Cesky Terrier

FCI GROUP: Terriers

FAMILY: Terrier

Allowed as pet in Singapore HDB Flat: Yes

Origin: Czech Republic, 20th century. The dog’s original developer was a Czechoslovakian breeder named Frantisek Horak who was successful at getting them recognised by the FCI in 1963. Mr Horak's goal was to breed a dog that was narrow enough to successfully get down into the dens and burrows to hunt rats and fox. By the 1980s breeders felt the Cesky Terrier no longer looked like the dogs Mr Horak bred, so they crossed them again with Sealyham Terriers. The Cesky is one of the rarest breed numbering below five hundred.

Original Purpose: Vermin and fox hunter.

Behaviour and Temperament: Happy, sporty, calm, playful, protective, feisty.

Breed Characteristics: Good watchdog. High energy. Less aggressive and edgy than many other terriers. Has a deep, loud bark. The Cesky is a good digger.

Physical Features: 25.5 to 33 cm; 6 to 10 kg. Colours are any shade of grey, black, white, brown; may have yellow markings.

Coat Type and Grooming: Long, fine but firm, slightly wavy with silky gloss. High; although his coat is softer than the typical terrier, it still needs plenty of care. He is trimmed at least 4 times a year, not stripped like other terriers. Leave hair long on the stomach, legs and around the face to form the moustache, beard and eyebrows. He needs brushing at least twice a week. The Cesky is a very light shedder.

Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years.

Health Concerns: Some are prone to Scottie cramp syndrome (Wobbly Scottie).

Exercise: Moderate to high. The Cesky Terrier needs plenty of exercise that should include interactive play with his owner. Will make a fairly good jogging companion. Daily long walks are required.

Housing: Adaptable to any living situation. Does well in apartments if given enough outdoor exercise. They are moderately active indoors and will do well without a yard.

Sociability: Loves his family, including children, but does have some typical terrier feistiness. Generally reserved toward strangers. Will get along well with other dogs and household animals. Important to socialise well during puppyhood.

Trainability: Average to high. May be more responsive than some other terriers but does have a stubborn streak and may try to take over the house without strong leadership from his owner. Sensitive and needs positive-based training methods.

Activities: Agility, earthdog, tracking, jogging partner.

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