Cesky Terrier

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.

  • Personality: Feisty and tenacious at work, but a bit more laid back and trainable than the usual terrier
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Playful, curious dogs who enjoy a good old-fashioned romp
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-24 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

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The breed is sometimes called the Bohemian Terrier.

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  • General Appearance

    The Cesky Terrier was developed to be a well-muscled, short legged and well-pigmented hunting terrier that could be worked in packs. The Cesky Terrier has natural drop ears and a natural tail. The Cesky is longer than it is tall and has a topline that rises slightly higher over the loin and rump. It sports a soft, long, silky coat in shades of gray from charcoal to platinum. The correct coat is clipped to emphasize a slim impression. The hallmarks of the breed should be unique unto itself with a lean body and graceful movement. 

  • Head

    Head is about 7 to 8 inches long, 3 to 4 inches wide and is shaped like a long, blunt wedge. The plane of the forehead forms a slight but definite stop with the bridge of the nose. The breadth between the ears is slightly larger for a dog than a bitch. The head should join the neck smoothly. Eyes - Almond shaped of medium size. Slightly deep set with a friendly expression. The color is brown or dark brown. Ears - Medium size, dropping in such a way to well cover the orifice. Ears are set rather high with forward edge lying close to the cheek. Shaped like a triangle, with the shorter side of the triangle at the fold of the ear. 

  • Neck, Topline and Body

    Neck - Well muscled and strong. Medium-long, carried in a slight arch. Set firmly on the shoulders. Topline - Not straight but with a slight rise over the loin and rump. Body - Fully muscled, longer than high. Withers not very pronounced with the neck set rather high. Rump is strongly developed, muscular; pelvis moderately slanting with the hip bones often slightly higher than the withers. Belly - Ample and slightly tucked up. Flanks well fitted. Chest - More cylindrical than deep. Ribs - Well sprung. Loins - Relatively long, muscular, broad and slightly rounded. 

  • Forequarters

    Shoulder - Muscular, well laid back and powerful. Elbows - Should fit closely to the sides and be neither loose or tight. Forelegs - Short, straight, well boned and parallel. Dewclaws may be present. Forefeet - Large, well-arched toes with strong nails and well-developed pads.


  • Coat

    Long, fine but slight texture. Furnishings slightly wavy with a silky gloss. Shorter hair can have more curl. Not overdone with too much furnishings.

  • Color

    All puppies are born black, or black and tan. In mature dogs, 3 years or older, the correct color is any shade of gray from charcoal to platinum gray. Black may appear on the head, ears, feet and tail. White, brown and yellow markings are permitted on the head, beard, cheeks, neck, chest, limbs and around the vent. A white collar or white tip is permitted on the tail. The base color must always be predominant.

  • Hindquarters

    Hind legs - Strong, well-muscled and longer than the forelegs. Thigh - Longer in proportion to the lower leg with stifle well bent. Hock Joint - Strong and well developed. Well let down and parallel to each other. Lower leg is straight from hock to heel. Hind feet - As front but smaller.





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