Asked Questions About the Cesky Terrier
How was the
Cesky Terrier developed?
The breed was
developed by Mr. Frantisek Horak,
of the Czech Republic. Mr. Horak crossed the Sealyham and Scottish
Terrier, and through careful and selective breeding, developed the
Cesky Terrier we know today.
Why was the
Cesky Terrier developed?
How long does a
Cesky Terrier live?
Mr. Horak wanted a
game dog that could go to ground and not "get stuck" as
his Scotties sometimes did, but one that was more amenable to
other dogs than most terriers so they could be used to hunt in
The life span is comparable to the parent
breeds. 10 -15 years is the norm.
What colors are
possible in the Cesky Terrier?
What is the
Cesky Terrier's temperament like? Are they good with
children and other pets?
Blue-gray (ranging from silver to dark
charcoal). Some are a uniform color, while others have lighter
markings (pale gray, yellow or cream) on the face and extremities.
Some white markings are permissible, but the basic color must
predominate. Puppies are born black and lighten over time. This
process can take up to 3 years. Light-coffee-brown (with puppies
born chocolate brown) is possible, but this color is extremely
Cesky Terriers are
very devoted to their families.
Outside the family, they can be reserved when meeting new people,
but are friendly with those they know. Unlike many
other terrier breeds, Cesky Terriers tend to get along with and
like other dogs. They are wonderful with people of all ages,
and seem to have a special affinity for children, particularly if
raised with them. Most do well with cats and other pets with proper introductions. They are excellent
house dogs—well mannered and anxious to please—and enjoy being
members of the family and being near the people they love.
For more information, please see the article on Cesky
grooming does a Cesky Terrier require?
Brushing/combing 1-2 times a week.
Clipping every 6-8 weeks. If you are not handy with clippers and
scissors, professional grooming is required. Cesky Terriers
are non-shedding, so regular grooming is required to keep the coat
mat-free. Clean the corner of the eyes frequently and remove
excess hair from the ear canal during bi-monthly grooming/clipping
session. Trim hair between foot pads and keep nails clipped
exercise does a Cesky Terrier require?
Moderate exercise is fine for most
Cesky Terriers. Because they are fairly small, much of their
exercise needs can even be met with a game of fetch indoors, but
all Cesky Terriers enjoy regular walks or time outdoors in a
fenced yard. They are quite an athletic breed considering
their size and build, and enjoy participating in most family
How big does an
adult Cesky Terrier get?
Most Cesky Terriers are between 16 and
22 lbs., with the females generally on the lower end of the range,
and males on the higher end. However they may be as little
as 13 lbs, and there are some that are as much as 30 lbs.
Condition also impacts adult weight.
Is the Cesky
Terrier AKC registered?
The Cesky Terrier is not yet
recognized by the American Kennel Club. However the Cesky
Terrier is part of the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS), which
registers rare breeds. Registries from all original US breed
clubs were turned over to AKC FSS and registered breeders
register all litters with the AKC-FSS registry.
Where can I show
my Cesky Terrier?
There are many
opportunities to show your Cesky Terrier in both conformation and
performance events. For more information on showing
in conformation and performance events, see Events.