If the Cesky Terrier (pronounce it “chess-kee,” meaning Czech) looks something like a cross between a Scottie and a Sealyham, it’s because that’s basically what it is. Ceskys are muscular, short-legged, and handsome hunters standing no taller than 13 inches at the shoulder. They come in several shades of gray, including a stunning platinum. Wavy facial hair gives Ceskys a sporty, Continental look, and the medium-long neck lends a dash of elegance to these game, unspoiled working terriers.
Most breeds of dogs claim to have a history that goes back hundreds of years. The Cesky Terrier has a very short history that is well documented. Frantisek Horak, the developer of the Cesky Terrier, was born at the castle Karlova Koruna in Chlumec, Czechoslovakia on June 12th, 1909. This was an area where Isabela Palomino horses were bred. Young Frantisek wanted to breed horses and ponies from the time he was quite young. At the age of 9, his parents allowed him to start breeding dogs. After World War II, in 1945, he started breeding ponies as well.
They are loyal family members who require continued socialization throughout their lives due to their reserved nature towards strangers. Weighing in at 16 to 22 pounds, they are a comfortable size for most households and require a minimum amount of daily exercise. They are an active breed and like most terriers, love to dig. A secure backyard where the breed can get regular exercise is strongly recommended. Other exercise outlets include events like tracking, agility, earth dog and obedience.
Coat & Grooming: If returning from a hunt full of mud and dirt, the dog should be allowed to dry before being combed out. In general, this breed requires a moderate amount of grooming with monthly clippings. Their strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or a grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.