Country of OriginSlovakia
Nicknames and Other NamesSlovensky Hrubosrsky Stavac 
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupPointing Group
Bred ForPointing game
Recognized ByFCI, AKC
Life Span12-15 years
Ideal Weight50-65 (Male and Female)
Ideal HeightMale: 24.5-26.5 inches
Female: 22.5-26 inches
Fur TypeRough or broken coat, wiry hair
Common ColorsGray
MarkingsWhite markings
AvailabilityRarely available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToVizsla

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is a medium to the large-sized dog that is very hardworking and active. They were bred as an all-round gundog. They have very high stamina and could work all day without getting tired. Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is not much suited in an apartment as they will need a bigger space to perform their regular activities.

The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer has a sturdy appearance but is noble and elegant. They are slightly longer than they are tall with a muscular body. their shoulder is strong, the chest is deep and the neck is muscular. The eyes are either amber or blue in color. The coat is double with the outer coat that is wiry and straight.

Origin and History

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is not an ancient breed that was developed in the 1950s. It is originated in Czechoslovakia with the mix of the breeds like Weimaraner, German Wirehaired Pointer, and Cesky Fousek. Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer was bred to be an all-purpose gun dog that used to point, track and also retrieve in both land and water.

The first Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer was brought to the UK in the late 1990s. The United Kennel recognized this breed in 2006. However, the American Kennel Club has kept Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer in its Foundation Stock Service since 2018 (as of April 2019). It is the first step before full recognition of any breed.

Is Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer Child-Friendly?

The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is a friendly dog that gets along with children well. They are a lively and active dog that does not mind playing with lids all day long. However, due to their spirited nature, they might sometimes knock on the small children and hurt them. Therefore, proper supervision is necessary while letting them interact with each other.

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is child friendly
Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer with a baby boy.
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is lively, playful, and hardworking. They are a very active dog that loves to be engaged in some kind of activity most of the time. They love to be around people, helping them with their activities.

Behavior: Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is not for the owner who is not active. They have a high energy level and they need something to do with that energy. If they are kept at home without any activity, they might become anxious and show their destructive behavior by barking excessively and chewing on stuff.

Personality: Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer has a friendly personality that gets along with strangers and even other canine pets. They are warm around strangers and friends, but if they sense any strange behavior, they will bark to warn their owner. Therefore, they make a good watchdog.


Training Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is not a difficult job to do, as it is eager to please its master. It should be provided with sufficient exercise while training. Training should be started from an early age by using positive methods like treats and praises after the completion of every task. This will encourage them and keep them motivated. Establish firm leadership and never be harsh on them.


  • Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is known as one of the recent dog breeds that only dates back to the 1950s.
  • Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is known as Slovensky Hrubosrsky Stavac in its native country, Slovakia.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health Issues Cancer, Dental Problems, Hip Dysplasia,
Autoimmune Disorders, Discospondylitis,
Skin Disease, Epilepsy, Malocclusions
Hypoallergenic Yes
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 5%
Digestive Enzymes
Fish Oil

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer has a life expectancy of 12-15 years. During these years, it can suffer from the following diseases:

Hip Dysplasia: This condition expectancy in the large size dog. This usually affects the hip joints causing sharp pain on the back of the dog making it difficult to move from one place to another. It is also caused due to the undeveloped joints in the hip area. It is mainly caused by genetic components but it can also be influenced by environmental factors.

Dental problem: Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer may be prone to dental problems that include undershot and overshot jaws, missing teeth, etc. The problems like wrongly aligned teeth and also craniomandibular osteopathy can be seen which affects the bones of the skull. If these dental problems are seen, immediately take your dog to the vet.


Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is mainly acceptable in two colors and a marking which are:

  • Gray
  • Gray Roan
  • White marking


Cost: The average cost of the Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is between $800-$1000. It can go higher depending on the quality of the breeders.

Height and Size: The average height of the Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer is 24.5-26 inches and the average weight is between 50-65 lbs.

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