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Old 09-08-2012, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone provide me with any information regarding Czech dogs; temperament, trainability, physical characteristics, and do they make good family dogs.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I used to work at a PP training centre where he had about 45 Czech GSD's. I would say it's a mixed bag......some could be family pets, some couldn't, some where more trainable then others...some had good steady nerves, others didn't. How much of all that comes from how they were reared and trained in the Czech Republic (we got them at about 18 months - 3years) I don't know.

We had some nice dogs, but to be honest I didn't see anything that would make me rush out to buy a Czech dog...but that could also be the supplier we got them from.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There are very few all Czech dogs being bred or sold these days. The vast majority today are Czech/ West/ DDR dogs. There are still a few pockets that are breeding all Czech dogs, but even some of the most renowned Czech kennels are breeding dogs mixed with West working dogs.
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There are very few all Czech dogs being bred or sold these days. The vast majority today are Czech/ West/ DDR dogs. There are still a few pockets that are breeding all Czech dogs, but even some of the most renowned Czech kennels are breeding dogs mixed with West working dogs.
Cliff - do you see this as a positive or a negative?

I would think it would depend on the dog/line but do you think we are doing a dis-service to the GSD/Czech lines by doing this? Or do you think by mixing these particular lines together that we are "creating" something more closer to what the standard calls for?

Just curious since I own a Czech West DDR mixed female.
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I started mixing them almost 15years ago....I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think it was a positive. Most people were against this thinking at that time on all sides. But Czech lines are no different than any other, there comes a time when new genetics need to be used to keep genetic diversity. If not extremes will be the outcome, for a breed that was built around moderation.
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Great response Cliff.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have Czech / West German Show Line girl. With all the members of my household she is lovable and submissive. Also good with our cat and chihuahua.
She is very obedient, picks up new commands quickly. Has decent drive. My only issue with her is she is a tad reactive with strange dogs and people. That being said we got her at 5 months so did not socialize her from 8 weeks. I have seen major improvements already. I will also say the loyalty and engagement she offers me is second to no other dog I have had or worked with previously. That makes her a joy to work with.
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I have both a Czech dog (carrying some DDR) and a Czech x West German. I like them both. The straight Czech dog is a bit heavier built and more handler sensitive than the cross though both are pretty fearless and resilient otherwise. Both have good working drives. The cross is definitely a bit more "intellegent". Either way though I don't think comparing two dogs offers any type of generalization.

The cross is still only 13 months old and does have good bone so he will probably bulk some) but both have excellent temperaments, with ZERO dog agression (pretty dog neutral actually) and are fine around all kinds of people, though I would not be inclined to leave either one unsupervised with nothing to do.
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Mine is Czech/ East German, she is super smart, a lover with people, once in a while someone will set her off but if she is on the lead and meeting a person that I introduce her too she is happy, self confident and eager to greet! She is an awesome watch dog already, barks only when she needs too. I have four other dogs all under 15 pounds and they bark at everything. She does not. She will not even howl with them... yet anyway. She has a very high prey drive and goes nuts over any chase, hide and seek, the cat, rabbits, anything that moves...even horses but we are working on that. Her favorite game is the lunge whip game, where I drag it in circles, she will hold on command, and when I give her the command to go after it she will. She also loves tug and is quite strong at it. All this and she will be 5 months on the 26!

I got her at 10 weeks and have made it a point to socialize her by taking her everywhere with me. The horse shows are great full of people, horses and dogs.

I love her and sometimes just can't stop looking at her. She turns heads wherever she goes and most recently at a dog show GSD owners wanted to know her lines and she got lots of compliments.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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This is a great thread for me, as Grim is a Czech dog. My first, and I'm very eager to work with him! I look at his pics often... to me he's a def. head turner! It's also good to know who here has a Czech dog for later on if I had any specifics I wanted to know...although my breeder is great and has been a wealth of info. on the topic.
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