Breed Organization American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association Website: http://ceskyterrierfanciers.org Native Country Czech Republic Other Names Czesky Terrier, Cesky Terrier Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 2-6 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance The Cesky Terrier is a well-muscled, short
legged, well-pigmented, hunting terrier of a rectangular format. The
Cesky has natural drop ears, a natural tail, and sports a long,
silky with slight texture coat in shades of gray from charcoal to
platinum (black pigmented) or rarely brown (liver pigmented). The
Cesky is longer than it is tall and has a topline that rises
slightly to the rear.
Breed Description Head: Long. Large nose. Thick beard.
Powerful jaws. Ears: Folded above the level of the head and hanging against
the cheeks. Eyes: Light or dark chestnut color. Bushy eyebrows. Body: Long and compact. Very muscular hindquarters. Back
slightly arched. Tail: Approx. 20 cm (8 in) long, carried straight out in line
with the back when in action. Hair: Silky, abundant. Coat: Gray-blue or light coffee. Puppies are born black and
attain their final color around two years of age. Size: 27 to 35 cm (10,5-14 in). Weight: 6 to 9 kg (13-20 lb).
History The Cesky Terrier was created by a Czech
breeder, František Horak, in 1948, as a cross between a Sealyham
Terrier and a Scottish Terrier, to create a terrier suitable for
hunting in the forests of Bohemia. Although not a trained scientist,
Horak worked for many years as a research assistant at the
Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and used knowledge gained there in
his dog breeding. Czechoslovakia was ruled by a communist regime at
the time; when Horak's dogs became more popular around the world, he
began to receive a large volume of mail from outside the country,
which earned him the attention of the secret police. Horak died in
The Cesky Terrier was recognized for international
competition by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1963 as
breed number 246 in Group 3, Terriers. The breed is now recognized
by all of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world. The
Cesky Terrier is one of the six most rare dog breeds worldwide.
The breed was first imported into the USA in the 1980s by a group of
enthusiasts. They formed the Cesky Terrier Club of America in
January 1988. As interest grew, the breed became eligible to join
the American Kennel Club (AKC) Foundation Stock Service Program from
January 1, 2004 allowing it to compete in AKC Earthdog tests. At
this stage the American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association was
formed and recognised by the AKC. It is the club accepted as the
parent club by the AKC. However, the Cesky Terrier Club of America
remains active in promoting the breed in the USA. From mid-2011, the
Cesky Terrier was able to compete in the terrier group in America as
it was accepted for entry in the AKC Stud Book.
first arrived in the UK in 1989 and had to compete from the imported
register until January 1, 2000 when it gained rare breed status from
the Kennel Club. It has since competed successfully in show
competition in the UK.
Behavior The Cesky Terrier is patient, playful, sporty
yet calm. A sweet and joyful dog that is good with children, it is
brave, loyal, obedient and courageous. Intelligent, very trainable
and easy to handle, it is important to socialize them while they are
puppies, letting them meet with various people and different animals
in positive circumstances to experience a variety of situations.
This will help them be well adjusted so they can grow up to be happy
adults. They love people, especially children and are fairly
friendly with strangers, but like most terriers, if you are not 100%
pack leader, they can be feisty, stubborn and fearless. This
sociable dog gets along well with other dogs and with other
household animals. The Cesky travels well. It is an excellent
companion dog that is capable of playing with children, yet at the
same time being an attentive and threatening house guard.
Health Generally healthy. Some are prone to Scottie
Cramp Syndrome, sometimes called Wobbly Scottie, which causes the
dog to walk in an awkward movement.
Advice The Czesky Terrier requires considerable
exercise. Regular brushing is required. This breed should be
professionally groomed every two to three months.