The ancestry of both German Shepherd and wild Carpathian Wolf brings an interesting blend of characteristics to the Vlcak. The pack mentality of the wolf, as well as the loving nature of the German Shepherd, results in a dog that is extremely loyal to their family and rather affectionate.
However, the Vlcak’s high energy lends more to a working dog, rather than a cuddly lap dog. They will be happiest given a job to do, with clear instruction and authority. Vlcaks require lots of exercise — at least two hours per day, combining walks, play, obedience training, and exploration — otherwise, you will get a restless, unhappy, disobedient dog.
Vlcaks have great potential to carry out jobs, guard families/livestock, and participate in the military, but they require very firm training and authority from as young an age as possible. It is essential the Vlcak sees you as pack leader, and it makes them happier to know their place in your family. Indeed, not showing dominance will actually make them confused and not allow them to be their best selves.
Due to their hunting ancestry, Vlcaks do not typically do well with small animals in the home. It’s good to be mindful of this when walking them or letting them play outside, too. Remember, they are descended from wolves. This is clear not only in their appearance, but also their personality.
Vlcaks can be highly playful and quite lively, making great playmates for families of all ages. Their spunky energy may be a bit much for seniors on their own, but they do often play well with children.
As with all dogs, but especially in the case of the Vlcak, early training and socialization are essential to bring out the best in your dog, ensuring both of your happiness. Most difficulty with introducing Vlcaks into new environments can be traced to weak training, command, or authority from the human. Vlcaks require firm authority to know their place in the « pack. »