at your feet (or on your lap) and sleep. Recall is normally excellent once trained.


They need plenty of daily walks and the chance to burn off energy. A one to two hour walk a day should be sufficient, but they will take whatever you will give them. They will gladly trot along next to you on a bike or a jog and enjoy the close company. SWHPs are active and need to receive their walks. They easily become bored and can be destructive in the home if not worn out; a tired dog is a happy dog! They enjoy swimming and this is another good way to tire them out. It is worth remembering that this breed was bred to hunt, so only walk them in a safe area until they are well trained; if they spot something in the distance, they are more likely to stand and 'point' to it and less likely to give chase, but all dogs vary!


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Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers suffer few health issues, but sometimes suffer from allergies.  Life expectancy is from 9 to 15 years. 


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