The Cesky Terrier is a small sized hunting breed, developed by crossing the Scottish and Sealyham Terrier. Characterized by a well-muscled, appropriately pigmented body, short legs, triangular-shaped ears that are high set and folded, light or dark brown almond-shaped eyes, and a white-tipped natural tail, these canines serve as a remarkable companion and guard dog.
|Other Names||Cesky Terrier, Bohemian Terrier|
|Coat||Fine, soft, wavy, silky|
|Color||Gray, bluish-gray, platinum-gray, black or brown coat with black coffee brown or yellow markings on its head, chest, neck, limbs, beard and cheeks, and white tips on its tail|
|Group||Terriers, Rare dogs. Gun dog|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Height||10 to 13 inches|
|Weight||13 to 23 pounds|
|Litter size||2-4 puppies|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Loyal, sweet, friendly, robust, hardy and brave|
|Good with Children||Mostly suitable particularly if brought up with them|
|Climate Compatibility||Preferably cool climate|
|Barking||Deep, loud bark especially while warning its owner about the presence of an intruder.|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/ Information||UKC, FCI, KCGB, CKC ( Continental Kennel Club), NKC, CKC ( Canadian Kennel Club), CET, ANKC, ACTC, ACR, APRI, NAPR, ACA, AKC|
The credit of developing the Cesky Terrier goes to Frantisek Horak, a Czech breeder who was on the lookout for a versatile breed that could be used as hunting packs along the Bohemian forests as well as possess show-dog qualities. To put his thoughts into actions, in 1948, crossed a female Scottish Terrier, Donka Lovuzdar that was a hunting as well as a show dog to Buganier Urquelle, a Sealyham Terrier hunting breed. The resulting breed gradually came to be known as the Cesky Terrier with the first litter being born in 1950. In fact, Horak also went a step ahead and implemented a new haircut by using scissors and clippers to make it look slim and flaunt its soft coat and muscles.
The FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) recognized it in the Group 3 Terrier category for international competition. According to the FCI standards protruding or big eyes, very big or tiny ears, long or short back, crooked forelegs, too aggressive or very shy nature, and curled tail or that carried to its back are some of the faults.
A group of dog enthusiasts imported the Cesky Terrier to the US during the 1980s, also forming the Cesky Terrier Club in 1988. With its growing popularity, it gained eligibility on 1st January 2014 for joining the AKC Foundation Stock Service Program also being allowed for competing in the AKC Earth Dog tests. AKC also gave recognition to the American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association as this breeds parent club. However, the Cesky Terrier Club still has a significant role for the purpose of promoting the breed in the United States.
It attained popularity in the United Kingdom in the year 1989, recognized as a rare breed by the Kennel Club on 1st January 2000.
The Cesky Terrier has a reputation of being laid back and low on energy in comparison to the other terriers, however, he is high on stamina and enthusiasm.
They possess a calm and relaxed disposition, also being very inclined and loyal to the members of their family. These happy dogs bond well with children, especially if brought up with them in the same household.
Though not aggressive, they have an alert, protective and courageous nature, emitting a loud bark at the instant they spot a stranger in their territory, warning their owner of the same, therefore emerging as an effective watchdog.
Because of their hunting instincts, these dogs are great chasers, always inclined to run after a game and kill them. Unlike other Terrier breeds, they are said to get along well with other dogs in the family, though make sure they are properly socialized to mingle with each other.
Though this is an intelligent breed, they have some amount of stubbornness and independent attitude inherent in them that might at times make training a little challenging. Moreover, try making the training method a little interesting by adding positive reinforcement ways and a little bit of fun since boredom descends upon them quickly.
Give your pet three-fourth to one and a half cup of dry dog food on a regular basis. Also, include other nutritious food to its diet as an evening snack nor a treat after consulting with the vet.