By Macy Gen Veterinary AssistantMacy Gen Last updated: 18th October 2022

Cesky Terrier


Macy Gen Veterinary Assistant Macy Gen
Last updated: 18th October 2022

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.

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Quick Information

Other NamesCesky Terrier, Bohemian Terrier
CoatFine, soft, wavy, silky
ColorGray, 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
GroupTerriers, Rare dogs. Gun dog
Lifespan12 to 15 years
Height10 to 13 inches
Weight13 to 23 pounds
Litter size2-4 puppies
Behavioral CharacteristicsLoyal, sweet, friendly, robust, hardy and brave
Good with ChildrenMostly suitable particularly if brought up with them
Climate CompatibilityPreferably cool climate
BarkingDeep, loud bark especially while warning its owner about the presence of an intruder.
Competitive Registration Qualification/ InformationUKC, FCI, KCGB, CKC ( Continental Kennel Club), NKC, CKC ( Canadian Kennel Club), CET, ANKC, ACTC, ACR, APRI, NAPR, ACA, AKC
CountryCzech Republic

Cesky Terrier Puppies Video


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.

Breed recognition details

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.

Temperament or Personality

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 apartment life is well-suited for them, the Ceskies would need an adequate amount of exercise to be physically fit and mentally stimulated. If you have a garden or yard, allow your pet to run around freely or even engage him in chasing or fetching a ball, which he would enjoy a lot. You can even take it on a brisk walk or jog regularly. Leaving it alone without much activity for a prolonged period may bore your Cesky Terrier, provoking him to resort to nuisance barking and other destructive activities.


This breed needs to be groomed on a regular basis to keep their coat clean. Besides brushing an adult Cesky’s coat one to two times in a week, trim it after 4 to 6 weeks to keep it in good condition, barring the hair present on its stomach, legs and face. If yours is a show dog, then go to a professional groomer, who would neatly clip its hair using electrical clippers. Other basic care include monthly trimming of its nails, frequent brushing of its teeth and wiping its ears to ward off infections.

Health Problems

One of the common problems that this breed tends to encounter is Scotty Cramp that may affect its movement. They might be prone to suffer from an eye condition namely lens luxation, that their Sealyham Terrier parent might be afflicted with. It is also essential to check the Cesky Terrier for other concerns like thyroid, cardiac problems, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.


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.

  • Try controlling its discomfort towards strangers since puppyhood by acquainting it with different people and varying experiences, so that it might know when to bark and whom to welcome in a pleasant way. Ask guests who are regular at your place to carry a treat while interacting with the puppy, so that it gets accustomed to them.
  • Keeping its chasing instincts in mind leash training is mandatory.
  • Train him on commands mainly “Stop,” “Pause” and “Come,” so that when it is on the run, hearing your orders may prevent him from carrying on with his mischief.
  • Start clicker training at the earliest if you want to train the Cesky Terrier as a show dog. While asking your dog to do something, click, let it respond and then give it the treat. Repeat it close to thirty times or even more till he gets to draw a relation between the two and in case he does not respond after you click do not give him his goodies.


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.

Interesting Facts

  • Out of the six rarest breeds in the world, the Cesky Terrier too has a position.

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