AKC Dog Breeds: Cesky Terrier

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Height: 10-13 inches   Weight: 13-23 pounds  Color: any color of brown, sedge, or deadgrass

The Cesky Terrier is a small terrier type dog originating in Czechoslovakia. The Cesky Terrier's are sometimes referred to as the Bohemian Terrier. The Cesky Terrier was developed by geneticist Frantised Horak in the Czech Republic. Although not a trained scientist, Horák worked for many years as a research assistant at the Czechoslovak Academy of Science, and used knowledge gained there in his dog breeding. Czechoslovakia was ruled by a Communist regime, and as Horák's dogs became more popular around the world, he received visits from the secret police due to the large volume of mail he was getting from outside the country. Crossbreeding of the Scottish and Sealyham Terriers produced the Cesky. This breed is quite rare in North America but enjoys popularity in their homeland, Germany, Holland, and other Scandinavian countries. Cesky Terriers are rare in the United States, with fewer than 100 new Cesky Terrier puppies born each year. Compare that to over 60,000 new Golden Retriever puppies! A sturdy, low-set Terrier, the Cesky is longer than tall. The Cesky Terrier breed is tough, hardy, and possesses great stamina. They are extremely agile, hard working, and avid hunters. They are an elegant and enthusiastic breed.

General Appearance

The Cesky Terrier, also called the Bohemian Terrier, is a short-legged, moderately long, terrier. It looks similar to a Sealyham Terrier. The Cesky Terrier has a long head, bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows. The body is solid, but not heavy. Agile and robust. The wavy, silky coat usually comes in various shades of gray-blue with tan, gray, white or yellow furnishings or light coffee, though puppies are born black. The coats lighten later, sometimes not until the dog is two years old. The light coffee color is quite rare. All colors are permitted with or without white markings. The skin pigment is gray for blue-gray dogs and flesh-colored for brown dogs. Eyes are brown in gray-blue dogs and yellow in brown dogs. The noses and lips of blue-gray dogs are black; for brown dogs it is liver. The ears are triangular, folding forward close to the head. The head is long, but not too wide, with a well-defined stop. The undocked tail is 7-8 inches (18-20 cm.) long, carried horizontally when the dog is excited.


Selectively bred to be less aggressive than most Terriers, the Cesky Terrier is a devoted and loyal companion. They do well with people of all ages and other dogs. Cesky Terriers are not Golden Retrievers. Though more amenable to training than some other terriers, they must still be taught at an early age that they are not the rulers of the world. The toughness that makes them suited to killing vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Cesky Terriers can be stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. Cesky Terriers need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds so that their natural caution doesn't become suspiciousness or shyness, which are difficult to live with. They are extremely well-mannered and eager to please. They are loving, affectionate, pleasant, and calm. This breed has a very protective streak which makes them a good guard dog. The Cesky Terrier makes a wonderful companion. With other dogs and cats, he is more sociable and less aggressive than most terriers. Rodents, however, will be chased with enthusiasm and determination.


The Cesky should be trimmed regularly, leaving the hair long on the stomach and legs and around the face to form the moustache, beard, and eyebrows. For pet dogs it will need to be trimmed at least four times a year. Show dogs require more frequent grooming. Cesky Terriers are clipped with electric clippers, not stripped like most other terriers. The longer hair needs to be brushed and combed at least twice a week, depending on the condition of the coat, to prevent tangles. Clip the excess hair between the pads of the feet and remove loose hair in the ear passages. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Health Problems and Life Expectancy
The Cesky Terrier has no major hereditary diseases. They are prone to a non-life threatening issue known as Scottie Cramp which can restrict movement. They have an average life span of 12- 15 years.

Activity Level

The Cesky Terrier breed does well in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised. They enjoy long walks, are good jogging companions, and enjoy free play in a securely fenced yard.


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