Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier
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In my own words


I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I’m a typical terrier. You’re thinking that I race around like a rocket all day and night, I have too much energy and I can be highly strung. Well, let me tell you something. You’re wrong! I’m not like other terriers – I’m calm, relaxed and easy going. Sure, I have stamina and endurance, but I can’t go on forever like a Jack Russell can, I’m much more reserved and well mannered.

I’m much better with kids than my terrier cousins too, all because of my more relaxed nature. So, if you’ve got a family of little ones you can rest assured I’m going to take care of them. Don’t worry; I can be really gentle when I want to be and I’m incredibly protective of my family, so I won’t let any harm come to them!


My ideal owner(s)




People who like walks

People who like short jogs

City folk


What they say about me


Calm and easy going

Full of stamina

Loyal companion


Occasionally stubborn


Please read on to find out more about me, and whether I’ll be someone you’ll be happy to live with for the next 12 - 14 years!


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Information essential about the Cesky Terrier


Kennel Club Group:



Small: Weight Male 18 lb (8 kg) Female 15 .5 lb (7 kg)

Height Male 12” (30.5 cm) Female 11” (28 cm)




The Cesky Terrier is very a rare breed, and is one of the sixth rarest breeds in the world. However, in Scandinavia, Germany and Holland, where the Cesky Terrier originates from, it is much more popular and a fairly well-known breed of dog.


Breed History:


Also referred to as the Bohemian terrier, the Cesky Terrier originates from the Czech Republic, where the breed was developed by geneticist Frantisek Horak in the 1930s.

Horak bred the Scottish and Sealyham Terriers in order to produce the Cesky, as he wanted a terrier which would be capable of hunting in a pack in the forests of Bohemia, whilst also being a loving family pet and suitable show dog. It wasn’t until 1950 that his dream was realised and the first Cesky Terrier litter was born. In 1963 the Cesky Terrier was recognized for competition by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, and the breed is now recognised by all English speaking Kennel Clubs throughout the world.



Though the Cesky is less energetic than other terriers and has a calm nature, he still has plenty of stamina and enthusiasm. He’s been bred to hunt and will love a good chase, as his prey drive is fairly high. It’s important to allow your Cesky Terrier plenty of opportunities to run around, burn up his energy and be mentally as well as physically stimulated, so a daily walk is essential. Otherwise you may find yourself with a Cesky who is bored, which means he’ll be barking a lot and may become destructive in order to entertain himself. Your Cesky absolutely adores human companionship and thrives on your company, so you can expect him to be by your side at all times, staying completely devoted to you



Your Cesky is a very special kind of terrier as he was bred to be less aggressive than other terrier breeds. The result is a calm, relaxed and easy going terrier which is affectionate, loving and loyal. Your Cesky Terrier gets on well with people of all ages, making him a wonderful pet for families with children, and he’s also perfectly happy to be around other dogs. Cesky Terriers have a protective streak which makes them excellent watch and guard dogs, as they always want to be sure that you, your family and your home are completely safe. However, their instinct to protect can make them wary of strangers so it’s important to socialise your Cesky Terrier from an early age in order to avoid timidity around visitors.




A small dog, the Cesky Terrier is low set, strong and with a sturdy frame. The body is longer than it is tall. The Cesky Terrier has a distinctive long head with a slightly arched skull and slight stop, with the jaw forming a scissor bite. Viewed from above, the head should form a long triangular shape. The Cesky’s eyes should be medium sized, deep set and black or brown in blue-grey dogs and light brown in brown dogs. The nostrils should be black. The ears should be high set, triangular and hang low. The slightly arched neck shows loose skin at the throat and meets muscular shoulders. The forelegs are straight and the front feet larger than the back feet, which are all round and well padded. The tail is long and hangs with the tip slightly raised. The Cesky terrier has a single coat which is wavy and soft and features a bushy moustache, beard and eyebrows.




