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Cesky Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Cesky Terrier

Other Names
Czesky Terrier, Bohemian Terrier, Czech Terrier 
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
The Cesky Terrier is a member of the terrier group. They were originally used for hunting for foxes and badgers. Today, whilst still used for hunting, they are good companions and seen in the show ring.  
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
This breed is relatively easy and cheap to feed. It does not require expensive premium foods, and in fact does best on foods in the medium price range. The average cost per week will be in the region of £4.50. 
Other Expenses
A well-bred puppy will cost around £500 for either a dog or a bitch.  
9 - 15 years
The Cesky Terrier, on average, has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. 
Average Litter Size
Litter size can range from 1 to 8 or even 9, but the average size of a litter is more likely to be between 3-5.  
General Physical Description
The Cesky Terrier is a sturdy, low-set terrier, longer than it is tall. They are instantly recognisable by the long head, distinctively bushy beard, moustache and eyebrows. The coat is soft, silky and shiny and does not cast. They are very agile, hardy and have plenty of stamina.

Height Min Max
Bitch 28cm (11") 36cm (14")
Dog 28cm (11") 36cm (14")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 7kg (15lbs) 7kg (15lbs)
Dog 8kg (18lbs) 8kg (18lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Ideally the Cesky Terrier - both dogs and bitches, should measure between 28-36cms at the withers. Dogs ideally weigh 8kgs and bitches 7kgs. 
Because the Cesky Terrier is a relatively new breed not much is known about the ailments they may or may not be susceptible to. The only known inherited condition is known as Scottie Cramp, a condition that results in a ‘bunny’hopping’ gait when trotting, but this condition is relatively rare. It is possible they are prone to hereditary eye problems like other terrier breeds and due to their short legs and long backs they could have back problems, especially if they are overweight.  
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
The breed is the result of one man, Dr Frantisek Horak who bred Scottish and Sealyham Terriers in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s. He wanted a terrier that would be suitable for hunting in a pack, be a loyal and loving family pet and that would also make a successful show dog. It was not until 1950 that his dream came true and the first litter was born.  
Whilst they are intelligent and appear to be more trainable than many other terriers, they do possess a stubborn streak, and training of the Cesky should be firm, sympathetic, and consistent. < 
Show Characteristics
The head should be relatively long, with a slightly arched skull and a slight but distinct stop. When viewed from above the head should form a blunt, long but not too broad triangle. The nostrils should be black. In blue/grey coloured dogs, the nose should be black, in light brown dogs, liver. The eyes should be medium-sized and although rather deep-set should appear friendly. In blue/grey dogs, they should be black or brown, in light brown dogs, light to dark brown. The ears should be medium-sized, triangular, high-set and pendulous being carried close to the cheeks. There should be a perfect scissor bite, with full dentition. The neck should be medium long, slightly arched and powerful with loose skin at the throat. The forelegs should be strong-boned and straight with muscular well-laid shoulders and free moving elbows. The hind quarters should have muscular upper thighs and short lower thighs, with a high set and strongly-developed hock. The body should be medium long, the back being level with a slight rise over the loins. The ideal chest circumference should be 40 – 45cms. The ribs should be well-sprung and the loins broad and muscular. The feet should be round, arched and well-padded, the front being larger than the back. The tail should be medium-set and long, reaching to the hock. At rest it should hang with the tip slightly raised and in movement carried slightly upwards. The dog should have a propulsive movement , brisk and vigorous with plenty of drive. The coat should be wavy with a silky sheen and clipped except on the upper part of the head, legs, ribcage and belly. The eyebrows should be prominent. The hair on the back and neck should be no more than 1.5cm long. Yellow and grey markings are allowed on the cheeks, underside of muzzle, neck, breast, lower parts of the legs and tail. A white collar or tail tip is permisssible.  
Country Of Origin
Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) 
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
40 - 60 minutes per day.
They enjoy exercise whether it is a game in the garden, a walk in the woods or a ramble through the countryside. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
A good-natured breed which is affectionate, adaptable and hardy. They adore company, be it family members, children or other household animals. They can, however, be somewhat cautious of strangers so early socialisation is important. They should also be socialised with other household pets and children from an early age.  
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
This dog has a soft wavy coat that requires a relative amount of attention. The family pet will probably need to be trimmed about 4-6 times a year, the show dog will need more frequent trimming. The longer hair on the face, legs and body will need to be brushed/combed several times a week whilst excess hair between the pads will need to be clipped. Any reasonably confident Cesky owner can learn to clip and groom their own dog. The ear passages should also be kept clean and loose hair removed regularly. This is a non-shedding breed and therefore are usually acceptable to people who suffer allergic reactions to dog. 
The Cesky Terrier is grey/blue in colour, although a very few light brown individuals have been known. White markings can also occur. Ceskys are always born black and the colouring comes later, sometimes after two years of age. 
Suffers From Allergies

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