Cesky Terrier - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Cesky Terrier

General Information - Cesky Terrier



12-15 years




Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

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Date of Origin:

Other Names:
Czesky Terrier, Bohemian Terrier

Original Function:
killing vermin


The Cesky Terrier exists due to the efforts of a Czechoslovakian breeder named Frantisek Horak. The Cesky is a relatively new breed, first recognised by the FCI in 1963. They are a mixture of Sealyham and Scottish Terriers possibly with other terriers added. The Dandie Dinmont is thought by some to be one of these other terriers. In the 80s breeders felt that the Cesky Terrier had moved to far away from the way Mr Horak wanted them to be, so they again crossed in Sealyham Terriers. The Cesky's original purpose was to hunt vermin in their dens, especially rats and foxes. Horak tired to produce a breed with a narrower head and chest, and a softer coat than other terriers, so it would be easier for the dog to enter burrows. He also bred for an easy-going temperament, making the Cesky Terrier a delightful companion dog.


The Cesky Terrier is playful yet protective, sporty yet calm. A sweet and happy dog that is good with children. Patient and brave, they are very loyal, obedient and courageous dogs. It is intelligent and more trainable than many other terriers. They love people, especially children and are fairly friendly with strangers, but like most terriers, it is feisty, stubborn and fearless. This sociable dog gets along well with other dogs and with other household animals. A good dog to travel with, it is an excellent companion dog that is capable of playing with children, yet at the same time being an attentive and threatening house guard.


The Cesky Terrier enjoys running and playing through a wooded area or open countryside. They will also enjoy a long walk on the lead. They are small, but will make a fairly good jogging companion. Ceskys have an average demand for exercise. The Cesky should be trimmed regularly, leaving the hair long on the stomach and legs and around the face to form the moustache, beard, and eyebrows. For pet dogs it will need to be trimmed at least four times a year. Show dogs require more frequent grooming. Cesky Terriers are clipped with electric clippers, not stripped like most other terriers. The longer hair needs to be brushed and combed at least twice a week, depending on the condition of the coat, to prevent tangles. This breed sheds little to no hair.

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