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Meet the Breed

The Cesky (or Czech) Terrier was created by František Horák, a Czech geneticist, who thought that by combining the best features of both Scottish and Sealyham Terriers he would have the perfect dog for working in the forests of his native Bohemia. He wanted a dog with the bravery, tenacity and darker colour of the Scottie, but with the sociable character and pack instinct of the Sealyham. He also preferred the Sealyham's drop ears. He wanted a dog that could go to ground; that would work along a hedgerow flushing out a pheasant or a rabbit - and then be able to retrieve it once shot; but most of all he wanted a dog with great scenting ability, able to track a wild boar through the forest, either singly or in a pack. Since he had a young family, this paragon of a dog must have an excellent temperament, particularly with children, and as a bonus, he wanted his new breed to be attractive and to compete successfully in the show ring.


Cesky Terriers make wonderful pets. They are not as excitable as most other terriers, so are ideal for families wih young children. Their coat does not shed, which means that there are no hairs around the house, and makes the breed a good choice for those with allergies. The down side, however, is that the coat must be clipped on a regular basis, and groomed regularly to remove mats.

Although the breed has been officially recognised for more than half a century, it is still comparatively rare, even in its home country. Here in the UK there are only about thirty puppies born each year.

Puppies are born black, although this fades to grey with maturity. Any shade of grey is permissible, but as this group of Finnish Cesky Terriers demonstrates they are basically dark, medium or light grey.