Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers (Slovensky Hrubosrsty Stavac) are a relatively new breed to these shores. Dating back to the late 1950s, 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 and 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 and the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer may now be shown in the UK in the AV Import Register.
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.
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 so this is no couch potato! A moderately large dog the maximum height for a male around 27 inches at the whither 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 making him a truly ‘fit-for-purpose’ gundog.
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.