Origin: Czech Republic
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 7-11, Female: 6-10
Height: Male: 11-13, Female: 10-12
Origin of Name: The Cesky Terrier is a well-muscled, short legged, well-pigmented, hunting terrier of a rectangular format.
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However Cesky (aka Bohemian Terrier) is the only Czech breed in the AKC stud book known as the nation Bohemia, then Czechoslovakia, and finally the Czech Republic can present a long, distinguished history of dog breeding. This tradition goes back at least to the 14th century, when Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor and the King of Bohemia held a grand kennel of international fame. But it is not the Middle Ages but the World War II era where the Cesky story begins.
Like the Doberman Pinscher and Boykin Spaniel, the Cesky (pronounced ""chess-key,"" meaning Czech) is a breed born of a person's vision. In this case, the visionaries were the mid-20th century Czech breeder, sportsman, and geneticist Frantisek Horak, who hunted in the jungles outside Prague.
Horak established an ambitious breeding program. His ideal was a dog that could go to the ground and send a rat like a true terrier, but be gentle and obedient at home as retreaters as well as work in packs like hounds on big games. Was.
If the Cesky looks something like a cross between the Scottish Terrier and the Seeleyham Terrier, it stands to reason what it is originally. Horak employed a prudent cross of Scots and Seals over the years to make the dog of his dreams. (At least one canine historian suggests that, at some point, Horak introduced the Dundee Dinmont Terrier and transformed the Dashasund into a genetic mixture.)
The old Czech proverb ""like a dog, like a master"" certainly applies to Horak. According to a 2011 story in the AKC Gazette, ""Horak persisted through World War II and a communist revolution with a terrier-like determination to forge his vision of a new hunting breed.""
The Ceskys were first imported to the United States in the late 1980s, and the breed was admitted to the AKC in 2011.