Cesky Terrier

April 12, 2012

The Cesky Terrier is also referred to as the Czesky Terrier, Bohemian Terrier, or Czech Terrier. This breed is a small and sturdy terrier that was developed in Frantisek Horak in the country of Czechoslovakia. The Cesky Terrier is more mellow and less strong willed than many of the other types of terriers. The Cesky has quickly gained popularity in the United States and in other parts of the world. It is a beloved house pet for many people.

One of the best qualities of the Cesky Terrier is they are devoted and loving companions. They are small enough to live in apartments. They are athletic little dogs and fit in well with active families. As long as they are around their family, they can fit in most anywhere. They get along with children and are actually quite fond of them. Generally speaking, they also get along with other pets. This is especially true if they are raised with other pets.

Cesky Terriers are versatile dogs. They excel in many different areas, including obedience, conformation, and agility and tracking events. They are also excellent therapy dogs, if they are given the proper training and socialization. This breed does not normally have any major hereditary diseases. On occasion, the Cesky Terrier is prone to get Scottie Cramp. This is a minor condition that is not life threatening. In fact, it is not even painful. It simply causes the dog to perform awkward movements.

The Cesky Terrier is recognized by the KCGB, NKC, ANKC, ACR, CKC, UKC FCI, APRI, and ACI.

Information

BreedCesky Terrier
Alternative namesBohemian Terrier Cesk
Height (male/female)10-13 inches (25.5-30 cm) / 10-13 inches (25.5-30 cm)
Weight (male/female)13-23 pounds (6-10.5 kg) / 13-23 pounds (6-10.5 kg)
Life expectancy12-15 years
Litter size2-6
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Appearance

The Cesky Terrier looks like a Sealyham Terrier. The Cesky is a moderately long, short-legged terrier. This breed has a long head. It also has a bushy mustache, eyebrows, and beard. The Cesky Terrier is not heavy but does have a solid body. It is an agile breed that is robust. The coat of the Cesky is silky and wavy. Usually, it comes in different shades of grey blue with either gray, white, tan, or yellow. However, Cesky puppies are born black in color. As the puppy gets older, the coat begins to get lighter. Sometimes this doesn’t happen until the dog is around two years old. All of the specified colors are permitted either with markings or without them.

The Cesky Terrier has skin pigment that is flesh colored for the brown dogs and gray for blue gray dogs. The gray blue dogs have brown eyes and the brown dogs have yellow dogs. The gray blue dogs have black noses and lips. The brown dogs have a liver color. The Cesky Terrier has triangular ears that fold forward close to their head. The head is not that wide but it is long and has a well defined stop. The tail is unlocked and is generally 7 – 8 inches (18 – 20 cm) long. When the dog is excited the tail is carried horizontally. The average height is 10 – 13 inches. The average weight is 13 – 23 pounds.

Personality

The Cesky Terrier is a playful dog that is protective and sporty. It is a calm dog that is happy and sweet. Ceskys are known to be good with children. They are a brave and patient breed. They are also courageous, obedient, and loyal. Compared to other terriers, the Cesky Terrier is more easily trainable and intelligent. This breed of terrier is quite easy to handle. When the Cesky is a puppy, it is important to socialize them. They should be allowed to meet different types of people and different animals in various circumstances. This will help it develop into a happy adult.

The Cesky Terrier loves being around people. They especially like children. They are even somewhat friendly with strangers.

Care

The Cesky Terrier needs regular maintenance and trimming. They should be trimmed on a regular basis. The hair should be kept long on the legs and stomach. The hair should also be left around the area of the face, which forms a beard, eyebrows, and mustache. The Cesky Terrier should be trimmed a minimum of four times each year. If the dog is a show dog, it will need more frequent grooming treatments. Most terriers are stripped when they are groomed. However, the Cesky Terrier is clipped with electric clippers. At least two times a week, the longer hair of the Cesky should be brushed and combed, depending on the good or bad condition of the coat. The excess hair between the pads of the feet should be clipped. If loose hair is found in the ears, it should be removed. The Cesky Terrier sheds very little hair at all. Some of these dogs even shed no hair.

History

The majority of dog breeds have a long history that spans hundreds and even thousands of years. On the other hand, the Cesky Terrier has a short history. The history of the Cesky Terrier is well documented.

The developer of this breed is Frantisek. He was born in Czechoslovakia in 1909. At the time, Isabela Palomino horses were bred in this area. As a young boy, Frantisek wanted to breed ponies and horses. By the time he reached 9 years of age, his parents allowed him to begin breeding dogs. After the second World War, Frantisek also began breeding ponies.

As an adult, Frantisek Horak became a geneticist. For many years, he worked at the Academy of Science in Prague. He developed two different breeds of dogs. One was the Czech Piebald dog. This breed was formerly referred to as Horak’s Labor Dog. The other dog developed by Frantisek was the Cesky Terrier.

In 1949, the Cesky Terrier began to be developed. In 1963, this breed was recognized by the FCI. The Cesky Terrier is the most successful national breed in Czechoslovakia. This breed has been so successful that it has been featured in books, on postage stamps, on TV, and even in a movie.

For a number of years, there was a ban on exporting the Cesky Terrier to other countries. Despite the ban, this breed became popular in the Scandinavian countries. At this time, the Cesky Terrier is found in the majority of European countries. It is also found in the United States, Australia, Canada, and England.

Frantisek Horak had a kennel that was named “lovu zdar”. This literally means “successful hunter” or “successful hunting”. This was an appropriate name for the Cesky Terrier. In the year 1949, he bred a Sealyham dog and a Scotty bitch. One of the pups survived. As the dog began to grow, he started hunting him. He also reported his activities to the local Terrier Club. Unfortunately, in 1950 this Cesky Terrier was shot by a hunter. Later Frantisek bred another Sealyham dog and Scotty bitch. This new litter resulted in six pups. At that time, the Cesky Terrier breed had begun. Frantisek Horak kept excellent records of all of his breeding activities. He also started a private registry of the Cesky Terrier.

At that point in history, the genetic pool of the breed was very limited so Frantisek began to introduce new blood into the breed. The FCI gave him permission to breed a Sealyham into the Cesky Terrier breed in the years 1984 and 1985.

Frantisek Horak developed the Cesky Terrier because he thought a combination of the Sealyham Terrier and the Scottish Terrier would make an excellent hunting dog. He felt both breeds were too big for hunting because of their large chests. The Cesky Terrier was bred to have a narrower chest, a moderately sized head, and longer legs than the Sealyham Terrier and Scottish Terrier. The Cesky was also bred to have a temperament that was aggressive when hunting but easily handled in all situations.

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