In their homeland, and in neighbouring Slovakia Cesky Terriers are used in the hunting of Wild Boar, driving their quarry through the forest towards the waiting hunters. Sometimes they work together in a small pack. Alternatively a single terrier is used to track the scent of the boar.
Boar hunting has its own traditions and even language
. The traditional greeting is 'Lovu zdar' - meaning 'Good hunting'. Lovu zdar was the kennel name of František Horák, the creator of the Cesky Terrier.
We are very lucky in that we have several wooded areas close to our home. The forest is the Cesky Terrier's natural habitat, and although we don't have any Wild Boar to hunt, the team spend many happy hours using their noses to track the scents of the animals that do live in the forest.
Cesky Terriers are naturally obedient, but it is important that when they go out in a group they are completely under control, so that they don't bother other people or their dogs.
Anja is training to become a qualified scent dog. She loves to wear her tracking harness - she knows this means serious work, not just having fun. Her training is organised by the Bavarian Mountain Hound Society of GB
So far she is doing very well and we are hopeful that she will pass her Schweisshund Level 1 test next year.
Here in the UK tracking dogs are used to search for injured deer, rather than Wild Boar. Large animals such as these rarely drop immediately, even if fatally injured, since an adrenalin surge will carry them along for some distance. For welfare reasons it is important that the injured animal is found and, if necessary, despatched humanely.. A tracking dog can follow the scent given off by the animal through dense forest.
You can watch Anja tracking on this video
We have tried several different harnesses, but now use and recommend Fleece Dog Harnesses
for Cesky Terriers. They are sturdy and hardwearing, but at the same time soft and comfortable - and easy to keep clean.
Xanthe is a bit smaller than Anja, so had to have her harness custom made. We will be able to spot her easily in dense undergrowth! The first time she did a track the heavens opened and the thunder was rolling around, but despite this she worked with accuracy and enthusiasm, and proudly carried her reward back.
Six different species of deer have been recorded in Lincolnshire. These are Red, Roe, Fallow, Muntjac, Sica and Chinese Water deer, with Roe and Muntjac being the most common. The deer population is on the increase throughout the county. Learn more about these elusive and fascinating creatures from the Lincolnshire Deer Group
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