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Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

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

Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
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.

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Key facts about the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

  • Life expectancy : Between 11 and 13 years
  • Temperament : Intelligent, Hunter
  • Size : Medium
  • Type of coat : Long

FCI Group

FCI Group

Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

Section

Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

Adult size

Female dog Between 23 and 24 in
Male dog Between 24 and 26 in

Weight

Female dog Between 49 and 62 lb
Male dog Between 62 and 75 lb

Coat colour

Often brown or roan (a faded mix of brown and white)

Type of coat

Mix of short and long.

Three types of coat adorn the Fousek: a soft, dense undercoat, a coarse topcoat and long, straight and coarse ‘guard hair’ (along the back and chest).

Eye colour

Dark amber to deep chestnut.

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.

Temperament

Affectionate

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

Playful

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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.

Calm

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This dog is not prone to undue nervousness.

Intelligent

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

Hunter

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

Fearful / wary of strangers

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

Independent

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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

Tolerates solitude

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

Easy to train / obedience

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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.

Barking

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

Tendency to run away

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A well-trained Fousek can be recalled.

Destructive

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

Greedy / Gluttony

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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.

Guard dog

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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.

First dog

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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.

Lifestyle

Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon in a flat

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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.

Need for exercise / Sporty

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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.

Travelling / easy to transport

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

Compatibility

Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and cats

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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.

Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and dogs

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Generally speaking the Fousek gets along with other dogs.

Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and children

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

Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and the elderly

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

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.

Hair loss

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

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

Withstand heat

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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

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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

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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

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.

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.

Names

Good names for a Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon: Drew, Loco, Spot, Xit

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