General Information

Dog NameCesky Terrier
Other NamesBohemian Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHunting Dog
Breed ForHunting birds and small game
Country of OriginCzechia

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male5
Max Ideal Weight for male9
Min Ideal Weight for female4
Max Ideal Weight for male9


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSmart, Family-Oriented, Loving
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyLow
Office FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginCzech Republic
Nicknames and Other NamesBohemian Terrier
Český Teriér
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbreed (hunting dog)
GroupTerrier Group
Bred ForHunting small animals and birds
Life Span12-15 years
Ideal Weight13-23 pounds
Ideal Height10-13 inches
Fur TypeFine, long and slightly wavy
Common ColorsGray
MarkingsWhite markings, Tan furnishings,
Yellow furnishings, Silver furnishings,
Cream furnishings
AvailabilityModerately available
AchievementsPortrayed on post stamp in
Czech Republic
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToScottish Terrier

The Cesky Terriers are easy going dogs with even temperament and lively personality. They are suited for homes those who are looking for a lively companion. They are muscular, short-legged, and are great hunters. Ceskies have a fine silky coat with wavy facial hair which gives them a sporty look.

Cesky Terrier dogs require regular exercise and early training so they need enough time from the family members. These breed with a bearded face and long drop ears are adorable dogs.

Origin and History

The Cesky Terrier is originated in 1948 in Czechoslovakia by crossing the Sealyham Terriers and the Scottish Terriers for the purpose of hunting vermin in the forests of Bohemia.

Thanks to the sportsman named, Frantisek Horak, who grew up hunting outside Prague. Horak decided to develop a dog who can go to ground and dispatch rat and could also work in a pack like hounds with a gentle and obedient companion as retrievers. Frantisek Horak crossed Sealyham Terriers and the Scottish Terrier, and as a result, the Cesky Terrier was born.

The breed Cesky Terrier was first introduced in the United States in 1980 and in the United Kingdom in 1989. The Cesky Terriers were recognized by the AKC in 2011 and ranked 189th most popular breed according to the American Kennel Club.

Cesky Behavior Around Children

Cesky Terriers are child-friendly because they are loyal, devoted and playful. They make a great companion for children as long as they have been raised and children have been taught proper boundaries. They love children who can play with them all day long.

The Cesky Terriers have the energy to keep up with children and won’t refuse a play. However, even they are the more laidback of the terriers, their patience should not be tested.

Cesky Terrier with kid.

The foundation of mutual love and respect between children and dogs should be built between the Cesky Terriers and the kids at home. Cesky Terriers are more playful and social than other dogs. However proper supervision should be made for Cesky Terriers and other pets.

What Kind of Behavior And Personality Does Cesky Have?

The Cesky Terriers are known as the calmest and easy-going among terriers because they are happy more friendly and non-aggressive with every people as well as other pets. However, they are suspicious and shy towards strangers which make them a good choice to watchdogs.

Cesky Terriers are playful, sweet and are extremely loyal to their owners. These little dogs love spending time with their owner and hate being left alone for long periods. They are highly sensitive dogs and will easily get depressed when treated harshly or ignored.

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Cesky Terrier with the owner. Image Source: instagram@crownvetsinverness

Cesky Terriers develop separation anxiety if left for a long time. Like all terriers, Cesky dogs can be stubborn too. That doesn’t mean they are very dominant and unintelligent. When it comes to stubbornness, you could avoid this behavior with patience and consistent training.


Cesky Terriers are easy to train since they are always eager to please their owners. They will happily follow the commands just to make their masters happy. This sensitive breed will not respond to harsh training so it is better you use positive reinforcement methods with calm on your voice.

Cesky Terrier obedience training.

If trained properly with consistent leadership, they are perfect dogs with excellent and alert watchdogs as well as a well-mannered house companion.


Some of the facts related to Cesky Terriers are:

  • Cesky Terrier is said to be the less famous dog breed.
  • It has been recorded in Foundation Stock Service since 1996.
  • In the country of its origin, they have been portrayed on postage stamps.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Lens Luxation,
Patellar Luxation, Scottie Cramp, Eye Problems
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingNone to Minimal Shedding
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingHard and Lot og Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%-22%
Fat: 8%
Fish Oil

This Cesky Terrier breed is not known to have many health problems and is usually considered to be a healthy breed. However, some are prone to certain health conditions than others. With regular exercise, healthy diet and vet checks, your companion will remain by your side for many years to come.

The main health conditions that the owner should be worried about are:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition in which the hip socket does not fully cover the ball portion of the upper thigh.
  • Scottie Cramp Syndrome: It is a condition causing spasms and hyperflexion and hyperextension of legs.
  • Slipped Stifles: It refers to the dislocation of patella bone from the knee joint.

Color Patterns

Cesky terriers are found in the following color:

  • Light coffee brown
  • Grey-blue


Cesky Terrier dogs can give birth to 2 to 6 puppies at a time.

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Cesky Terrier puppies. Image


The average cost of the Cesky Terrier puppy ranges from $1200 to $2000 USD depending on the breeder.


The male Cesky Terriers have a height of 29 cm similarly, the female will stand up to the height of 27 cm relatively two or three inches smaller than the male ones.

The average weight of the Cesky Terriers is 10-13 pounds.

Which dog breed are they similar to?

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