Cesky Terrier

"The Quiet Terrier"

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The original Cesky (pronounced “chess-kee”) Terrier is from the Czech Republic, first bred in 1949 from a Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier when Mr. Frantisik Horak was trying to create a terrier suitable for hunting in packs. They came to the US in the 1980s and were recognized by the AKC beginning in 2011.


If you’re looking for an excellent companion you can take almost anywhere, the Cesky Terrier might be for you. They are playful and sporty, yet calm, sweet, loyal and obedient. They love people, but need a firm set of rules or they can be stubborn and defiant. While they’re not as excitable as other terriers, they are still hunting dogs that like to dig and chase.


While Cesky Terriers are born black or black and tan, most mature dogs are charcoal to platinum gray. Their long, fine, wavy coats are often clipped to show their muscly necks and bodies, but their mustache, beard and eyebrows are left long and bushy. They have a square jaw, short legs, triangular drop ears and a 7 to 8 inch tail.


A well-trained Cesky Terrier is a joy to have around the house. With a consistent set of rules, they are well-mannered and eager to please. They are too sensitive for harsh training techniques and have a short attention span, so stick to positive reinforcement and short, interesting training sessions on a frequent basis.

Grooming & Care

If you enjoy brushing and grooming, you will enjoy caring for a Cesky Terrier. A very low shedding breed, they need to be brushed at least twice a week, but daily is best, and they need to be clipped about 4 to 6 times a year. Hair between the toes and in the ears needs to be trimmed.

Health Concerns

They’re generally healthy, but can be prone to Scottie Cramp Syndrome, which is inherited from the parents, so ask breeders directly about it. They’re also prone to obesity because they love food, so keep an eye on their diet.

Famous Cesky Terrier

Brubeck, Best of Breed at Westminster, and Best in Show in Canada.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level Moderate
Schedule Part-time or willing to hire a dog walker
Personal Style Easygoing and casual, Affectionate
Training Style Consistent, Firm, Gentle
Home Anything goes with enough exercise
Children The more, the merrier!
Experience Not necessary
Quick Facts
Size Small
Grooming Consider a professional groomer
Exercise Moderate - needs to walk or play every day
Training Fast learner, Learns well but bores easily
Temperment Friendly, Goofy and playful, Sweet, Headstrong
Challenges Can be stubborn if the rules are inconsistent. Need to be well-socialized from a young age so they’re not shy with strangers.
Height 10 to 13 inches
Weight 13 to 24 pounds
Life 12 to 15 years
Home Alone Can be vocal
With Kids Excellent
With Strangers Reserved
Availability Rare and may have a waiting list

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