Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 17-20, Female: 15-17
Height: Male: 18-20, Female: 16-18
Origin of Name: The Slovenský kopov is a medium-sized breed of hunting dog of the scenthound type.
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A famous type of Hunting Dog since ancient times, the breed today was first identified in the 1870s. The first written reference to Slovensky Kopov dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, when this breed was prohibited from crossing with others. This suggests that Kopov had already formed an identity among hunting circles. The name ""Kopov"" is derived from the Hungarian word ""kopo"" which means odor hunter. The bacround of this breed is believed to have used the Brandbrake (Austrian Black and Tan Hound), Chart Polski, and Magyar Agar (Hungarian Greyhound).
A more integrated approach to breeding kopovs began in 1915, when a series of regulations on hound dogs forbade the use of long breeds to chase deer. This was also a time when Kopov's color patterns began to be standardized.
The modern era of Kopov breeding began in 1936. A few select dogs were chosen for a controlled breeding program aimed at removing any unwanted variation in color and height. Eventually, over several generations, the Kopov population stabilized and the genotype was standardized. In 1963, FCI accepted Slovensky Kopov as a Schnathound type Hunting Dog. The Slovak Hound Breeders Club was established in 1988 in Bratislava, Solvacia.
Although extremely common in its area of origin, it is now being discovered only by dog enthusiasts in other countries.