Czech Terrier: Facts and Personality Traits

Frantisek Horák, Scottish Terrier breeder and passionate hunter crossed his Scottish Terriers with Sealyham Terriers. From this connection, the elegant Cesky Terrier was born. František Horák died in Prague on January 6, 1996. The Cesky Terrier was recognized as the first Czech national breed by the FCI (International Canine Federation) in 1963. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 2011.




  • FCI Standard No. 246
  • Origin: Czech Republic
  • Height at the withers: 25-32 cm
  • Weight: 6-10kg
  • gentle and easy-going companion dog
  • hunting instinct likes to dig
  • prone to obesity
  • indifferent to strangers
  • Fur needs trimming every few weeks
  • pronounced: ches-kee

Character & Essence

The essence of the terrier slumbers in the little dog. Hunting and digging are among his passions, which certainly do not appeal to every dog owner. He does not like to be alone for long periods of time and then expresses his displeasure by barking loudly and continuously. The Cesky Terrier is a good watchdog, he is always aware of his surroundings. Well socialized, he is a pleasant family and companion dog. The stubborn nature is a typical characteristic of terriers, also in this breed.


The breed is headstrong but sensitive. Toughness is not appropriate in upbringing and will only unsettle him. Be consistent in parenting and use praise and small rewards. The education should start with the breeder and be continued by you. The little puppy learns quickly, of course also negative things. Don’t let the puppy get away with anything you don’t want him to do later.


Scottie Cramp: the hereditary condition can affect the Cesky Terrier. At rest, no symptoms are visible. When the dog gets stressed, the gait pattern changes. The front legs then move sideways and forward rather than straight forward. The condition usually does not require any special treatment. The dogs can take part in family activities as normal.


Regular brushing protects the fur from matting. Cesky Terriers should be trimmed every 4-6 weeks.

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