The Cesky Terrier’s coat comes in tones of grey-blue, with possible tan, grey, white or yellow markings, or a light coffee shade. Puppies are actually born a black colour which lightens within two years of age.



Your Cesky Terrier is intelligent and obedient, however he does have a strong stubborn side and a wilful streak which can make him difficult to train if training isn’t fun, consistent and rewarding. Socialisation and obedience training from an early age is recommended in order to get the best out of your Cesky Terrier. Be sure to use reward based training methods and positive reinforcement, or your Cesky may become uncooperative



Your Cesky Terrier’s silky, wavy coat sheds little to no hair, making the breed a good choice for those who suffer from allergies. The Cesky needs to be trimmed on a regular basis, around four to six times every year. The longer hair around the face, legs and body needs a comb or brush on a daily basis and the hair in the ears passages and between the paw pads should be clipped as and when necessary.




The Cesky Terrier is a hardy breed with no major hereditary illnesses and an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. However, they are prone to a health problem called Scottie Cramp which, although the condition isn’t life threatening or painful, can restrict movement for your Cesky. The Cesky Terrier may also be prone to eye issues and back problems, due to their short legs and long backs. Your Cesky will be more prone to back trouble if he is overweight, so be sure to give him a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.


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The following grid gives a fast track review which covers all breeds. You can apply it to help you decide if a Cesky Terrier is suitable for you, the environment where you live, your personality and your lifestyle. On the grid, 1 = strongly disagree, and 5 = strongly agree. For example, if you are looking for a dog that is suitable for someone with allergies, look down the list under ‘grooming’ and you will see that Cesky Terriers are very hypoallergenic, scoring 5. If you are looking for a dog that doesn’t moult a lot, look the same heading and you’ll see a Cesky Terrier would be an excellent choice, scoring 1 under ‘moults a lot’. You might like to save or print off this section and keep it for reference while you check some other breeds before making your choice.


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Noahs Breed Rating | Community Breed Rating

Good jogging companion4/5
Good walking companion5/5
Likes water/swimming3/5
Likes learning new tricks3/5
Likes to hunt5/5
Likes to fetch5/5
Good gundog/retriever3/5
Barks a lot5/5
Gets easily jealous4/5
Friendly with strangers3/5
Expensive to insure4/5
Expensive to feed1/5
Happy to sleep outside1/5
Prefers countryside3/5
Suits urban environment5/5
Prefers temperate climate5/5
Prefers hot climate3/5
Prefers cold climate3/5
Moults a lot1/5
Requires lots of grooming4/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly5/5
Ideal for singles3/5
Ideal for couples with no children4/5
Ideal for family with children4/5
Good watch dog5/5
Good guard dog4/5
Good with other pets2/5
Good with other dogs4/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs2/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs3/5
Requires lots of exercise3/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners4/5
Good for experienced owners4/5
Good recall4/5
Easy to train3/5
Good jogging companion0/5
Good walking companion0/5
Likes water/swimming0/5
Likes learning new tricks0/5
Likes to hunt0/5
Likes to fetch0/5
Good gundog/retriever0/5
Barks a lot0/5
Gets easily jealous0/5
Friendly with strangers0/5
Expensive to insure0/5
Expensive to feed0/5
Happy to sleep outside0/5
Prefers countryside0/5
Suits urban environment0/5
Prefers temperate climate0/5
Prefers hot climate0/5
Prefers cold climate0/5
Moults a lot0/5
Requires lots of grooming0/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly0/5
Ideal for singles0/5
Ideal for couples with no children0/5
Ideal for family with children0/5
Good watch dog0/5
Good guard dog0/5
Good with other pets0/5
Good with other dogs0/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs0/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs0/5
Requires lots of exercise0/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners0/5
Good for experienced owners0/5
Good recall0/5
Easy to train0/5

*PLEASE NOTE: All our breed profiles are general, and all dogs are individuals. Always talk to the breeders and meet the owners you are buying from. Try to meet the dog and its parents if it is a puppy in their home environment.

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