(Czesky Terrier, Ceský Teriér, Bohemian Terrier) The Cesky Terrier is a short-legged breed of terrier with a comparatively long body. The breed’s physical appearance is similar to that of the Sealyham Terrier. Their body is solid and robust, yet it is not heavy. Their head is long, of average width, and features a well-defined stop. Their ears are triangular in shape and fold forward. The breed’s tail is left natural, and is typically 7 to 8 inches in length. The Cesky Terrier has a bushy beard, mustache, and eyebrows. Their coat is silky and wavy in texture, and it comes in a variety of colors. The coat is usually a shade of gray-blue with tan, white, gray, light coffee, or yellow furnishings. Puppies of this breed are born black, only to become lighter in color as they mature. White markings may or may not exist.
The Cesky Terrier is spunky, protective, calm, and playful. They are a very balanced dog and they do well with children. They are obedient, courageous, and loyal towards their family. The breed is considered to be more trainable than many other terrier breeds. They are easy to handle and they love people. They are feisty, fearless, and stubborn, but they are generally tolerant of strangers and easy to get along with. Cesky Terrier puppies should be socialized from an early age to ensure they grow up to be friendly and adaptable. The breed is easy to travel with and generally gets along well with other pets and animals. They are great companions as they are capable of playing with children in addition to guarding the home.
The Cesky Terrier is a hardy, healthy breed with no major health concerns or issues. They are not susceptible to any major hereditary diseases, though some Cesky Terriers have been known to get Scottie Cramp. Scottie Cramp is a minor problem that may cause awkward movement, but it is not painful or life-threatening. This breed typically lives for 12 to 15 years.
Though it says above that Ceskys are healthy, a rather large number die of cancer before 10 years of age.
The Cesky Terrier is the result of the efforts of a Czechoslovakian breeder named Frantisek Horak. The breed is comparatively new, and was given official recognition by the FCI in 1963. They are a mix between the Scottish Terrier and the Sealyham Terrier, and there is a possibility that other terriers, like the Dandie Dinmot, were added as well. During the 1980’s, breeders felt as though the Cesky Terrier had moved too far away from Mr. Horak’s initial intentions. As a result of this notion, the Cesky Terrier was crossed again with the Sealyham Terrier. The Cesky Terrier’s original purpose was to hunt vermin. They were fist imported to the United States in 1987. They are considered a rare breed. They have a number of natural talents including hunting, tracking, watching, guarding, and companionship.
The Cesky Terrier needs regular grooming. Hair should be left longer on the legs and stomach, and also around the face so that the moustache, eyebrows, and beard are full. While show dogs require frequent grooming, house pets only need to be trimmed four times per year. The long hair should be brushed and combed at least twice per week to prevent tangles. Excess hair between the pads of the feet should be clipped, and loose hair should be removed from the ear passages. The Cesky Terrier sheds little to no hair.
The Cesky Terrier is well-suited to life in a small household or apartment. They are comparatively active indoors and do not require a yard. They enjoy running and playing, and they like to go for walks on a lead. They have an average demand for physical activity.
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