Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Czechoslovakia Other Names Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Czech Coarsehaired Pointer, Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer, Rough-Coated Bohemian Pointer Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 5-7 Puppies Breed Group Pointing Dog - FCI
Breed Appearance The Cesky in the name of the breed was actually
for Czech and Fousek for flowing beard. This is a handsome breed
made distinct by its coloring and the facial furnishings. A Cesky
Fousek has a beard and a moustache. The Cesky Fousek also known as
the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon is considered to be the
second most commonly used hunting dog in the Czech and Slovakian
Republics. Valued for its outstanding hunting abilities, the dog is
also known to be an excellent guard dog and a most affectionate home
companion. This working dog that is treasured in its country of
origin is gaining popularity in other parts of the world.
Breed Description Head: Chiseled, fairly narrow, and long.
Domed skull. Pronounced brow bones. Moderate stop. Nosebridge
slightly curved, a bit longer than the skull. Muzzle tapering toward
the nose. Powerful jaws. Typical beard on the cheeks and flews.
Wide, dark brown nose. Ears: Set on very high, tapering
toward the tip. Lying very flat against the head. Eyes: Almond-shaped, dark amber to chestnut-brown. Eyebrows
standing at a slant. Body: Compact. Neck medium in length, well-muscled, cleanly
cut. Well-developed brisket. Oval chest. Well-sprung ribs. Short
loin. Slight tuck-up. Short, stocky back sloping toward the croup.
Fairly broad, slightly sloping croup. Tail: Medium-sized. Carried level to the ground or slightly
raised. Docked by three-fifths its length. Hair: Three types of hair. Fairly hard, heavy guard hairs 3 to
4 cm long, lying very flat against the body. Long, hard, straight,
bristles 5 to 7 cm long, absent from the chest, topline, groin, and
shoulders. Soft, dense undercoat 1.5 cm long, shed almost completely
in summer. Hair shorter and harder on the fronts of the legs.
Feathering on the backs of the legs. Short and hard on the top of
the head. Short and soft on the ears. Coat: Colors allowed: dark roan with or without brown blotches,
brown with ticking on the chest and lower legs, or solid brown with
no markings. Size: Dog: 60 to 66 cm. (23.6-26 in).Bitch: 58 to 62 cm.
(22.8-24.5 in). Weight: Dog: 28 to 34 kg. (62-75 lb).Bitch: 22 to 28 kg.
History For centuries, a wirehaired dog once used by
nobility for hunting lived in Bohemia. The first standard was
written in 1887, but later the breed nearly went extinct. After
World War II, it was revived through crosses with German pointers,
including the Stichelhaar. A Cesky Fousek club was founded in 1924.
Very popular in Czechoslovakia, the Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing
Griffon ranks second among today's hunting dogs. Recognized by the
FCI in 1963, the breed remains rare.
Behavior The Cesky Fousek is very energetic, smart and
willing to please. Cheerful and friendly, he likes children. Loyal
and protective, he loves all family members equally, especially if
they are carrying the leash, car key, gun or Frisbee. They are very
people-oriented, and not happy if isolated from the family. If
exercised sufficiently once or twice a day and given calm, but firm,
confident and consistent authority, the Cesky Fousek makes a very
agreeable family companion. If left to his own devices for long
periods without exercise or leadership, he can become destructive
and nervous. If raised with other dogs and cats from puppyhood, the
Cesky Fousek does quite well. A hunting dog by nature, they are bred
and trained to work in the field, forest and water. This breed has a
natural keen hunting instinct to go on point, stretching his body
long, taking in the scents. These are noble and gentle, easy to
train dogs. They have all the qualities one could wish for in a
hunting partner and 700 years of breeding to back them up. This
breed likes to bark and needs to be told enough is enough if it
becomes a nuisance. Socialize them well to prevent them from
becoming reserved with strangers.
Health No known health issues.
Advice He needs wide open spaces and lots of exercise,
as well as regular brushing and attention to the ears.