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March 9, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Cesky Terrier

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  • Height: 10"- 13”
  • Weight: 13-23 pounds
  • Historical function: Pack hunter in the forests of Bohemia.
  • Modern function: Companion
  • AKC classification: Terrier

Physical Characteristics:

The Cesky Terrier (pronounced CHESS-key) is a moderately long dog with short legs. They have natural flopped ears and the low-set tail is not docked. When kept in a show cut, the muzzle, brows, legs and chest are kept long with the face, back and tail shaved short. The silky coat may be in shades of gray from charcoal to platinum.

History of the Breed:

The Cesky Terrier was developed in 1948 in Czechoslovakia by a research assistant named František Horák. He used his scientific knowledge to create a breed suitable for hunting in the forests of Bohemia. He selected the Sealyham Terrier and crossed it with a Scottish Terrier to create this breed. The Dandie Dinmont was also possibly included. As Horák's breed became more popular, mail from around the world brought him under suspicion of the communist regime and secret police. Today the Cesky Terrier is considered to be one of the 6th most rare dog breeds. 


The Cesky Terrier can be prone to being concerned with strangers, so they require socialization with lots of new positive situations and types of people. This tendency does make this breed an excellent watchdog. The Cesky is considered to be more calm than many other terriers but does like to dig. They are patient, obedient, and cheerful. They are loyal and good with children.

  • Best suited for: Most families including those with allergies as the Cesky sheds little to no hair. Can do okay without a yard in an apartment when sufficiently exercised. Makes a good travel companion.
  • Preferred living conditions: The Cesky prefers having a secure fenced-in yard to explore and exercise in.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Expect to have this dog professionally clipped monthly and brush the coat twice weekly.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, needs average exercise.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: Generally healthy, but may be prone to the Scottie Cramp, which temporarily causes awkward movement.

Breed Club Links: The American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association, Inc. Perfect Pairings: Master Grooming Tools Ergonomic Slicker Brush

Have any stories about a Cesky Terrier? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

tippy on March 10 at 7:09 PM said:

Was not familiar with the Cesky Terrier, but I like the sleek look of the Cesky and other facts about them. I'm surprised that this breed is good with children considering the report says they are "concerned with strangers." This sounds like they are wary of strangers and others getting too close to family members. Forgive me for commenting on the new "Yellow Dog Project" but I had a Dalmatian who was so protective that she would attack any animal that got near. The yellow dog project would have worked great with her. She was a great companion with service dog instincts, easily trained, smart, and loyal. Raised from a small pup, she had a massive stroke at age 15 1/2 and died. Terrible loss after being so close to her or so many years. Thank you for educating and promoting the breeds and also working on new projects for the safety and protection of other more assertive breeds.

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