The Cesky terrier is a short-legged, long, terrier similar in appearance to the Sealyham Terrier. They have a long head, bushy beard, mustache, and eyebrows. Body is solid, but not heavy. The Cesky Terrier is agile and robust. Their wavy, silky coat usually comes in shades of gray-blue with tan, gray, white, or yellow highlights or light coffee, though puppies are born black. Their coat lightens between birth and two years of age. Eyes are brown in gray-blue dogs and yellow in brown dogs. The noses and lips of blue-gray dogs are black; for brown dogs it is liver. The ears are triangular, folding forward close to the head. The head is long, but not too wide, with a well-defined stop.
Cesky terriers tend to be very sweet natured, eager to please. They love company and playing and as such make wonderful family dogs . They are good with children and generally so with strangers as well, always eager for a pat but they do not make superb watchdogs. They are easier to train than most terriers, but like all terriers , they tend to be a bit stubborn and willful. Far more will be achieved with enthusiastic encouragement than stern discipline
The Cesky Terrier was created by Czech breeder, Franti ek Hork, crossing Sealyham and Scottish Terriers, and perhaps also with the Dandie Dinmont terrier. They were bred as ratters and fox hunters and retain a strong hunting instinct. Note, they were not bred to run with the pack, they were bred to flush a target fox out of a den by entering the den, or to dig rats from their burrows. Thus, they will use their energies to dig and find prey underground but are not built to run and run.
The Cesky Terrier is energetic and enjoys running and playing through a wooded area or open countryside. When off lead, they will generally exercise and entertain themselves, following scent trails. Unlike hound dogs bred to hunt, the Cesky Terrier will return when called. They are not built to run great distances, not should they be encouraged ot jump from height as their relatively short legs and long backs are not designed for such activcity.
Generally a healthy breed, living on average to a respectable 12 years. In Australia there has been some incidence of low fertility. They are also known to suffer from a condition called Scotty cramp which will cause them to for short periods of time move in a stiff, awkward fashion. It is neither painful or life threatening.
They are a rare breed around the world and especially so in Australia with only a handful of enthusiastic breeders so finding a puppy nearby may prove a challenge.
In all cases where there are a small numbers of a dog being bred locally, you need to be vigilant when buying a Ciskei Terrier puppy that it doesn’t show signs of problems caused by breeding within a small gene pool. To date this has not happened in Australia – partly because the few breeders developing the breed in Australia have started with extremely hardy stock but also because they are taking great care to ensure they source animals from as far and wide as possible to add to their breeding programs to avoid such genetic problems.
If you are thinking of purchasing this breed make sure you speak to your breeder about the breed history not only of your potential puppy’s parents but also that of the grandparents and enquire about how far distant these dogs were related if at all.