No 246 / 11.03.1997 / GB
TRANSLATION : Mrs Dipl. Ing. K. Bechová and Mrs R.
ORIGIN : Czech Republic.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 19.02.1996.
UTILIZATION : Formerly a Terrier breed for hunting foxes and
badgers, today more a house-and companion dog.
CLASSIFICATION FCI : Group 3 Terriers
Section 2 Small sized Terriers
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Czech Terrier is the result
of an appropriate crossbreeding between a Sealyham Terrier dog
and a Scotch Terrier bitch, with the aim to develop a light,
short legged, well pigmented hunting Terrier, with practical
drop ears, easy to groom and easy to train. In 1949 Mr. Frantisek
Horák from Klánovice near Prague started to improve
the breed by fixing their characteristics. In 1959 these dogs
were shown for the first time, and the breed was finally recognized
by the FCI in 1963.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Short legged, long haired, well made
and well muscled Terrier with medium size drop ears, of a rectangular
IDEAL MEASURES :
Height at withers
Length of skull
Width of skull
Girth of thorax (behind elbows)
Length of body
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Quiet, non-aggressive,
pleasant and cheerful companion, easy to train; somewhat reserved
towards strangers; of especially calm and kind disposition.
Shaped like a long, blunt, not too broad wedge, the plane of
the forehead forming a distinctive angle with the bridge of the
- CRANIAL REGION :
- Skull : Not too broad between the ears and tapering
moderately towards the supraorbital ridges. Occipital protuberance
easy to palpate; cheek bones moderately prominent. Frontal furrow
only slightly marked.
Stop : Not accentuated but apparent.
- FACIAL REGION :
- Nose : Dark and well developed. It should be black
on Terriers with a grey-blue coat and liver-coloured on milk-coffee
Nasal bridge : Straight.
Jaws/teeth : Strong jaws. Scissors or level bite; complete
dentition (the absence of the 2 M3 in the lower jaw not being
penalized). Teeth strong, regularly aligned and set square to
Lips : Relatively thick, fitting neatly.
Cheeks : Cheek bones not very prominent.
Eyes : Of medium size, slightly deep set, with a friendly
expression; well covered by the overhanging eye brows. Brown
to dark brown in grey-blue coated dogs, light brown in milk-coffee-brown
dogs. Eyelids black in grey-blue dogs, liver-colour in light-coffee-brown
Ears : Of medium size, dropping in such a way as to well
cover the orifice. Set on rather high and falling flat along
the cheeks. Shaped like a triangle, with the shorter side of
the triangle at the fold of the ear.
NECK : Medium long, quite strong, carried on a slant. The
skin at the throat is somewhat loose but without forming a dewlap.
- BODY : Oblong.
- Upper line : Never totally straight because loins
and rump are always moderately arched.
Withers : Not very pronounced; neck set on rather high.
Back : Strong, of medium length.
Loins : Relatively long, muscular, broad and slightly
Rump : Strongly developed, muscular; pelvis moderately
slanting. Hip bones often slightly higher than the withers.
Chest : More cylindrical than deep; ribs well sprung.
Belly : Ample and slightly tucked up. Flanks well filled.
Tail : The ideal length is 18-20 cm; relatively strong
and low set. At rest hanging downward or with a slight bend at
the tip; when alert the tail is carried sabre shape horizontally
- FOREQUARTERS : The forelegs should be straight, well boned
- Shoulders : Muscular.
Elbows : Loose, yet neither turned in nor out.
Forefeet : Large; well arched toes and strong nails. Pads
well developed and thick.
- HINDQUARTERS : Hindlegs strong, parallel, well angulated
- Lower thigh : Short.
Hock joint : Set relatively high, strongly developed.
Hindfeet : Smaller than the forefeet.
- GAIT : Free, enduring, vigorous, with drive. Gallop rather
slow but lasting. The forelegs extend in a straight forward line.
SKIN : Firm, thick, without wrinkles or dewlap, pigmented.
- TEXTURE : Hair long, fine but firm, slightly wavy with a
silky gloss; not too much overdone. The Czech Terrier is groomed
by scissors (clipping). At the forepart of the head the hair
is not to be clipped thus forming brows and beard. On the lower
parts of the legs, under the chest and belly the hair should
not be clipped either. In show condition the hair at the upper
side of the neck, on the shoulders and on the back should not
be longer than 1 - 1,5 cm; it should be shorter on the sides
of the body and on the tail and very short on the ears, cheeks,
at the lower side of the neck, on elbows, thighs and round the
vent. The transition between clipped and unclipped areas should
be pleasing for the eye and fluent.
COLOUR : The Czech Terrier has 2 varieties of coat colour :
- grey-blue (puppies are born black)
- milk-coffee-brown (puppies born chocolate brown)
In both colour varieties yellow, grey or white markings are permitted
on the head (beard, cheeks), neck, chest, belly, the limbs and
round the vent. Sometimes there is also a white collar or a white
tip of the tail. The basic colour, however, must always be predominant.
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT :
Height at withers between 25 - 32 cm. Ideal size for a dog =
29 cm, for a bitch = 27 cm. The weight must not be less than
6 kg and more than 10 kg.
- FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should
be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
- - Weak construction.
- Temporary loss of nasal pigmentation (snow nose).
- Weak, short or too snipey foreface, with weakly developed teeth.
- Absence of one (1) incisor, canine hold back.
- Eyes too big or protruding.
- Ears too big or too small, or different in shape or carriage
as described in the standard.
- Back too long or too short, soft.
- Crooked forelegs, incorrect front.
- Coat too fine or too coarse.
- DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
- - Absence of more than 4 teeth altogether; absence of 2 or
- Canine placed in vestibulo position.
-Over- or undershot mouth.
- Entropion or ectropion.
- Chest circumference more than 50 cm.
- Curled tail or carried over the back.
- Long brindled coat on dogs older than 2 years.
- Coarse or curled cotton-wool type hair.
- White markings covering more than 20%; white blaze on the head.
- Irregular, jerky, spasmodic movements ("Scottie cramp")
- Weight above 10 kg or less than 6 kg.
- Shyness, unbalanced or aggressive disposition.
N.B : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.