The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer Club (Provisional)

THE SLOVAKIAN ROUGH HAIRED POINTER

(Slovensky Hrubosrsty Stavac)

History

Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers (Slovensky Hrubosrsty Stavac) are a relatively new breed to these shores. Dating back to the late 1950's, the SRHP originated in Czechoslovakia following World War II and is believed to have been developed using the Weimaraner, German Wirehaired Pointer and Cesky Fousek.

Following the break up of Czechoslovakia into the the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993 it was only a few years after that the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers arrived in the UK.  The Kennel Club added the breed to the Imported Breed Register where the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer is classified as a member of the hunt, point, retrieve gundog sub-group and since 1st December 2008 a breed standard has been approved by the Kennel Club.   The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer may now be shown in the UK in the AV Import Register.

Characteristics

The result of careful selective breeding was an all purpose working dog that has an attractive rough coat with the  distinctive colouring reminiscent of its Weimaraner ancestor. However, there are variations in coat, ranging from almost smooth to very furry which may require some maintenance.  Since their origin, The Breed Council in Slovakia was granted permission by the FCI to introduce a Pudlepointer and more recently a Weimaraner to increase the genetic pool. Although a charming looking dog it is important to remember that these dogs are bred to hunt and work all day and have lots of working ability. In Slovakia no registered dog can be bred from without having passed hunting tests and the majority of our UK bred dogs are the result of direct imports - this is no couch potato!

They are an affectionate dog and fit in well to a home environment but are lively and need their energy to be positively channelled.  Like all of the HPR breeds they require plenty of free running exercise and will need fair and consistent training from an early age.  In the UK, Slovaks take part in obedience, agility and working trials as well as their more traditional role as a working gun dog. A moderately large dog the maximum height for a male is around 27 inches at the withers and the bitches 25 inches.  They are usually grey but are allowed white markings and can be grey and white, roan or grey and white splashed marked of which the latter has been actively reintroduced into the breed having disappeared for many years. The latest imported dogs to the UK are now carrying this colour so will become more widely seen.

The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer is sturdily built but with a degree of elegance they are loyal and affectionate with an unexaggerated conformation, bringing economical, ground-covering movement and a serviceable coat make him a truly ‘fit-for-purpose’ gundog.

Health

The Kennel Club has asked all breed clubs to appoint Breed Health Coordinator to help monitor and advise them of any health problems within their breed.

The role of the Health Coordinator is to facilitate health information to and from the Kennel Club about that Breed. It is important to monitor health trends within all breeds so that if a health problem emerges, breeders can then recognise the problem and with, or without, the help of the Kennel Club's geneticists work together to find a way to control and hopefully eradicate it.

As many conditions are not noticed until a puppy matures it is strongly advised that all Breeders endorse the Kennel Club Registration (R) Progeny Not Eligible For Registration to ensure BVA KC Hip Scoring and an overall assessment of confirmation and temperament has been undertaken.

To date (Spring 2011) all stock that have been BVA KC x-rayed for Hip Dysplasia have produced scores ranging between 2/2 = 4 and 14/15 = 29 making the current breed average 10.

Current health reports are less than 3% of the breed total and to date the Kennel Club has no points of concern specific to this breed that have been identified for special attention by judges, other than those covered routinely by the Kennel Club Breed Standard.     (Last updated on 15th May 2011)

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From 1st December 2008 we have an Approved Interim Breed Standard and as such the breed may now be entered at shows in the import register classes at Kennel Club shows.

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