It’s funny how dogs know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it? – Eleanor H. Porter
A relatively new breed of dog, the Cesky (pronounced chess-key) Terrier was created in the mid-twentieth century in Czechoslovakia.
Geneticist Frantisek Horak crossed the Scottish Terrier with the Sealyham Terrier to produce a small, short-legged hunting terrier. Bred to go to ground hunting fox, badger, and other vermin, the Cesky Terrier can follow its quarry into burrows that are too small for other terriers.
Photos displayed courtesy of Wendy Craig, Zlata Praha Reg’d, Ontario
The Cesky Terrier stands up to 11 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a soft, silky coat in shades of blue-grey or brown. Puppies are born black, and gradually lighten to their adult colour in a process that can last as long as three years. Ceskies do not shed but require regular grooming to keep their coats free of mats.
The Cesky Terrier is not as aggressive or independent as other terriers. His personality is calm, attentive, and good-natured. He makes an affectionate and devoted family pet who enjoys the company of other people, especially children. Since he was originally a pack hunter, he gets along better with other dogs than most terriers. The Cesky also tolerates other household pets well. The Cesky has a pleasant, playful, and cheerful temperament. He is also alert and a little wary of strangers which makes him an excellent watchdog.
Sensitive, responsive, and more eager to please than most terriers, the Cesky is easy to train. His small size also makes him a good choice for almost any accommodation. He should have regular exercise as his love of food may cause him to gain weight.