|GALOMY OAK KENNEL
Update, July, 2015
After 8 years of being involved with the breed, I have decided to take a hiatus from breeding and
being as heavily involved in the politics and demands of dog clubs.
The Czechoslovakian Vlcak will always be near and dear to my heart, and I am thankful for the many
friends that I have met over the past 8 years. I would not be where I am today without the
relationships and opportunities that have come with these beautiful dogs.
The direction the breed is going in terms of health, purity and temperament, especially in the US but
also in other places in the world, is frightening. Like so many things, money and ego have crept into
the world of the Czechoslovakian Vlcak. I can only caution new owners moving forward in the breed
to do your research on the breed, health issues, temperament issues and avoid the evolving puppy
mills and backyard breeders.
Like so many working breeds, this one can be a nightmare for many families. The issues often don't
come until 2-3 years of age, as this is a breed that is slow to mature. The breed seems to have
absorbed many of the health issues of the German Shepherd. A small gene pool, popular sire
syndrome and irresponsible breeding practices threaten to amplify these issues. It takes some time
being involved with the breed to see the big picture, and unfortunately, most first time owners have
not seen the more hidden parts to the breed community.
Add to this the shaky legal status of the breed in so many places, the fact that many Vlcaks DO test
as wolf hybrids in the standard tests, and the total lack of a breed rescue in the United States and a
breed club that struggles (mostly from being so small)...ownership of this breed is considerably more
challenging and risky than most other breeds. Most shelters are reluctant to take this breed in or
adopt them out. Most private families do not want to deal with the issues that present in the breed
that lead to families wanting to surrender them. The reality of sending them back to a breeder is
often expensive at best, and sometimes the breeder simply can't or won't.
If things do go bad, there is a lot of potential for a sad ending for the Vlcak...
That said, I have loved my time working with the breed, and it was a good fit for my lifestyle. Almost
all of our puppies went to families who love their dogs - the placement was a lot of work. I have not
totally ruled out becoming involved with the breed again in the future, or breeding in the future. I
wish all the best for the responsible and ethical people who continue to be involved with the breed
to put petty differences and egos aside and take the breed to a good place.
At this time, I have one adult female who I will consider for co-ownership adoption, and another
adult female I would consider placing (spayed) for full ownership adoption. Periodically I may have
older dogs available for adoption. Please email me at marcy@galomyoak for more details.
Thank you again, and all of the very best