Cesky Terriers are a result of crossbreeding from a Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier. Therefore he must be a compromise between the two breeds, and it is an essential mistake to consider him as a coloured Sealyham terrier. The Cesky terrier must not have characteristics, which are typical of the initial breeds; he must always be a small, light, mobile, not too coarse haired dog.
They are extremely faithful and loyal with very long memories. The temperament is balanced, non-aggressive, pleasant and cheerful, easy to train; but can be reserved towards strangers; they should never be nervous or shy.
The breed standard states that the dog should be 11.5 inches at the shoulder, and bitches 11 inches. They should be of a rectangular format.
The ears are of medium size, and V shaped, they are clearly bent above the top of the skull, lying close to the skull and carried forward. Large houndy ears round in shape and hanging below the top of the skull and to the side as in the Sealyham terrier is a fault.
Coat & Colours
Cesky Terriers have a silky, soft, long and always groomed by cutting, as they do not moult, their colour keeps within all shades of grey, from nearly white colour to ark grey-black. White patches are allowed in an area of up to 20% of the total body surface. A lot of individuals have yellow marks on the muzzle, chest, and lower part of the legs and under the tail. The marks are different shades, beginning from nearly white to deep rusty colour. Therefore it is not a fault, when the Cesky Terrier has yellow or rusty coloured beard and on the hair on his legs. A Cesky must not be hand stripped, they must be clipped.
Grooming is necessary once a week although, whilst they shed their puppy coat, grooming will need to be more frequent, if mud gets stuck to his furnishings just wait until it dries and it can be quickly brushed out.
Living with a Cesky Terrier
Cesky terriers can be active dogs or couch potatoes. They will take all the exercise that you can give them or they are just as happy curled up on your lap. They are loyal companions and generally make good family pets.
As a puppy early socialisation is strongly recommended. Frequent handling by strangers and mixing with other dogs is to be encouraged. Play both with humans and other dogs is an important part of a well adjusted Cesky Terrier development
They can be reserved of strangers, and their disposition is not typical terrier. This breed is more calm and peaceable than other terriers. They should not be excessively exuberant or aggressive. They are a devoted and loyal friend.
Cesky Terriers are a robust breed who generally suffer from few health problems, provided they are kept well exercised, fit and fed on a healthy, balanced diet.
As a puppy do not give excessive exercise as this can be counter productive. Play and sleep should be the order of the day.
Always consult a Vet or the Breed Club secretary if you have any concerns about a puppy you intend to purchase. For health problems with an older dog contact with both the vet & the breeder can be beneficial.
The Breed Club Secretary will also be able to provide up-to-date advice on any current or emerging health concerns in the breed.
Cesky Terriers Frequently Asked Questions
What are they like to live with?
All Cesky terriers are great characters, but some can be especially extrovert and can be great fools. They do not have strong characters and are very easy to live with. You will achieve more through tone of voice than by smacking.
Do they have good temperaments?
Yes, however they do need the early socialisation otherwise there can be shyness there. They can become very devoted to one person in the family - they will choose and it is not necessarily the person they spend the most time with.
They can be fun loving dogs that want to be involved in everything their owners do. Be guided by the temperaments of the parents of any puppies you look at with a view to purchasing.
Are children good with them?
Yes, if they are brought up with them from puppy-hood. As with all breeds of dog, you should never leave one alone with any child. Children should be supervised with the puppy, if introduced correctly; your Cesky will become a great friend and companion to your children and will enjoy joining in all their games.
Like all breeds with the correct upbringing they make excellent family dogs, being sturdy and robust in stature.
Should I get a dog or a bitch?
The difference in size is not that noticeable and the temperament between dogs and bitches is reasonably comparable. Dogs can be more territorial than bitches. Dogs tend to be more extrovert and want to play games and join in, whereas bitches can prefer a quieter life, although there a always the exception to the rule
Bitches have the disadvantage of coming in season twice yearly. Of course, having your bitch spayed will put an end to this, but spayed bitches can become fat and lethargic.
In my opinion unless you particularly want to breed puppies, a dog makes a better companion than a bitch.
Are they easy to house-train?
