Cesky Terrier

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13-23 lbs
Czech Republic
Czesky Terrier, Ceský Teriér, Bohemiman Terrier
The existence of the Cesky Terrier is credited to a geneticist and breeder from the Czech Republic named Frantisek Horak. It is said that this fairly new breed resulted from a mix of other terrier breeds, likely including the Scottish and Sealyham terriers, and perhaps others such as the Dandie Dinmont.
hunting dog
Date of Origin
Gun Dog, Terrier

Cesky Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 13-23 lbs
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 13-23 lbs
Minor Concerns
  • Scottie Cramp

Cesky Terrier Breed History

Some breeders in the 1980s thought the Cesky had deviated from the standard created by Horak, and the breeders started crossing again with the Sealyham terrier. It is said that the Cesky was originally bred to be a hunting dog that would track rats and fox to their dens, and Horak wanted to create a breed that features a more narrow head and chest in order to allow the dog to follow the vermin into the burrow. Horak was also interested in breeding a dog with a good temperament, and the Cesky is known for being a friendly companion. It was in about 1987 that the Cesky was brought to the U.S. and records show that approximately 150 dogs were here in 1993. Sometimes the Cesky is shown in rare breed venues and state kennel club shows.

Cesky Terrier Breed Appearance

A short legged breed with a relatively long body, the Cesky terrier is similar in its appearance to the Sealyham terrier. But the Cesky head is longer and has bushy eyebrows, beard, and mustache. The solid body is agile, not heavy, and the coat of this breed is quite wavy and silky. The coat comes in a variety of colors including: brown or gray/blue with furnishings in tan, gray, white, yellow, or light coffee. However, Cesky puppies are born with a black coat. Sometimes it takes up to two years for the coat to lighten. The eye color of this breed is yellow in brown dogs, and brown in gray/blue dogs. The nose and lip color of the Cesky is liver for brown dogs and black for gray/blue dogs. The triangular ears fold forward towards the head. The tail is left natural and measures 7 - 8 inches long. When the dog is excited or in action, the tail is carried horizontally.

Cesky Terrier Breed Maintenance

It is important to brush or comb the Cesky terrier at least twice a week. Trimming with electric clippers should be done every three months to prevent matting. This breed is non-shedding, so regular grooming is necessary to remove dead hair. It is also important to keep the corners of the eyes cleaned and to have the hair from the ear canal trimmed when the dog is being clipped. Keep the hair on the bottom of the feet trimmed, and be sure to clip the nails on a regular basis. This breed loves to eat, so regular exercise is essential. It will enjoy walking on a leash, running, and playing in safe areas and can make an excellent companion for your morning jog. If enough exercise is provided, the Cesky makes a fine pet for apartment dwellers.

Cesky Terrier Breed Activity Requirements

Playful but protective, the Cesky terrier is a patient dog that is excellent with children. It is considerably loyal and brave. Easier to train than other terriers, the Cesky is an obedient dog that is also intelligent. Socialization with both people and animals is important at an early age to encourage a positive disposition. This breed is quite friendly around strangers, but it can be protective and feisty. The Cesky will generally get along well with other family pets, and it makes an excellent addition to the family.