The Cesky Terrier, pronounced CHESS-kee, is a smaller terrier originating in Czechoslovakia. Created in 1948 by a Czech breeder named František Horák, the Cesky was a cross between a Sealyham Terrier and a Scottish Terrier. The Cesky Terrier is one of the six rarest dog breeds in the world.
In the 1980s, the breed was imported into the U.S. by a group of enthusiasts who later formed the Cesky Terrier Club of America. The Cesky Terrier is often used to hunt fox, rabbit, duck, pheasant, and even wild boar!
Cesky Terriers were introduced in the wake of World War II but were only recognized as a breed in 2011 by the American Kennel Club. Meaning they are one of the most recent breeds to be acknowledged in America.
- Weight: 13 to 22 lbs.
- Height: 9.5 to 12.5 inches
- Coat: Long, firm, fine, and slightly wavy with a silky gloss
- Color: Any shade of gray with black pigment or coffee brown with liver pigment.
- Life expectancy: 10 to 15 years
What’s the Cesky Terrier like?
Cesky Terriers are less active and quieter than other terriers but that doesn’t mean they’re not lively. As puppies Cesky Terriers can be a handful and love to chew and destroy their toys. This behavior can result in household destruction as well if you don’t keep a close eye on the Cesky.
Like any terrier they love to dig so if you like to keep a well maintained yard you should find a place where it’s acceptable for them to make a hole and train them to dig there. They have a low, loud bark and love exercise, especially a good game of fetch!
When it comes to training start early, your dog should always see you as the dominant figure. The Cesky loves his family but is not always welcoming toward strangers or guests. They can be a bit aggressive so they may not be a suitable pet for households with children or other animals. Cesky Terriers are a very independent-minded breed so you need to be firm and consistent throughout the training and socialize early.
Cesky Terrier puppies will need daily grooming, while adults need a brushing about twice a week and their coats should be trimmed every three to five weeks.
The Cesky Terrier is generally a healthy dog, but this breed sometimes suffers from the Scotty Cramp (a minor problem that causes awkward movement), it’s not painful nor life threatening. You should also watch for any of the following conditions:
- Hip dysplasia
- Luxating Patella
- Cardiac Problems
- Primary Lens Luxation (PLL)
- Thyroid issues
- Eye disorders
- The Cesky Terrier loves to chase, and will attempt to kill, small animals including birds. A fenced in yard is crucial to keep him out of harms way.
- The Cesky Terrier has a long silky coat that will require regular upkeep.
- The Cesky Terrier should be trained as soon as possible to avoid any stubbornness.
- The Cesky Terrier should have daily walks to dog-friendly places in order to become more comfortable with new things.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Cesky Terrier USA
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ALL PUPPIES HAVE BEEN PLACED
Mom: Galanka od Fontanky multi Championship Titles
Dad: Jethro/Junior of BumbleBee Castle
This is our last litter. We are retiring from breeding. Thank you to all our clients who are enjoying the companionship of our puppies. Our aim was to breed the best, to the breed standard and place all in forever homes. With only 2 exceptions we accomplished our goals. Thank you to each and everyone.
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Kenny "A" litter: All puppies have been placed.
2 Males (placed) and 1 Female (placed)
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Andi - Female from "A" Litter at 24 days old
Litter Born 1/24/2017 Mother and puppies are all doing fine!
2 Females and 1 Male
Mother and puppies are all doing fine!
"G" litter puppies at 2 days old
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"Why Bohemia USA puppies are not AKC registered"
At Bohemia USA kennel we firmly believe in breeding toward Mr. Horak's vision and the FCI standard. After years of being in close communication with Mr. Horak, we refuse to dishonor his vision for our beloved Cesky terrier.
The American Kennel Club [AKC] and their chosen breed club promote the use of a club generated breed standard that does not follow the FCI standard or Mr. Horak’s vision. We believe that this action will create irreparable damage to our beloved breed. Therefore, we have chosen not to join the AKC breed club or register our litters with AKC.
Regardless of our personal decisions regarding AKC registration and the US breed club we provide our puppy owners with a FCI registration and a 5 generation pedigree so that they can register their puppy with the kennel club of their choice.
At Bohemia USA we care about our puppy owners and love to hear about our puppies, their new families, and their accomplishments. If you are looking for a fine quality Cesky puppy that was bred to follow the vision of Mr. Horak and the FCI standard, you are looking in the right place.
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Cesky Terrier Dog Names
The Cesky Terrier is an interesting terrier. They are a cross between the Scottish Terrier and the Sealyham Terrier. The Cesky Terrier is a native of the Czech Republic and was bred to hunt vermin. They are a more sedate terrier, but when riled, can become a total terror. The Cesky Terrier makes an excellent family companion and requires little maintenance. While the Cesky Terrier is not a favorite breed in the United States, several breeders will help you choose the right puppy for you. The Cesky Terrier deserves a name that identifies them as having Czech ancestry but also is fun, just like a terrier!
