Slovak Rough-haired Pointer

The Slovak Rough-haired Pointer has a slightly unique look that gives him a very special air. His silhouette shows great strength and physical capacity, while revealing his great affection and kindness. He is a magnificent canine specimen, created a short time ago to embellish the life of hunters and their families. He can make the happiness of many owners by his capacity to work, affection, kindness and great fidelity.

Height 57 to 68 cm
Weight 25 to 35 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Slovakia

Quick Overview of the Slovak Rough-haired Pointer


  • Strong temperament
  • Affectionate and kind
  • Faithful and docile
  • Intelligent


  • Average strength
  • Noble and elegant expression
  • Straight and hard coat
  • Amber eyes


  • Hardy, solid and robust
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Slovak Rough-haired Pointer

His strong temperament does not hinder in any way his beautiful qualities. He is affectionate and kind, loyal and docile at the same time, intelligent and quickly understands what is expected of him.

His strong character requires a good grip but, because he responds very well, his education is easy. It must however be started very early.

Breed Appearance

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This medium strength, rather peculiar-looking dog has a certain form of nobility. His muscular, solid silhouette is totally suited to work, but still exudes a beautiful, noble and elegant expression.


Between 62 and 68 cm (24.41 to 26.77 inches) for the male
Between 57 and 64 cm (22.44 to 25.20 inches) for the female


Between 25 and 35 kg (55.12 to 77.16 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 35 kg (55.12 to 77.16 pounds) for the female


His coat is initially a sand color, shadowed with brown or a variation of light or dark gray. It may or may not have white marks.


His coat is flat and straight, hard and approximately 4 cm long. It has a fine, short undercoat. It is more pronounced above the eyes and forms funny whiskers in the lower part of the muzzle. It is also hard and short on the forehead.


His head is rather rectangular and his stop moderate. His eyes are a beautiful amber color and almond-shaped. The eyes of puppies and young dogs are a beautiful blue color for a certain period of time.

His large ears are of proportionate length and end in a beautiful rounded shape. His large nose is generally dark. His tail, carried downwards at rest, is horizontal when in action.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #320

Tips About this breed

The Slovak Rough-haired Pointer has a very distinctive appearance and superb hunting qualities, obviously as a pointing dog, but also has great aptitudes to become an excellent companion.

He has a strong character and temperament, but is nevertheless very intelligent, which allows him to take things into account.

Affectionate and kind to all, he is faithful and easily satisfies the master's expectations. He can adapt and live just about anywhere as long as he has space to run and spend his beautiful energy on a daily basis.

He is compatible with all types of families because he loves young children. He is very sociable and his upbringing is generally not a problem, but it must be started early in order to teach him how to control his strong temperament.

Health of the Slovak Rough-haired Pointer

This hardy, solid and robust dog has no pathology related to his breed. He is not affected by any genetic disease and is rarely sick. He also enjoys a good life expectancy.


His beautiful large ears must still be monitored regularly. A good weekly brushing will help his rough-haired coat stay in good health and keep its beautiful gait. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

The Slovak Pointer appeared rather recently, around the time of the Second World War. A cross between the German Wirehaired Pointer and the Czech Griffon, the Slovak Rough-haired Pointer was not officially recognized in Slovakia until 1975 and the F.C.I. (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) did not recognize him until 1980.

This pointing dog, with a very hardy look due to the appearance of his coat, is suitable for working on all types of terrain. He is much appreciated for hunting, but also for his excellent qualities as companion dog.

He is made for work but is also a very pleasant companion.

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