Illustration of Cesky Terrier

The Cesky Terrier is the national dog of the Czech Republic and was developed by geneticist Dr František Horák through the crossing of Scottish Terriers with Sealyhams. This is a relatively new breed, Dr Horák starting his breeding programme in the late 1940s. The Cesky Terrier was recognised by the FCI in 1963 and by the KC in 1990.

The Cesky has a gentle manner with people, but is still capable of seeing off vermin. Unlike many of the trimmed terriers which have hand stripped wiry coats, the Cesky has his body coat clipped.


The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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