Cesky Terrier

Other names: Bohemian Terrier

Cesky Terrier

The Cesky Terrier is the national dog of the Czech Republic. The word ‘Cesky’ is literally translated as ‘Czech’. It is an affectionate dog, one suited to life in most types of accommodation and with most types of family. If you treat the Cesky right and socialise the dog in its early years, you will bring up a beautiful, friendly companion. In fact it is likely you will never look at another breed again.

Key facts about the Cesky Terrier

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Temperament :

Affectionate Calm Hunter

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Origins and history

The Cesky was first bred in 1948 in what was then Czechoslovakia. It was originally a cross between the Sealyham Terrier and the Scottish Terrier. The breed was introduced into the UK in 1989 and two years later was registered as a pedigree by the Kennel Club. Its popularity since then has soared and it remains a firm favourite of dog lovers.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 3 - Terriers


Section 2 : Small sized Terriers

Physical characteristics of the Cesky Terrier

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    Adult size

    Female : Between 10 and 11 in

    Male : Between 11 and 13 in


    Female : Between 13 and 22 lb

    Male : Between 13 and 22 lb

    Coat colour

    Type of coat

    Eye colour



    The Cesky is stocky and well-built, short-legged but agile. Its head is long and blunt, ears set high and falling flat against the cheek. The tail is set low and reasonably long carried downwards at rest and up when active. The top line of the dog follows a gentle undulation from withers to croup.

    Good to know

    The Cesky retains a high prey drive from its days as a hunter. Socialisation, training and reinforcement ensure (as with all dogs) that whatever desire a dog has to chase an animal is kept to a bare minimum.


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      The Cesky is a loyal and affectionate dog; an amiable companion that enjoys being the centre of attention.

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      A playful dog, the Cesky enjoys interaction with family; this dog needs to be constantly occupied.

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      Although calmer and more mild-mannered than most terriers, the Cesky can still be tenacious and excitable.

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      The Cesky is capable of being trained to a high degree, but this needs to be done sensitively and with variety. Be consistent and confident with a Cesky and the rewards will be apparent.

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      The Cesky was bred to all manner of game both small and medium-sized; it is a courageous dog with a high prey drive.

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      The Cesky Terrier is not always welcoming of strangers; time and patience is needed when introducing the Cesky to visitors.

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      A thoroughly independent dog, the Cesky has a tendency to do its own thing if not properly managed.

      Behaviour of the Cesky Terrier

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        Tolerates solitude

        If a Cesky is left alone it will become destructive and noisy. The breed does not tolerate solitude.

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        Easy to train / obedience

        Cesky Terriers do not appreciate being told what to do; training should be forceful yet not overly harsh.

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        Cesky Terriers are thought to be less active and quieter than other terriers.

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        Tendency to run away

        The Cesky is stubborn and enjoys doing things the Cesky Way. Letting this breed of dog off a lead outside can sometimes be dangerous; even the best-trained Cesky can lose focus.

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        If it finds itself in an enclosed space or at home for long periods of time without exercise and fresh air the Cesky will become destructive.

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        Greedy / Gluttony

        The Cesky enjoys its food. This dog very easily gains weight if intake is not monitored.

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        Guard dog

        The Cesky’s voice is an excellent early warning system. Someone close to the house - stranger or not - will cause this dog to bark.

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        First dog

        The Cesky Terrier is a good choice for first time dog owners because it is easily-managed and obedient.

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          Cesky Terrier in a flat

          If given enough exercise a Cesky will suit life in a flat. Access to an outside garden would be preferable.

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          Need for exercise / Sporty

          Unlike other terriers the Cesky needs only a moderate amount of exercise.

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          Travelling / easy to transport

          A well-trained Cesky is usually obedient. It is comfortable with new surroundings and enjoys new experiences.


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            Cesky Terrier and cats

            The Cesky will chase unfamiliar cats. A cat that is brought up alongside the Cesky will fare better.

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            Cesky Terrier and dogs

            The Cesky can be wary of other dogs. Socialisation and puppy classes help to address such issues.

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            Cesky Terrier and children

            The Cesky tolerates boisterous and energetic behaviour. Young children should learn what to look out for of a dog that has reached its limit of tolerance.

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            Cesky Terrier and the elderly

            Because it is a dog that does not require too much exercise, and enjoys company, the Cesky would suit an elderly owner.



            A KC Registered Cesky Terrier will cost £1,200 and up. You’re also looking at between £20 and £30 per month to care for this dog.


            Regularly grooming is essential of this dog; ideally a daily brush to remove matts and tangles from the coat. Regular trips to a professional groomer (four times a year) are called for.


            Shedding is moderate.

            Nutrition of the Cesky Terrier

            The Cesky requires a wholesome mix of protein and calories from a high-quality dog food. Refer to the dog food manufacturer’s nutritional guidance when feeding your dog.

            Health of the Cesky Terrier

            Life expectancy

            12 to 14 years

            Strong / robust

            The Cesky Terrier is a hardy and resilient dog that has been successfully bred as a pedigree for generations. Kennel clubs have some concerns about possible congenital abnormalities of dentition.

            Withstand heat

            The Cesky will not tolerate hot weather. Its thick coat causes the dog to be particularly unhappy during the summer months.

            Withstand cold

            The coat of the Cesky keeps the dog warm in the rain and snow. Dry the dog thoroughly after a long and wet walk.

            Tendency to put on weight

            Weight gain is often seen of the Cesky; these dogs have a huge appetite and will eat to obesity.

            Common illnesses

            • Cardiac issues
            • Cataracts
            • Patellar Luxation
            • Scottie Cramp
            • Thyroid issues
            • Tooth decay
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