Cesky Terrier Puppy Facts

Did you just bring home a new Cesky Terrier puppy and want to learn more about the breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you and your family?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

This is one of the youngest dog breeds. It was developed in the second half of the 20th century in Czechoslovakia by Frantisek Horak.

Frantisek was born in 1909 in Chlumec, Czechoslovakia. This was an area known for breeding of Isabella Palomino horses and from the time he was very young, that's what Frantisek wanted to do. When he was around 9 years old, his parents allowed him to start breeding dogs.

When Frantisek grew up, he became a geneticist and worked for many years at the Academy of Science in Prague. He started working on the development of the Cesky Terrier in 1949. Some of the breeds he used in its development were the Sealyham Terrier and the Scottish Terrier.

Frantisek's goal was to develop a dog whose body shape would allow him to follow and flush out rats and foxes from their underground hiding places. The breed is still used for hunting and there is even a club in the Czech Republic that is just for people who hunt with their Cesky Terriers.

For number of years after its development, there was a ban on exporting Cesky Terriers to other countries. Nevertheless, some dogs managed to be exported. Eventually, the ban was removed.

The Cesky Terrier, also known as the Czesky Terrier and the Bohemian Terrier, was recognized by FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1963. The breed was introduced to the US in late 1980s and is considered to be a rare breed.

Physical Characteristics of Cesky Terrier Puppies

The Cesky is a short-legged hunting terrier that is longer than it is tall. It has a muscular body, well-sprung ribcage and slightly tucked up belly. The chest is more cylindrical than deep. The neck is medium-long and carried in a slight arch. The tail is 7 to 8 inches long and never docked.

The front legs are straight, short and well-boned. The front feet are large, with large pads and arched toes. The back legs are strong, muscular and longer than the front legs. The back feet are similar to front feet but a bit smaller.

The wedge-shaped head is about 7 to 8 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. The almond-shaped eyes are of medium size. They are light brown in brown dogs and brown or dark brown in gray dogs. The drop-down ears are medium-size. They are shaped like a triangle and set high. The nose is liver-colored in brown dogs and black in gray dogs.

The coat is long and silky, with slightly wavy furnishings. Puppies are born brown, black, or black and tan. By the time they reach 2-3 years old, the color changes to any shade of gray. There may be some black on the head, ears, feet and tail. There may also be white, brown and yellow markings on the head, neck, chest, and limbs. A white is permitted on the tail.

    Height Weight
  Male 10 - 13 inches 16 - 22 pounds
  Female 10 - 13 inches 14 - 20 pounds


Cesky Terriers are loyal, intelligent, courageous, brave, and easy to handle dogs. They are less aggressive than other terrier breeds.

They are friendly with those they know, good with children, and get along well with other household pets. They enjoy pleasing their owners and being part of the family. All these qualities make them excellent house pets.

The Cesky Terrier can be reserved with strangers so socializing your dog is highly recommended while he is still young.

This breed is highly trainable but it doesn't respond well to harsh treatment and training methods. Similar to other terriers, he can be a bit stubborn when not handled properly. Most behavior problems will arise if you do not establish yourself as a pack leader.

The Cesky Terrier is very food oriented. They are experts at begging and stealing, so don't leave any food on the table, and always hide the trash can. But you can use their love of food to your advantage when training your pet as food treats will produce much better results than screaming and punishment.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This breed is well suited for an apartment lifestyle. It's not as active as other terriers and will do fine without a yard.

Its pleasant personality makes it a wonderful pet for any family, including the one with children.

Some Cesky Terrier breeders may interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The Cesky is a moderately active breed that doesn't require as much exercise as some other terriers.

It can get most of its exercise from daily walks and even playing games. It will also enjoy playing and running off leash but to protect it from escaping, never leave your pet off leash in an unprotected area.

At a minimum, take your pet for several walks every day.


This breed is a light shedder but it requires more grooming than some other terriers.

Brush and comb several times a week to prevent tangles. Clip excess hair on feet and in ear passages.

Trim at least four times a year, leaving the hair long on legs and stomach. Face hair is also kept longer to form the eyebrows, moustache, and beard. Unlike majority of terrier breeds that are hand stripped, the Cesky Terrier is clipped with electric clippers.

Bathe only when necessary. The Cesky hair tends to hold shampoo and unless you rinse it thoroughly, it can cause rash on your dog.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, Cesky Terriers are susceptible to complications caused by internal and external parasites such as ticks, fleas, and worms.

Some dogs may suffer from the Scotty Cramp, a minor problem that is painless but causes a dog to walk in an awkward movement. Another concern is the breed's love of food -- he will eat too much and become overweight if his food is not carefully measured. Other than the above, the Cesky is a healthy breed. For more information about dog diseases and health, visit dog health problems.

Buy only from reputable Cesky Terrier breeders to reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

Even healthy dogs get sick. While many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, there are many others that you may handle on your own. Learn how to save time and money (and how to keep your pet healthy) by diagnosing and treating dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for Cesky Terrier puppies is between 12 and 15 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet? While the Cesky Terrier is a rare breed and chances of finding one at a local shelter or a rescue organization are slim, there are thousands of other pets waiting for a loving home.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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