Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

Other names: Cesky Fousek, Rough-coated Bohemian Fousek, Barbu tcheque

Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

The Český Fousek was originally bred in the Czech Republic (Český means ‘Czech’). It is still used in Eastern Europe as a retriever and a pointer and it is especially suited to wetland hunting. The Fousek is rare outside of its native lands but its popularity as a companion dog is on the rise.

Key facts about the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

Life expectancy :

6

18

11

13

Temperament :

Intelligent Hunter

Size :

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Origins and history

A popular Pointer dog for centuries, the Fousek almost became extinct in the First World War. Since the end of that conflict breeding has been reinstated and continues to this day. The popularity of the Fousek outside of its native lands continues to rise.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

Section

Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

  • Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
    Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
  • Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
    Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
  • Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
    Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
  • Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
    Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

    Adult size

    Female : Between 23 and 24 in

    Male : Between 24 and 26 in

    Weight

    Female : Between 49 and 62 lb

    Male : Between 62 and 75 lb

    Coat colour

    Type of coat

    Eye colour

    Brown

    Description

    A well-built and muscular but elegant-looking dog. The appearance is one of strength and stamina. The legs of the dog are generally straight and feathered and its feet are partially webbed.  The head has a slight dome-shape; the ears are broad, set high on the skull and hang close to the cheek.

    Good to know

    The facial furnishings of the Fousek are what give the dog its distinctive look. The feathering has the appearance of bushy eyebrows and a beard.

    Temperament

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      Affectionate

      An affectionate dog. Despite its hunting heritage it does not have an aggressive tilt.

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      Playful

      Young at heart (the Fousek retains its puppy-like joie de vivre until the age of three), it will enjoy as much play as its owner can afford.

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      Calm

      This dog is not prone to undue nervousness.

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      Intelligent

      An intelligent dog is the Fousek; this dog has a thirst to learn.

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      Hunter

      This breed has a natural hunting instinct but it is also a docile and gentle companion.

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      He is neither aggressive nor fearful and is not suspicious of strangers.

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      Independent

      This dog is independent but it is not wilful; its independence begets little need for instruction. It is generally quick to obey.

      Behaviour of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

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        Tolerates solitude

        Fouseks do not tolerate solitude. Separation anxiety is seen of dogs that are left alone for long periods of time.

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        Easy to train / obedience

        The Fousek is easy to train. However training must be done properly and consistently; at all times the trainer must make an effort to hold the attention of the Fousek.

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        Barking

        This dog tends to bark to excess; humane and considered correction may be needed to eradicate this behaviour.

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        Tendency to run away

        A well-trained Fousek can be recalled.

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        Destructive

        The Fousek is destructive if unhappy. It also has a tendency to dig into the ground.

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        Greedy / Gluttony

        Fouseks need two meals a day of high-quality dog food, ideally formulated for active dogs. The breed is prone to obesity if fed too many treats or too much human food.

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        Guard dog

        This breed is a good watchdog; it will alert you to there being someone near the house and will bark. Its ‘big dog’ bark has a tendency to ward off undesirable callers.

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        First dog

        The Fousek is a suitable first dog due to its amenable nature and trainability. Inexperienced dog owners should be alert to the vital need to exercise this dog constantly in order to avoid it falling into a cycle of antisocial behaviour.

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        Lifestyle

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          Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon in a flat

          Even a well-fenced shared garden is an insufficient provision for this dog. They can escape from confined gardens. Flat living is not for this dog.

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          Need for exercise / Sporty

          The Fousek is an energetic dog. It requires upwards of 90 minutes exercise every day. If it is not exercised enough the dog’s behaviour will lean towards antisocial.

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          Travelling / easy to transport

          Once trained, a Fousek is exceptionally obedient and comfortable with new experiences. It is a dog that thrives on adventure and travel.

          Compatibility

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            Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and cats

            It will not do to house this dog with a non-canine animal. There is a danger that the dog’s hunting heritage may displace its reasoning and goodwill.

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            Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and dogs

            Generally speaking the Fousek gets along with other dogs.

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            Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and children

            A Fousek is boisterous and energetic and it may accidentally knock over a small child (incidentally, do not berate the dog for doing this).

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            Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and the elderly

            Because it is a dog that requires such a lot of exercise, owning a Fousek is not recommended for people of senior years.

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            Price

            We do not have enough data to set an average price for a Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon. You’re also looking at between £180 to £210 per month to care for this dog.

            Grooming

            Brush the Fousek every day with a firm bristle brush. Bathe this dog only when necessary and then dry it thoroughly.

            Shedding

            The coat of the Fousek moults and may cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to dog hairs.

            Nutrition of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

            The Fousek’s diet should consist of good amounts of protein and fat.

            Health of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

            Life expectancy

            11 to 13 years 

            Strong / robust

            The Fousek is an active and adventurous dog that likes nothing better than a day of outdoor exploration.

            Withstand heat

            The warm and wiry coat of the Fousek makes this dog intolerant of hot temperatures. Make sure there is plenty of fresh water on hand for this dog at all times.

            Withstand cold

            Although the Fousek enjoys cold weather walks, it is susceptible to chills. Dry and warm up the dog thoroughly after a particularly wet walk.

            Tendency to put on weight

            If the Fousek is not exercised as regularly as it should be and is fed too much human or substandard food it will quickly become obese.

            Common illnesses

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