Country/Date of Origin: Czechoslovakia/1940s
This breed was developed by the Czechoslovakian geneticist, Frantisek Horak after World War II. A devoted hunter, he began by crossing Scottish Terriers with Sealyham Terriers in order to produce a hunting terrier that was lighter in build than the original breeds but with the same enthusiasm to go to ground. The breed was officially recognized by the Czech Kennel Club in 1963.
Though the breed was met with interest abroad, exporting a dog from behind the iron curtain was so difficult in the 1970's that the breed remained largely in its native land. It is now popular in many of the FCI countries and is making inroads in the United States where it is shown in the American Rare Breed Association shows.
FCI Group: 3 (Terrier)