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Cesky Terrier

Gentle national dog of the Czech Republic


The Cesky Terrier (pronounce it “chess-kee,” meaning Czech) is a breed born of the vision of one person – Czech breeder, sportsman, and geneticist Frantisek Horak. His ideal was a dog that could go to ground and dispatch a rat like a true terrier, but could also work in packs like hounds on bigger game, while being as gentle and obedient at home as retrievers. Horak employed judicious crosses of Scottish and Sealyham Terriers over many years (starting in the late 1940’s) to create the dog of his dreams. Some experts suggests that, at some point, Horak introduced Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Wirehaired Dachshund into the genetic mix. While the Cesky is currently recognized by all of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world, it is one of the six rarest dog breeds in the world.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Bohemian Terrier, Czech Terrier


Playful, loyal, brave, and protective, the Cesky Terrier is a patient dog that is excellent with children. Easier to train than other Terriers, as well as quieter and more sedate than the typical Terrier, the Cesky is an obedient dog that is also intelligent. They will enjoy earth dog trials and agility, obedience, tracking activities. Socialisation with both people and animals is important at an early age to encourage a positive disposition. This breed is somewhat friendly around strangers, but can be protective and feisty. Cesky Terriers are natural watchdogs because they are always on the alert and ready to voice an opinion about something. However, rarely would a dog show any sort of aggressive behaviour preferring to keep their distance, stand their ground and bark. They will generally get along well with other dogs, and makes an excellent addition to the family. They are an excellent and devoted companion dog, a strong candidate for a therapy dog, and a good starter dog for someone who has never owned a dog before.


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Companion
TEMPERAMENTFriendly, Intelligent, Loving
EXERCISE NEEDEDUp to 1 hour per day
HEIGHT – MALE29 cm / 11.5 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE27 cm / 10.5 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEMedium Length and Wavy
GROOMING NEEDSSeveral times per week


  • Cesky puppies are born black and it takes up to 2 years for their markings and final colour to grow through. With this said, some puppies are born with brown coats – although this is very rare.
  • They are not a good choice for people who spend most of the time out of the home leaving their dogs to their own devices which can lead to a Cesky developing separation anxiety.
  • It would be a mistake to trust a Cesky Terrier with any smaller pets because their prey drive would get the better of them!
  • Care should always be taken as to where and when a Cesky Terrier can run off the lead, more especially when there is livestock or wildlife close by.


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, please click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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