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Black Forest Hound (also called Slovakian Hound)
On first glance, the Black Forest Hound (also Slovensky Kopov or Slovakian Hound) of Slovakia seems very similar to the Black and Tan Coonhound of the US but more careful examination indicates that this smaller, heavier built Scenthound's greatest similarity with the Coonhound is by their black and tan markings.  Most common in Europe where it originated, the temperament, energy and working ability of the Black Forest Hound is very similar to that of the better known (at least in the US) Beagle, Harrier, Foxhound and others.
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 18-20 inches
Weight: 40-49 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: Black and Tan Coat type: hard, wiry but smooth
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: Sleek, elegant scenthound of moderate size. Very similar in working ability, energy and appearance to the American Coonhound.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: quiet and genial with alot of working drive
  with Children: good
  with other pets: good except those it might view as prey
  with dogs: good
Socialization requirements: preferred to prevent shyness
Ideal home characteristics: rather adaptable given regular exercise
Temperament Notes: easy going, genial
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: Like most Scenthounds, the Black Forest Hound is pleasant to spend time with but inclined to excessive barking and sniffing due to its innate working ability and skill. Training successfully relates to the trainer determining ways to motivate the dog that go beyond this natural aptitude.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin: Czechoslavakia
Original Function: Scenthound
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, knee dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for! 
  • How long have you had Black Forest Hound?
  • Why do you have Black Forest Hounds (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Black Forest Hound?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Black Forest Hound?
  • How would you describe the ideal Black Forest Hound home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Black Forest Hound?
  • Web Sites: No indication of imports to the US and thus no current rescues though most Scenthound, Beagle and Coonhound rescues would be inclined to help as they could.
    Other Resources
    Breed standard: Standard as per the FCI for the Slovakian Hound (number 244) otherwise called the Black Forest Hound

    Breeder Ethics: If a code of ethics for breeders of the Black Forest Hound exists it is not readily available on the internet and/or in English format at this time.
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