Showsight - November 2021


a very popular breed nowadays, the result of breeding dogs with wolves, and it looks very much like a European Wolf. One hundred and eighteen of them were entered at the show. It is an FCI recog- nized breed too. This dog is versatile and not shy like the Saarloos Wolfdog. Czechia seems to have many modern breeds, and I won- der if there is a coincidence with the fact that Brno is the city where the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, worked and died. The carpet in the main ring was bright, and this was nice, but the logo of the WDS2021 was printed large and covered the center of the main ring. Several of the dogs were disturbed when they passed alongside, and some even jumped to the side—especially the puppies and juniors. The very large podium was brightly lit

Mountain Dog and the Czech Spotted Dog. The first is bred to pull sleds in the mountains, but is also a nice companion and used for different tasks like Search and Rescue. Its size is comparable to a Golden Retriever. He has large, colored plates, black or brown, on a white background. It is a recent breed. This also accounts, cer- tainly, for the Bohemian (Czech) Spotted Dog, a dog that was bred for laboratory purposes (whatever that means) in the late 1950s, resulting in a tri-colored dog, medium in size, with dropped ears. They can be smooth or feathered. He looks smart and indepen- dent, with rather ordinary looks (with all due respect) like the ones we see a lot on farms. Let’s not forget a seventh breed, the Czecho- slovakian Wolf Dog, a dog that also belongs to Slovakia. This is


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