Cesky Terrier

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Is the Cesky Terrier right for you?

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Other name(s): Czesky Terrier; Bohemian Terrier

The basics:
The Cesky Terrier was developed in the Czech Republic in 1949. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), "Mr. Frantisik Horak, an avid hunter and breeder of Scottish Terriers, had a vision of creating a terrier suitable for hunting in packs in the forests of Bohemia. In 1949, he completed the first breeding between a Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier that would eventually become the Cesky Terrier. Keen and alert, the Cesky Terrier has been used in hunting fox, rabbits, ducks, pheasants, and even wild boar."

This striking, short-legged terrier is eye-catching indeed, but its calm (for a terrier) personality may be the biggest draw for owners who find some hyper-active terriers like the JRT just a little too much of a good thing.

The Federation Cynalogique Internationale (FCI) recognized the Cesky Terrier in 1963, while the American Kennel Club's (AKC) recognized it in 2011.

Appearance / health:
Cesky Terriers are short-legged, moderately long terriers. The head is long and shaped like a wedge. The eyes are almond shaped. The V-shaped ears are small and lie close to the skull. The neck is long and straight. The tail is carried low and may rise when the dog is in motion, but it never rises above the back. The body is strong and solid without being heavy.

Cesky Terriers do not shed much. However, they require considerable grooming. The Cesky is trimmed with electric clippers, even for showing. Brushing and combing is done every week to prevent the hair from matting. Show dogs require more grooming.

Ceskies require moderate amounts of exercise everyday. Hiking, swimming, and jogging may be suitable forms of exercise.

No major health issues have been found in Ceskies.

Behavior / temperament:
They are good hunters who love to chase smaller animals. Owing to their high intelligence, they are easier to train than other terrier breeds.

They cannot resist food and may resort to begging or stealing. Unsupervised food left on the table may disappear with a Cesky around. You may have to monitor the diet to keep them from packing on the weight. Owners may need to keep their trashcans out of their dogs' reach.

They are inactive indoors, though as puppies, they can be lively. They are fast learners. Trainers may apt to offer food rewards, since they respond to positive reinforcement methods, but it can be a balancing act to keep from overfeeding them.

They do not bark as much as other terriers.


typical terrier traits, ground short legs, smalled sized dog

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