The Cesky Terrier is a fairly recent addition to the Terrier
Group, having been developed in the Czech Republic by the geneticist
Frantisek HorŠk, who wanted a working terrier that would hunt as a pack
without quarrelling and fighting, and would also be a good family companion
and show dog. The breed originated by crossing a Sealyham dog and a Scottish
Terrier bitch, and then crossing their offspring until the type was set
satisfactorily, and thus the Cesky Terrier was born.
Normally any shade of grey in colour, though an occasional light brown may
occur, the coat is soft and silky with an attractive sheen, the ears hang
down, and the tail, which has never been docked, is set on low, though it
may be carried in a sickle shape when the dog is moving. The coat is clipped
over the body, and left long on the legs and underside of the belly, and
also on the face where it forms a beard and eyebrows, giving this terrier
its very distinctive look.
In the UK the Cesky Terrier is kept primarily as a family pet and companion,
and as a show dog where its very distinctive characteristics and temperament
attract many admirers. This is a breed that loves to join in all its ownerís
activities, but hates to be left at home alone, and definitely does not
thrive in a kennel situation. The Cesky is sociable with other animals
provided he is introduced to them when young, and will live happily in the
company of cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, even ferrets, but he really enjoys
the company of other dogs, especially his own breed.
Unlike many other terrier breeds, the Cesky can be trained to be obedient
and well-behaved and can therefore be exercised off lead without worrying
about whether he will come back when called! When introduced to children as
a puppy the Cesky positively enjoys their company too, and is also eminently
suited to living with the disabled, as he seems to have an innate
understanding of their special needs and limitations. Thus the Cesky can be
a dog for all seasons and all situations, although his sensitive nature does
mean he needs an understanding owner.