We always advocate using a crate as a training aid and also as their 'den'. Dogs like somewhere of their own to go to and a crate provides a secure environment for them. Like most breeds if you put the time in when the puppy is very young, then yes. You must be prepared to keep letting your new puppy out to relieve himself every 30 minutes or so, while he is awake and playing. If he has had drink or food put him outside, as the change of temperature is normally enough to affect their bladder and a little exercise will normally be enough for any use of the bowel.
Try not to let the puppy mess in the house so that he learns the right habits and does not make mistakes. Sometimes they can muddle up house with garden relieving themselves indoors. Your consistency of purpose and by rewarding for good behaviour your new pup soon is on the way to being clean in the house by about 4 months of age. Even adults need to relieve themselves at regular intervals, to avoid any chance of making mistakes. Be careful when visiting friends houses, as sometimes the dogs will want to 'mark' their new territory - this more often applies to dogs but bitches can join in the act as well!!
Are they destructive?
Yes, if they are bored and fed up because they have been left for a long period. They are more likely to chew when teething as their adult teeth are quite large. If you are going out for a couple of hours it may be better to put your Cesky in a dog-crate. He should be exercised before you shut him away and give him a cosy blanket to lie on and some interesting toys to play with.
How much exercise do they need?
All dogs should be regularly exercised otherwise they can become bored, noisy and destructive in the house. Try not to simply turn the dog out in the garden, they benefit from proper exercise on and off the lead. Teach your new puppy to walk sensibly on the lead and get him used to traffic. Teach him to come back off the lead while he is still small. Don't over exercise young Cesky terriers. 10-15 minutes a day is plenty for a pup of 4 - 6 months old. By the time they reach maturity at about 1 year old increase the time spent walking to about an hour each day.
Do they come back, if let off the lead?
Normally yes, provided you have let them off the lead when they are young puppies (after they have completed their injections) and spent time showing them what you want.
Is it safe to let him off the lead when we are out for road walks?
Does my garden need to be "dog-proof"?
Yes. Your garden needs to be completely dog-proof, with a good fence all round. Make sure any gates are clearly marked so that visitors shut them properly..
Do they bark much?
In general, they only bark at something not like hounds that can just bark so the sake of it.
Do they moult?
No - They require clipping at least 4 times a year.
How much grooming do they need ?
Grooming should be about once a week. When they are shedding their puppy coat they can get knots, so it is important to groom them 3 or 4 times a week during this period. The Cesky should be bathed as and when required, no one likes to live with a smelly dog.
Start the bathing routine from about 4 months of age and this also is recommended when grooming. Try to stick to a set pattern so that the dog becomes used to and is comfortable with you handling him and combing/brushing him.
This also provides a good chance to check all round health. Make sure his ears are clean, sometimes grass seeds can get in the ears and their ears need to have the hair pulled from inside. This must be done with care. Check that eyes are free from discharges and feet free of mud-balls between the pads. Regular grooming and general handling will make your Cesky easy to cope with if he has to visit the vet for any reason. Make it part of the puppy's socialisation training.
What if I want to breed from my bitch?
Cesky terriers are a specialist breed and can be difficult to sell if you don't have "contacts" in the breed. They can have quite large litters of 6 - 8 puppies. Remember if new owners are not forthcoming you could be faced with keeping this number of extremely active (and hungry) pups beyond the age of 8 weeks until suitable homes become available. Have you the time and the space for such a commitment?
Perhaps it would be better to get another puppy from a specialist breeder if you want a companion for your pet.
Are they healthy as a breed?
Generally, Cesky terriers are very healthy dogs and given a good, balanced diet, plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, should be no more prone to ill-health than any other dog.
Are there any particular health problems to look out for?
Cesky terriers can suffer from an ailment called Scotty Cramp. Breeders are very aware of this problem, but as yet there is no accurate test that can be carried out to detect potential carriers. Fortunately there have only been a very few cases in this country, as breeders try not to breed from those lines they think may carry this ailment.
Always seek the advice of your vet or the breeder if you are worried.
PLEASE NOTE: Always consult your Vet for the latest advice on potential health problems in the Breed, prior to buying a puppy (or older dog).
Should I have two?
Cesky terriers love company and get on very well with each other, and other breeds.
Don't forget... two dogs = twice everything, noise, wet paws, wet noses and baths.