Unlike many dog breeds that have a history that goes back centuries, The Cesky Terrier has a short history. The development of the Cesky Terrier, also called the Bohemian Terrier, was started in 1949 by Mr. Frantisek Horak.
Mr Horak was a devoted hunter and wanted to develop a terrier that had the same enthusiasm as the original breed, but was lighter in build. He achieved this by crossing the Scottish Terriers with the Sealyham Terriers.
The original purpose of the Cesky was to hunt vermin in their dens, mostly foxes, badgers and rats, now it can be found more as a house pet and show breed.
In 1963, the breed was officially recognized by the Czech Kennel Club, as well as the FCI. Of the national dogs of the Czech Republic, the Cesky Terrier has been the most successful. It has been featured in books, on television, on stamp and in a movie.
For many years there was a ban on exporting the Cesky, however it still manages to become rather popular in Scandinavian countries. The breed is now all over Europe, Canada and in 1987 it was imported into the United States.
Mr. Horak decided in the 1980’s, that some new blood needed to be added to the breed. In 1984 and again in 1985, with the permission of the FCI, a Sealyham was bred into the breed.
Not only are they easy to handle and train, they are less aggressive than other terriers. The Cesky makes a great family dog, they are alert, friendly, pleasant, obedient and courageous dogs, however a somewhat reserve with strangers. They are dedicated to there owner and his family, and they love people, especially children.
The Cesky Terriers are longer than they are tall and weigh between 13 and 22 pounds. They have long heads and triangular ears, bushy beards, mustaches and eyebrows. There bodies are solid and muscular, but not heavy, with short, sturdy front legs.
The coat of the Cesky is silky, wavy, has a healthy shine and does not shed like other breeds. The coat should be brushed and combed out every three days or so, and needs to be trimmed every 6 to 10 weeks.
The puppies are born black, however the coat lightens between birth and two years of age. Various shades of the lightened coat are gray-blue, with tan, white, gray, or yellow furnishings or light coffee.
The Cesky enjoys running, playing, going on long walks and are energetic. They are good for apartment living, although they are moderately active indoors.
Occasionally the Cesky has been know to get Scottie Cramp, it is not painful or life-threatening, however it causes awkward movement. There lifespan is rather long lived, between 12 to 15 years.
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