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Standard CLC



Origin:  Czechoslovak Republic

Patronage:  Slovak Republic

Classification F.C.I.:  Group 1 (Sheep- and Cattle Dogs)

                       Section 1 (Sheepdogs) with Working Trial.


General appearance

Firm type in constitution. Above average size with rectangular frame. In body shape, movements, coat texture, colour of coat and mask, similar to the wolf.


Important proportions

Length of body:  Height at Withers = 10:9

Length of muzzle:  Length of cranial region = 2:3


Lively, very active, capable of endurance, docile with quick reactions. Fearless and courageous. Suspicious, yet does not attack without cause. Shows tremendous loyalty towards his master. Resistant to weather conditions. Versatile in his use.



Symmetrical, well muscled. Seen from the side and from the front above, it forms a blunt wedge. Sex should be unmistakable.

Cranical region:  Seen from the side and from the front, the forehead is slightly arced. No marked frontal furrow. Occipital bone clearly visible.

Stop:  Moderate.

Nose:  Oval shape, black.

Muzzle:  Clean, not broad, straight bridge of nose.

Lips:  Tight fitting. No gap at corner at mouth. Rims of lips are black.

Jaws/Teeth:  Jaws strong and symmetrical. Well developed teeth, especially the canines. Siccor or pincer bite with 42 teeth according to the usual tooth formation. Regular teeth set.

Cheeks:  Clean, sufficiently muscled, not markedly protruding.

Eyes:  Small, slanting, amber coloured. Close fitting lids.

Ears:  Pricked, thin, triangular, short (i.e. not longer than 1/6th of height at withers); the lateral point of the set on of the ears and the outer corner of the eyes are in a direct line. A vertical line from tip of ear would run close along the head.


Dry, well muscled. In repose forms an angle degreed to the horizontal. The neck must be sufficiently long for the nose to touch the ground effortlessly.



Topline:  Flowing transition from neck to body. Sloping away slightly.

Withers:  Well muscled, pronounced. Though pronounced, they must not interupt the flow of the top line.

Back:  Firm and straight.

Joins:  Short, well muscled, not broad, sloping slightly.

Croup:  Short, well muscled, not broad, falling away slightly.

Chest:  Symmetrical, well muscled, roomy, pear shaped and narrowing towards the sternum. The depth of chest does not reach to the elbows. The point of the sternum does not extend beyond the shoulder joints.

Lower line and belly:  Taut belly, tucked up. Slightly hollow in flanks.

Tail:  Set on high, hanging straight down. When dog is excited, raised in general sickle shape.


Front:  Forelegs are straight, firm and dry. Close set with slight out-turned paws.

Shoulders:  Scapula is placed ahead (pronounced) and is well covered by muscles. It makes an angel at 65 degrees to horizontal.

Upperarm:  Well muscled. Makes an angle to the scapula at 120 to 130 degrees.

Elbows:  Well adjoining, not turned in- or outwards, well marked and very mobile. Angle upperarm/forearm are about 150 degrees.

Forearm:  Long, dry and straight. The length of the forearm/pastern is 55 % of the height at withers.

Carpus:  Powerfull and mobile.

Pastern:  Long, angulation at least 75 degrees to horizontal. Slightly elastic in movement.

Frontpaws:  Big and slightly turned outwards. With long, arced toes and strong dark claws.

Hind part:  Powerfull, hindlegs are placed parallel. A vertical line from the hip bone will pass through the center of the hock.

Thighs:  Long, well muscled. Makes an angel to the pelvis at about 80 degrees. The hipjoint are steady and is mobile.

Stifle:  Powerfull and very mobile.

Second thigh:  Long and dry with muscles. Makes an angle about 130 degrees to the pastern.

Hock:  Dry, strong and very mobile.

Pastern:  Long, dry placed nearly horizontal.

Paws:  Pretty long, arced toes with strong dark claws. Well developed pads.


Harmonious, mobile and "groundwinning" trot, during which the legs are being moved as close as possible to the ground. Head and neck are kept close to vertical. Ambling pace then pace.



Elastic and tight without folds. Unpigmented.



Make up of the coat:  Straight and close. Winter and summer coat differ greatly. In winter an immense undercoat together with topcoat, forms a thick coat all over the body. It is necessary for the hair to cover the belly, the inside of the upper thigh, the scrotum, the inner part of the ear and the areas between the toes. Well coated neck.

Colour:  Yellowish-grey to silver-grey with acharactistic pale mask. Light hair also on the underside of the neck and the forechest. Dark grey colour with mask is permissible.

Height and weight

Height at withers:  Dogs, at least 65 cm. Bitches, at least 60 cm.

Weight:  Dogs, at least 26 kg. Bitches, at least 20 kg.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered as faults, and the seriousness with which the faults should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


Heavy or light head. Flat forehead.

Dark brown, black or different coloured eyes.

Coarse ear. High or low set on ear.

Neck carried high in repose; low position of neck when standing.

Unpronounced withers. Untypical topline. Long croup.

Too little or too much angulation in forequarters. Weak pastern.

Too little or too much angulation in hinquarters. Insufficient muscle.

Tail long, set low and not carried correctly.

Barely pronounced mask.

Short wavy movement.

Disqualifying Faults

Discrepancy in proportions.

Faults in deportment and temperament. Untypical head. Missing teeth, irregular bite. Untypical shape and position of eye.

Untypical set on and shape of ears.

Dewlap. Strong slope in croup.

Untypical ribcage. Faulty and untypical position of front legs.

Tail untypical in set on and carriage.

Stand -off and untypical coat. Colours other than those in the standard.

Slack ligaments. Untypical movement.

N.B. male dogs must have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into