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Cesky Terrier

Other names: Bohemian Terrier

Cesky 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.

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Key facts about the Cesky Terrier

  • Life expectancy : Between 12 and 14 years
  • Temperament : Affectionate, Calm, Hunter
  • Size : Small
  • Type of coat : Long
  • Price : Around £1200

FCI Group

FCI Group

Group 3 - Terriers

Section

Section 2 : Small sized Terriers

Physical characteristics of the Cesky Terrier

Adult size

Female dog Between 10 and 11 in
Male dog Between 11 and 13 in

Weight

Female dog Between 13 and 22 lb
Male dog Between 13 and 22 lb

Coat colour

There are two colours of coat seen of the Cesky: grey-blue and coffee-brown. Of both, markings may be present of yellow, grey or white.

Type of coat

Their hair is long 

The fur of the Cesky is long, fine, firm and wavy; distinguishing marks of the Cesky are its silky beard and eyebrows.

Eye colour

Brown or dark brown in grey-blue coated dogs, light brown in light-coffee-brown dogs.

Description

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.

Temperament

Affectionate

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

Playful

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

Calm

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

Intelligent

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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.

Hunter

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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.

Fearful / wary of strangers

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

Independent

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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

Tolerates solitude

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

Easy to train / obedience

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

Barking

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

Tendency to run away

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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.

Destructive

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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.

Greedy / Gluttony

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

Guard dog

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

First dog

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

Lifestyle

Cesky Terrier in a flat

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

Need for exercise / Sporty

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

Travelling / easy to transport

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

Compatibility

Cesky Terrier and cats

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

Cesky Terrier and dogs

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

Cesky Terrier and children

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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.

Cesky Terrier and the elderly

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

Price

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.

Grooming

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.

Hair loss

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

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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

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

Withstand cold

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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

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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

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.

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.

Names

Good names for a Cesky Terrier: Cricket, Hilton, Lea, Rax

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