Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer is said to originate from the Czech Republic and is a recent arrival to the UK. As the name suggests, he is a hunt, point, retrieve gundog and reputed to be strong and versatile. He is large compared to some gundog breeds and has a double coat of medium length (grey, sometimes shaded with brown or sable) which protects and insulates against cold and wet weather. He needs regular grooming and plenty of exercise with opportunities for mental and physical challenges. He is more suited to a rural lifestyle, and ideally should be allowed to work as a gundog.
Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)
The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 4.0% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'
Effective Population Size - EPSTBC
EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.
Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)
Metaphyseal Osteopathy: (an inflammatory bone disease in rapidly growing young dogs).
Hip dysplasia (malformation of the hip joints causing pain and disability) breed mean score 10, parents should be lower.
Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
DNA Tests Available
Colour dilution alopecia (CDA) (dry, dull, brittle hair progressing to patchy hair loss).
Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes
Breed health website:
Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.
Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)
- Dental abnormalities
- Discospondylitis (an infection of the spinal vertebrae and intervertebral disc, causing back or neck pain)
- Immune system problems
- Idiopathic epilepsy
- Strabismus (the deviation of one or both eyes from their normal position)
Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.
Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.
You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP): www.puppycontract.org.uk
You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding: