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AKC Meet the Breeds: Cesky Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The Cesky terrier is a well-muscled, short legged, and well-pigmented hunting terrier that was developed to be worked in packs. The breed originated in the Czech Republic and is considered one of the country’s national breeds. As such, it has been featured on postage stamps, on television, in books, and even in a movie. The Cesky has natural drop ears, a natural tail, and sports a soft, long, silky coat in shades of gray from charcoal to platinum.

A Look Back

Mr. Frantisek Horak, an avid hunter and breeder of Scottish terriers, had a vision of creating a terrier suitable for hunting in packs in the forests of Bohemia. In 1949, he completed the first breeding between a Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier that would eventually become the Cesky Terrier. In 1950, he reported his records of these breedings to the Czech Terrier Club (FCI) and made the request to name the new breed the Cesky (pronounced CHESS-key) terrier. Keen and alert, the Cesky terrier has been used in hunting fox, rabbits, ducks, pheasants, and even wild boar.

Right Breed for You?

Cesky terriers are loyal family members who require continued socialization throughout their lives due to their reserved nature towards strangers. They are an active breed and, like most terriers, love to dig. Ceskys require a moderate amount of grooming with monthly clippings. A secure backyard where the breed can get regular exercise is strongly recommended.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 2011.
  • Ranging in size from 10 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder and 16 to 22 pounds.
  • Small game hunter.

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