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The Cesky Terrier was bred as a pack hunter by Frantisik Horak, a breeder of Scottish Terriers, in 1949 Czechoslovakia.
Horak developed the breed to hunt fox, rabbits, ducks, and pheasants in the forests of Bohemia, giving them their unofficial name, the Bohemian Terrier.
Although not a trained scientist, Horák worked as a research assistant at the Czechoslovak Academy of Science, and used his experience there in dog breeding. They come from the Scottish Terrier and the Sealyham Terrier.
As Horák's terriers became more popular, he received visits from the secret police in communist Czechoslovakia due to the large volume of mail he was receiving from outside the country.
Terrier with a Purpose
The Cesky Terrier was developed specifically to go after small animals in the woods without getting trapped in their dens, but this terrier has even been used to hunt wild boar.
Terrier in the Family
Today, the Cesky Terrier is mellower than most other terrier breeds, although he will still excitedly chase anything of interest. He requires continued socialization throughout his life due to a natural reservation towards strangers.
Terriers love to dig, and this breed is a strong candidate for agility, obedience and tracking. The Cesky Terrier thrives in a home with a secure backyard, where he can have plenty of exercise.
Cesky Terrier Appearance
Perfect for their intended job, the size of the Cesky Terrier is between 16 and 22 lbs and 10 to 13 in. tall and sports a soft, long coat. He has short legs and long body as well as a bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows, giving him a naturally inquisitive expression. His natural drop ears and a natural tail add to his aesthetic appeal.
All Cesky Terrier puppies are born with either a black or black and tan coat that lightens to a shade of grey by the time the Cesky is three-years-old.
Still considered a rate breed, the Cesky is a member of the American Kennel Club’s Terrier Group.