Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer is a relatively new breed of working dog to be recognised in the UK, and forms part of the popular gundog group.

Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer Breed Group

Gundog

Size of the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

Large

Colour Varieties of the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

This rarely seen and new breed in the UK is only recognised in one colour:

  • Grey

Country of Origin

Slovakia

Time of original development

Late 1950s

The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer’s uses through history

This breed was created to produce an efficient and strong hunt, point and retrieving working dog to retrieve game birds as well as small and large game including deer on the shoot.

It is believed to have created by mixing the Weimaraner, the German Wirehaired Pointer and Cesky Fousek. It only arrived in the U.K. in 1927 so a relatively new breed in this country.

Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer introduction and overview

The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer is a large, elegant gundog with a coarse, wiry medium length coat. The harsh protective double-coat is steely grey in colour. The dog has striking and expressive amber coloured eyes, similar in colouring to the Weimaraner that is believed to have been involved in the development of the breed that is known today. The breed has longer hair on it’s muzzle and eyebrows.

Like all gundogs, the SRHP has a higher than average level of intelligence than many other dogs making it an easy dog to train.

The SRHP is sadly reldom seen and has not proved as popular to prospective dog owners as other Pointers. There were 35 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in the UK in 2015, so hopefully this graceful and athletic dog will continue to grow in popularity.

Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

This fairly uncommon dog is reported to be a good family dog with a level-headed and gentle temperament. It is believed to be good with children, but due to its size may not be the ideal choice for families with very young children.

This breed has an instinctive natural strong nose, so care should be taken around smaller pets and socialistion skills and regular training should be introduced from a very early age.

Size and weight of the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

Height bitch 57-64cms

Height dog 62-68cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 25-35kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 25-35kgs

Exercise requirements of the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

High. The SRHP requires a minimum of 2 hours of exercise daily, ideally off the lead.This is a dog with plenty an impressive amount of stamina and endurance.It does not like being left alone for long periods. It is a large dog, that requires a great deal of living space to be truly happy. It is not suited to city or urban life.

Is the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, but any prospective owner must appreciate the very high exercise levels the dog requires. The large size of the SRHP may make this breed unsuitable for many family homes.

Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer coat length

The wiry coarse double coat provides protection against the elements the breed faced working on the field. The longer furnishings on the muzzle and eyebrows add to the character of this handsome dog.

Grooming requirements of the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

Low. The SRHP requires a gentle brush through with a soft slicker brush once or twice a week to remove dead and loose fur.

The longer muzzle hair should be kept clean, and free from deposits of food that may cling to it. Any matts should be gently teased out, and tugging and pulling should be avoided to avoid discomfort to your dog in this sensitive area.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection, especially important for frequent swimmers.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The SRHP sheds throughout the year and therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

The breed is generally fairly healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Bloat
  • Hip Dsyplasia

Average lifespan of the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of over 10 years.

Approximate Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer pedigree puppy price

Puppies are rarely available available, but expect to pay in the region of £700-£800. You may have to wait for available litters and be prepared to travel to find a puppy.

Estimating how much a Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 35kgs requires 402gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £9.00

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £10.00

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.