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Cesky Terrier

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)

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Bohemian Terrier

AKC Group: Terrier

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Body Type:

  • A typical go-to-ground terrier with a long head, large nose and strong jaws
  • A solidly built dog of substance, but not coarse or heavy
  • The body is medium long, and longer than the dog is tall
  • Height: 10-12 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 16-20 pounds
  • The medium length tail is not docked and is carried low
  • The ears are pendulous, not too low set and are never altered


  • Extremely loyal to its owner
  • A good watchdog that is also good with children
  • Good-natured and obedient


  • The coat should be soft, thick, slightly wavy and with a healthy shine
  • Eyebrows and beard are fine and silky; they are a breed hallmark
  • Non shedding
  • Unlike most other terriers, the coat is clipped, not stripped
  • The color should be bluish gray or -- very rarely -- light brown, with or without pale cream or beige tan markings
  • Moderate grooming is required

Health Concerns:

  • A very robust little dog
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • Pronounced "ches-kee"
  • A rare quality is the pastel coloring of the coat
  • Puppies are born black (for blue-grey dogs) or deep chocolate brown (for light brown)
  • Adapts easily to new situations and is not overly aggressive
  • Gets along well with other pets and children

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