Does not shed
Needs more than average coatcare
Can be reserved towards strangers
The Cesky Terrier, also known as Bohemian Terrier, is a relatively young breed. Their history begins in 1949 in formerly Czechoslovakia where one man, named Frantisek Horak, crossed a Sealyham terrier with a Scottish terrier. By making combinations as father-daughter, cousin-niece etc. Frantisek Horak obtained a new type of dog which he gave the name Bohemian Terrier. After 14 year and 15 litters the breed was recognised by the FCI under the name of Cesky Terrier.
In the first years after its recognition the breed could only been seen in formerly Czechoslovakia, but already in 1967 a few dogs were exported to Holland and Sweden. The first breeder in Holland was Mrs. Rijkeboer-Bais. She showed her dogs and bred a few litters. After she stopped with this breed it became quiet around the Cesky Terrier. From one of her litters a female called Drema was exported to Sweden. This female is the only one from this early Dutch breeding that can still be traced back in pedigrees of a few dogs today.
In 1980 there came a few new breeders and today the Cesky Terrier can be seen often at the Dutch dogshows, although the numbers are seldom high. How many Cesky Terriers there are in Holland is not exactly known but there should be at least around 200. The amount of breeders in Holland is in proportion with the amount of dogs. Each year around 30 dogs are registered in the Dutch Registry, imports included.
The Cesky Terrier is a short legged terrier with a weight from 6 till 10 kg. Their height is around 28 cm. The coat is in contrary with most terriers not coarse, but should be soft and have a silky appearance. Cesky Terriers never shed ! The coat can therefor not be trimmed but must be clipped. The model in which they are clipped gives them a beard, forelock and also the hair on the legs and under the body remains long. The coat must often be brushed and combed to prevent tangling and matting. Persons that do not wish to spent regular time for grooming can better look for an other breed.
The Cesky Terrier appears in all shades of grey (from very light grey to the darkest grey) and the colour coffeebrown. Both colours can be with yellow and white markings. With 'yellow markings' you must think of the black & tan pattern that can be seen f.i. on the Dobermann. These markings often become less noticeable or even seem to disappear when the dog gets older. White markings are mostly seen on the chest, throat, feet and the tip of the tail, but the amount of white may never be more than 20%. The coffeebrown colour is extremely rare. In 1994, after almost 40 years one brown puppy was born again. Cesky Terriers are born black and they get their eventual colour with getting mature.
The character of the Cesky Terrier is also slightly different than most terriers. The Cesky Terrier can in general very well be held with several dogs (or other animals). They are more calm and bark less than the average terrier. He has the ability to adapt to different situation, making him a suitable dog for different kind op people. He is able to make long walks and can be in a home with children, if he is raised with them. His character is sensitive which makes him not suitable for people that want to command their dog. He is better not kept in a kennel all his life. Special care should be given when raising a puppy. It is very important that a puppy has a good impressing period with mainly positive experiences. A Cesky has a good memory and a bad experience can affect him more than other breeds !