Although the Cesky Terrier (pronounced "chess-key") is a fairly new breed, they are one of the only ones that can directly trace their lineage back to the very beginning. These short terriers originated in the Czech Republic and were created by Frantisek Horak, an avid hunter, breeder, and geneticist, during the late 1940s. With a desire to create a dog that could dispatch rodents and be able to work well in packs, Horak decided to cross his prized Scottish Terriers with the Sealyham Terrier, which resulted in the modern-day Cesky. The breed eventually made their way to the United States in the late 1980s and earned their position as the national dog of the Czech Republic.
Known for their great hunting skills, the Cesky Terrier resembles both the Sealyham and Scottish Terrier, but with a grayish-colored coat. They are a well-muscled, short-legged breed that stands no taller than 13 inches at the shoulder. The Cesky's slightly wavy coat is long, silky, and has a glossy look, while paired with their unique haircut, it shows their muscularity, soft hair, and slim build. This small terrier is characterized by their long body and wedge-shaped head with a bearded appearance. They have brown or dark brown eyes, dropped ears, and a moderately-proportioned muzzle with a black or liver nose. The tail of the Cesky Terrier is about seven to eight inches long and well-coated.
The Cesky is an adventurous and curious little terrier that is dedicated to both their work and family. They tend to be brave, highly attentive, and with their loud bark, they can make excellent watchdogs. Although Ceskies tend to be more laid-back than most, the breed is still very much a terrier. They have a feisty and fearless personality, love to chase small animals, and can be notorious diggers but these clever dogs are comparatively more trainable and easy-going. Proper training and early socialization are important to avoid timidness or fearfulness of strangers. As long as they have consistency, a strong leader, and plenty of attention, the Cesky will be an obedient and affectionate companion. Their gentle disposition towards children and the ability to get along well with other dogs is a plus for families and a variety of households. Like all terriers, Ceskies are very energetic and require regular exercise and play, making great jogging or hiking partners. If you are lucky enough to find one, the Cesky Terrier has a calm temperament and can also be an entertaining companion for an active family.