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Bohemian Terrier (Cesky or Czesky Terrier)
For those who have always loved the jaunty, devil may care attitude of the Scotty, but been a bit overwhelmed over their willingness to back up a difference of opinion with a battle, or for everyone who has ever loved a Terrier but found the coat texture less than pleasing or the stripping of a coat an ordeal, may we introduce the Cesky Terrier.  True to their roots, the Cesky Terrier exhibits the same entertaining wink of the eye that all Terrier lovers recognize with a softer coat (that is clippered over the body not stripped) and a softer nature as well.  Delightful and easy going, the breed is noted for its exceptional attitude with kids and other individuals that the average Scottie might find, well challenging.  Currently the breed enjoys some obscurity in the hands of a few, seemingly, devoted breeders.  Unfortunately their zeal to "help" their breed be recognized by the AKC will likely make this advantage very short lived.
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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 10-12
Weight: 16-20 pounds ideally Longevity: mid to late teens
Colors: solid blue-gray or light brown with very minimal white (not to be confused with cream, silver or buff) Coat type: silky and long, not as harsh as most Terriers,
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: Very similar to the Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier that make up the ancestry of the Cesky Terrier
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: affable, more easy going than most Terrier breeds
  with Children: noted as exceptionally loving of kids but definitely require children that are well behaved and supervised
  with other pets: can be good but keep in mind their purpose is hunting vermin so many smaller animals (including cats) may not be safe
  with dogs: generally very good which again is a bit unusual for most Terrier breeds
Socialization requirements: moderate to high
Ideal home characteristics: Recognizing their innate Terrier aptitudes which can include vocalization (especially if inadvertantly reinforced), excessive food drive, inclination to hunting small animals and digging, otherwise exceptional companion even for city/apartment dwellers.
Temperament Notes: Noted as being much softer and gentler in attitude than the Scottie and other small terriers. Still very game oriented for those interested in EarthDog trials and events.
Training requirement: minimal; socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: Very food motivated which can be a blessing and a curse, since food can then serve as a primary distraction to training.  Gentle natures but with a strong sense of fairness.  Pushing this dog unfairly will either cause them to shut down in despair or distrust.  Positive/happy training methods will result in an enthusiastic worker with a great attitude and willingness to take on new challenges.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: early 1960s
Country of Origin: Czechoslavakia
Original Function: Earthdog
History: Developed as a more moderate terrier with a gentle temperament than the Scottie and better hunting ability because it had a smaller chest.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: luxating patella, eye problems, skin problems, hip/elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, vWD, epilepsy, liver shunt, Cushings, Scottie Cramp, allergies
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Cesky Terriers?
  • Why do you have Cesky Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Cesky Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Cesky Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Cesky Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Cesky Terrier?
  • Web Sites: National Cesky Terrier Club of America Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: Standard of the National Cesky Terrier Club of America

    Breeder Ethics: Breeder Code of Ethics for the National Cesky Terrier Club of America


    Minimal information regarding the health issues in this breed is currently available but it is reasonable to expect that any health issues would likely be similar to the current health issues in Scotties and Sealyham Terriers (their ancestors as of less than 50 years ago at this writing).

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