Cesky Terrier Dog Names In Pop Culture
Only the best of the best are issued an invitation to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There is only one kennel that has been invited to this show since the Cesky Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011. To be given an invitation, your dog must be ranked in the top five for the breed. In 2018, Altrincham Terriers was represented by Audrey or more formally known as IT CH, GCHB, US CH, MW 2017, ENCIW 2017 Ispagnola du Champ D’eole CGC, CGCA, CGCU, TKN, TKI, TKA, TKP, RATI AKC Achiever Dog. Audrey has more than her share of championships and titles attached to her name and she strutted into the breed ring at the Westminster dog show with such confidence that Cesky Terrier judge Ed Bivin had to take notice. Audrey was handled by Beverly Risi Diamond at Westminster. This lovely Cesky Terrier is the first female Cesky Terrier to win the Best of Breed award at Westminster. Audrey was ranked as the number one Cesky Terrier in the United States in 2017 and is still going strong in 2018.
Some of Audrey’s titles and championships include being the first Achiever Dog for the breed, getting the AKC Ace Award Honorable Mention in 2017, Best of Breed at the 2018 Westminster dog show, Best of Opposite Sex at the 2017 Westminster dog show, Select Female at the 2016 Westminster dog show, Best of Opposite Sex at the Historic Morris and Essex dog show, and multiple Best of Opposite Sex and Select Females at the AKC National Championship annual dog show. Audrey is the most titled Cesky Terrier in the United States. Audrey’s sire is CIB IT CH FR CH What Women Want and her dam is FR CH Esterel du Champ D’Eole.
While Altrincham Terriers have been represented at the Westminster dog show for several years with both West Highland Terriers and Cesky Terriers, it seems that their Cesky Terriers seem to be the most successful. In 2011, when the Cesky Terrier was recognized by the AKC, there were only a few months for the breed to have qualifying dogs to be invited to the Westminster Kennel Club’s show. Altrincham Terriers had the only two Cesky Terriers in the United States to qualify for an invitation to the Westminster show in 2012. As of 2018, Altrincham Terriers have had their Cesky Terriers bring home four Best of Breed wins, two Best of Opposite Sex wins, three Select wins, and five Awards of Merits. Not bad for a small kennel based out of Texas.
Cesky Terrier Dog Name Considerations
The Cesky Terrier is not a well-known breed, but they are a loyal, loving breed and many say they are also the mellowest of the terrier breeds. When you decide to add a Cesky Terrier to your home, you will be adding a playmate and loyal friend. Those who own a terrier of any breed understand that a terrier needs a lot of exercise and one-on-one time with their family to keep them happy. It takes a lot of commitment to own a terrier. Once you have found the right Cesky Terrier for your family, you will have to come up with the perfect name for your new bundle of joy. Since the Cesky Terrier originated in the Czech Republic, names that give a nod toward that culture would be fun. Names that are steeped in tradition and meaning can be amusing and great for your new puppy. Names such as Marek, Ivana, Hana, or Milos are easy to pronounce and have roots that run deep in Czech tradition. However, traditional terrier names such as Ivan, Baxter, Sadie, or Chloe would also be great choices. No matter what name your new puppy is given, make sure that the entire family feels that they have had input in finding the right name. Take your time and enjoy the experience of a Cesky Terrier.
The result of a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Sealyham Terrier — with the goal of creating a dog that could go after vermin without getting stuck in their dens — the Cesky (pronounced chess-key) was created in 1948 in what was then Czechoslovakia.
Mellower than most terriers, the Cesky needs moderate amounts of exercise. And unlike many terriers, he has the advantage of a soft coat that can be trimmed with clippers rather than requiring hand-stripping (plucking dead hairs by hand).
Loving and devoted, he's also active enough to compete in earthdog trials, agility, obedience, and tracking. The Cesky is also a successful therapy dog. He gets along well with children and other pets, especially if he's raised with them.
Cesky Terriers stand 10 to 13 inches at the shoulder and can weigh 13 to 30 pounds, although most fall in the 16- to 22-pound range.
Coat Color And Grooming
Cesky Terriers have a soft bluish-gray coat that ranges from silver to dark charcoal. Puppies are all black, and the coat lightens over the first few years of life. Unlike many terriers, he has the advantage of a soft coat that can be trimmed with clippers rather than requiring hand-stripping (plucking dead hairs by hand).
The Cesky coat needs weekly brushing and clipping every six to eight weeks.