The breed originated from Slovakia and was developed after World War II by combining the German Wirehaired Pointer, the Weimaraner and the Cesky Fousek (or the Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon), with some contributions from the gene pools of the Pudelpointer. It also goes by the names Ohar and Slovensky Hrubosrsty Stavac in its country of origin. The breed has a weight range of 55 to 77 pounds and a height range of 22.5 to 27 inches. It has a flat skull, a moderately sloped stop and a straight back. It has a large and dark nose, ears that are dropped and eyes that range from deep amber in colour to lighter shades. Its tail is typically docked and it has a broad and deep chest. It has harsh and wiry hairs of moderate length with facial whiskers and a moustache. The colours include gray-brown and pewter-silver which appears in rough or broken patterns giving the breed its shaggy and rustic appearance.
This energetic breed makes for good jogging companions and they like to swim and retrieve things from the water. They were bred for the purpose of creating a dog breed that has great stamina and can track or point in land or water. They have an alert and intelligent expression on their faces and well matched with their endurance and tirelessness when at work. They have a keen sense of smell and are focused hunters. At home it is a loving and loyal companion and easily trainable. They can live for about 9 to 15 years.