The ancestry of the German Shepherd and the wild Carpathian wolf brings an interesting mix of characteristics to the Vlcak. The pack mentality of the wolf, along with the loving nature of the German Shepherd, makes them extremely loyal to their family and quite affectionate.
However, the high energy of the Vlcak lends itself more to a working dog than a cuddly dog. They will be happiest if they have a job to do, with clear instructions and authority. Vlcaks require lots of exercise – at least two hours a day, combining walks, games, obedience training and exploration – otherwise you will end up with a restless, unhappy and disobedient dog.
Vlcaks have great potential to do jobs, herd families/livestock, and participate in the military, but they require very firm training and authority from the earliest possible age. It’s essential that the Vlcak see you as a pack leader, and it makes them happier knowing their place in your family. Indeed, not showing dominance will make them confused and will not allow them to give their best.
Due to their hunter ancestry, Vlcaks generally do not do well with small animals in the home. It is good to take this into account when walking them or letting them play outside as well. Don’t forget that they are descended from wolves. This is clear not only in their appearance, but also in their personality.
Vlcaks can be very playful and lively, making them great playmates for families of all ages. Their spunky energy may be a bit too much for single seniors, but they often play well with children.
As with all dogs, but especially with the Vlcak, early training and socialization is key to bringing out the best in your dog, ensuring both your happiness. Most difficulties in introducing Vlcaks into new environments can be attributed to weak human training, leadership, or authority. Vlcaks need firm authority to know their place in the “pack”.