The Cesky Terrier is a small terrier-type dog and is the national dog of the Czech Republic. It a well-muscled hunter with short legs, long body, natural drop ears and has a long and silky coat. The body of the Cesky Terrier is longer than it is tall and has a rising topline to the rear. The eyes of the breed are medium-sized brown to dark brown in grey dogs and liver in brown dogs. The pendulous ears are triangular and set high on the head reaching close to the cheeks. The head is a blunt wedge shape with a straight muzzle, apparent stop but not accentuated, black nose in grey dogs and liver nose in brown dogs, and relatively thick lips. The teeth form a complete scissors bite. The low set tail is carried downward with a slight bend at the tip when the dog is at rest or carried horizontally or higher in a sabre form when the dog is in motion. The coat of the Cesky Terrier is long, fine and firm with a silky gloss. It is traditionally groomed by clipping and scissoring so that the body is highlighted by its well-developed muscles and the face sporting a beard, a moustache, and eyebrows. The ideal height of a Cesky Terrier is 29 cm for a male and 27 cm for a female while the typical weight is between 5.9 - 10 kg with males being bulkier and heavier than females.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Cesky Terrier is one of the relatively new, man-made breeds which was created to do a specific purpose. In 1948, Czech geneticist and dog breeder Dr. František Horák bred a Sealyham Terrier to a Scottish Terrier to create a breed suitable for hunting vermin in the forests of Bohemia, in the western region of the Czech Republic. The result was a gentle-mannered little dog, capable of effective hunting in a pack and going to ground to chase the prey in burrows. It was in his many years at the Academy of Science in Prague that Dr. Horák became famous for his Scottish and Sealyham Terrier breeds which he used in hunting. His kennel was named “Lovu Zdar” or “Successful Hunter”. Dr. Horák’s first Cesky Terrier was born on the 25th of December 1949 and was named Adam Lovu Zdar but was unfortunately shot by a careless hunter a year later. In the same year, he repeated the breeding and used a Scottish Terrier named “Scotch Rose” and a Sealyham named “Buganier Urquelle” which produced six puppies and are considered the foundation stock of the Cesky Terrier. The breed was first shown in public in 1956 and gained official recognition by the Czechoslovakian Kennel Club three years later. It was first registered by the FCI in 1963, arrived in the UK in 1989 and officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1990.
The Cesky Terrier is a docile breed, very loving, friendly, affectionate, and outgoing especially to its owner, although there are some dogs that are somewhat reserved towards strangers but never aggressive or shy, unlike other terriers. This breed is sociable and is not the type that will pick a fight with other dogs. It is very much a family-oriented pet, although it can sometimes have a stubborn streak. It will not do well living in a kennel but would rather prefer to live inside with the family, joining in all the activities inside the house. It does not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time. When bored, it becomes noisy and will bark a lot or will channel his boredom into some destructive behaviour.
Training the Cesky Terrier is on the moderate side of the scale. Although it is known to be intelligent and eager to please, it does have a stubborn streak at times, but given the right handler and proper training, the Cesky can be taught easily. Training should be firm, but not harsh and must always be consistent to get the best results from the breed. Positive reinforcement training will yield the best results.
The coat of the Cesky Terrier is fine and silky and dead hairs are not pulled out with the fingers as in stripping but rather trimmed with a clipper. The tail is clippered, as well as the body, to emphasize the well-built muscular outline of the dog. The hair that hangs down under the body, on the lower legs and on the face (which form eyebrows, beard, and moustache) are traditionally left long but trimmed from time to time. Grooming is straightforward. The furnishings (longer hair) needs daily brushing with a pin brush to prevent mats (especially under the arm area) and help remove debris that might become entangled with the long hair. Bathe the Cesky Terrier on a regular basis using a mild shampoo and conditioner.
The Cesky Terrier is generally a healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. It is sometimes prone to a disease known as Scotty Cramp, inherited from its Scottish Terrier parent. This disease causes spasms and hyperflexion, and hyperextension of the legs. Although it is just a minor problem and not life-threatening, it may cause awkward movement to the dog. There are some Cesky Terriers that have been known to suffer from hip dysplasia, patella luxation, heart problems, primary lens luxation, thyroid problems, glomerulonephritis (acute inflammation of the kidney), and other eye problems.
Exercise requirement is at a minimum. The Cesky Terrier will take as much or as little exercise the owner is prepared to give him but it is recommended that this dog should be taken for daily short walks. An ideal home for this breed is a house with a fenced yard or garden where it can play and run to his heart’s contentment. Exercise also helps prevent the breed from becoming overweight which may cause some serious health problems.
The Cesky Terrier has a strong sympathy for children, particularly if it is raised with them from puppyhood. It is a wonderful family companion that likes to socialize with every member. However, any interaction between the Cesky and younger children should be well-supervised to make sure no one gets hurt or scared. It is a pack animal in its native land so it can live in harmony with other animals in the house, especially if it was introduced to them from a very young age.