Cesky Terrier


A small Cesky Terrier
Cesky Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known AsCzech Terrier
Height (at withers)11-14in (28-36cm)
Weight15-18lbs (7-8kg)
Hair Colour(s)Grey, blue
Lifespan9-15 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size2-6
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Cesky Terrier is a small and sturdy, low-set terrier dog. The body is moderately long with a level topline, well sprung ribs, well-boned straight forelegs and a long tail. The head is relatively long with high-set pendulous ears, deep set eyes, black nostrils and a bushy beard, moustache and eyebrows. The coat is silky and wavy, and the colouring tends to be grey and blue, sometimes with white markings.


Cesky Terriers are good-natured and affectionate dogs with hardy constitutions. These are social animals that love the company of other people, and so they make good companions and family pets. They are intelligent and highly trainable compared to other terriers; however, they can also be stubborn and so any training needs to be consistent and firm but sypmathetic. As a result they are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. When socialised early, Cesky Terriers get along well with older, more considerate children as well as with other pets and dogs. Around strangers they tend to be cautious, and so they make relatively effective watchdogs.

History & Skills

Cesky Terriers originate from Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), and are the result of a breeder called Dr Frantisek Horak. In the 1930s Horak bred Scottish and Sealyham Terriers, and wanted a terrier that would be suitable for hunting foxes and badgers in a pack, be a loyal and and that could also be used as a family pet and show dog. No small ask then! This goal was realised in 1950 when the first litter was born. These days they are still used for all three purposes but are quite rare.

Breed Specific Ailments

Cesky Terriers tend to live between 9-15 years. As they are a relatively new and rare breed not a lot of health problems are known about this particular breed. however, they can be susceptible to a hereditary condition known as Scottie Cramp, which can result in an odd gait. They could be prone to conditions that are common to other terriers.


Cesky Terriers are low shedders and so may be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are not that low though, and their soft wavy coats will need regular brushing several times a week and also trimming every couple of months. Hair should be kept clear of the ear canals and the ears cleaned regularly, and excess hair between the pads will need clipping.

Exercise & Environment

Cesky Terriers tend to live indoors and can be suitable for small homes such as apartments. They are fairly active while indoors and can get by without a yard, but will need a daily walk and make fine jogging companions.


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