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Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier, also known as Ceský Teriér or Bohemian Terrier, is a sweet, playful, responsive dog that is comparatively less aggressive and more peaceful than other terrier dogs. The dog is strong, sturdy and characterized by a great deal of stamina. Cesky Terrier was originally developed by Czechoslovakian Geneticist, Frantisek Horak to breed a tough little dog, narrow enough to get into burrows and dens.

The breed was developed after several cross breedings of Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier dog breeds. These dogs were primarily used for the purpose of hunting rats, foxes and other vermin in their dens. The breed was specifically developed to hunt in groups. These gentle dogs are always willing to please their owners and hence make delightful family pets.

Physical Appearance

Appearance wise, the lovely Cesky Terrier dogs are quite similar to Sealyham Terriers. The body of these short legged adorable dogs is longer than it is tall. The strong and moderately long neck is set firmly on the shoulders.

Color of the well developed nose tends to be black in grey colored dogs and brown in case of liver colored dogs. Similarly, the color of the almond shaped, medium-sized eyes can be black or brown, depending on the color of the hair coat. The high set ears are triangular in shape, with forward rim of the ears lying close to the cheeks.

Color: These dogs come in a variety of colors like white, grey, grey blue, light coffee, tan and other similar shades.
Height: The average height of Cesky Terrier dog breed is 10 to 13 inches in height.
Weight: Both male as well as female Cesky Terriers are usually 13 to 23 pounds in weight.

Health Problems

These dogs are mostly healthy but still prone to a disease called Scottie Camp Syndrome that tends to restrict movement of the dog. It is a minor health problem that is not considered life threatening.

Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of these dogs is 12 to 15 years.
Litter Size: 2 to 6 puppies

Grooming Requirements

Cesky Terrier grooming calls for weekly brushing and combing of the long, silky and slightly wavy coat. Longer coat may require to be brushed more frequently, at least two times in a week. Hair coat needs to be clipped (not stripped) at least four times in a year. The hair around bushy moustache, beard, eyebrows, stomach and legs should not be clipped.

Dogs being used for show purposes need to be groomed and maintained more frequently. Grooming activities also include trimming the toenails, trimming the hair between paw pads, checking and cleaning the eyes and ears etc. These dogs do not shed much.


Cesky Terrier temperament is loyal, brave, playful, cheerful, easy-going, obedient and intelligent. These sociable dogs love to play with children. They also get along well with other pets in the house because they were originally meant to work in packs. Though stubborn and independent at times, these dogs are still considered easy to train.

In addition, Cesky Terrier puppies need to be socialized right from the beginning to avoid behavioral problems, especially shyness. These alert dogs can be reserved with strangers. They make wonderful companion dogs and tend to be devoted to one member of the family.

Besides, these dogs serve as excellent watchdogs too. They are likely to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for longer durations. Generally, the dogs tend to be more territorial and extrovert as compared to the bitches.

Key Points

These cheerful and adaptable dogs tend to be quiet indoors and energetic outdoors. They require moderate amount of exercise. Therefore, Cesky Terriers need to be taken for long daily walks and make good jogging companions.

Moreover, these even tempered dogs enjoy playing and running in open areas. Interactive play sessions also provide adequate mental stimulation. They are moderately active indoors and do well in apartment situation even without a yard. Cesky Terrier dogs are more common in Germany and other Scandinavian countries than USA.