The Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier are the ancestors of the Cesky Terrier, a native of the Czech Republic. The Cesky Terrier was developed as a vermin hunter, but because of their loving nature, moderate exercise requirements, and small size, they also make wonderful companion dogs. Despite being purebred dogs, you might find them in shelters and rescues.
Don’t forget to adopt! If you want to bring a dog home, avoid shopping. These little dogs love to cuddle and play with their owners. They are able to adapt to apartment life due to their small size and moderate exercise requirements. They even get along well with new pet owners and learn how to be trained fairly quickly.
They can keep up with active family members and participate in a variety of dog sports in addition to enjoying cuddling on the couch. For a complete list of Cesky Terrier characteristics and information, see below!
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Cesky Terrier – Mixed Dog Breed Characteristics
|Adapts Well To Apartment Living||*****|
|Good For Novice Owners||****|
|Tolerates Being Alone||***|
|Tolerates Cold Weather||***|
|Tolerates Hot Weather||***|
|All Around Friendliness||***|
|Affectionate With Family||*****|
|Friendly Toward Strangers||***|
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|Potential For Playfulness||*****|
|Dog Breed Group:||Terrier Dogs|
|Height:||10 to 13 inches|
|Weight:||13 to 30 pounds|
|Life Span:||12 to 15 years|
The Cesky (pronounced “chess-key”) was developed in 1948 in what was then Czechoslovakia as the offspring of a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Sealyham Terrier with the aim of creating a dog that could go after vermin without getting stuck in their dens. The Cesky, who is more laid-back than most terriers, requires moderate amounts of exercise.
Additionally, unlike many other terriers, they have the benefit of a soft coat that can be clipped rather than stripped, which involves manually plucking dead hairs. They are devoted and loving but also sufficiently fit to participate in agility, obedience, tracking, and earthdog trials. The Cesky is an effective therapy dog as well. Children and other animals get along well with them, especially if they were raised with them.
The Czech Republic, formerly known as Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, and finally the Cesky (also known as Bohemian Terrier), can be proud of a long and illustrious history of dog breeding. The custom dates back to at least the fourteenth century, when Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, maintained a magnificent kennel that was well-known throughout the world.
The Cesky story, however, actually starts during World War II, not the Middle Ages. The Doberman Pinscher and Boykin Spaniel are two breeds that were created by a single person, as was the Cesky (pronounced “chess-kee,” which means Czech). Frantisek Horak, a Czech breeder, sportsman, and geneticist who grew up hunting in the forests outside of Prague, was the visionary in this case.
He was born in the middle of the 20th century. Horak developed a thorough breeding plan. His ideal dog was one that was as gentle and obedient around the house as a retrieving dog, but could also go to the ground and kill a rat like a true terrier and work in packs like hounds on larger game. Because that is essentially what the Cesky is, it may appear to be a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Sealyham Terrier.
Horak spent many years carefully combining Scotties and Sealys to produce the dog of his dreams. (At least one canine historian hypothesizes that Horak at some point mixed wirehaired Dachshund and Dandie Dinmont Terrier into the genetic pool.) Horak was undoubtedly the embodiment of the proverb “Like dog, like master” in Czech.
As the AKC Gazette put it in a 2011 article, “Horak persevered through World War II and a communist revolution with terrier-like determination to create his vision of a new hunting breed.” The first importation of ceskys occurred in the late 1980s, and the breed was recognized by the AKC in 2011.
Cesky Terriers can weigh up to 30 pounds and stand 10 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, though the majority weigh between 16 and 22 pounds.
Coat Design and Maintenance
The soft, bluish-gray coat of Cesky Terriers ranges in color from silver to dark charcoal. Puppies are entirely black, and over the first few years of life, the coat becomes lighter. They have the advantage of having a soft coat that can be clipped, as opposed to many other terriers who require hand-stripping (plucking dead hairs by hand). Weekly brushing and trimming are required for the Cesky coat every six to eight weeks.