Cesky Terrier Dog Breed Facts & Information

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So you want to adopt a dog? Congratulations! You're taking the first steps to finding the right breed for your life!

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Before settling on a breed, you need to find the right one for you. One that fits your lifestyle! Details like size, energy level, and personality can really affect not only your home but the happiness of your new pet.

If you have the right kind of life for an intelligent, curious, and at times reserved dog, then you might want to consider the Cesky terrier.


The Basics

The Cesky terrier is a small-sized dog with an adult weighing 14-24 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. An adult Cesky terrier can be up to 13 inches tall, and their life expectancy is around 15 years.

The History

The Cesky terrier was developed by Mr. Frantisek Horak, a Czechoslovakian geneticist. Development of this breed started in 1949. Since the Cesky terrier has been the most successful of the national breeds, it has been featured on postage stamps, on television, in books and even in a movie.


The Cesky terrier is used for hunting fox, rabbits, ducks, pheasants, and even wild boar. In fact, there is a club of Cesky terrier owners in the Czech Republic that is just for people who hunt with their Cesky terriers.

The Cesky terrier is the AKC's 172nd breed and was officially recognized in 2011. This breed is in the company of the Scottish terrier, bull terrier, and the Jack Russell terrier in the terrier breed group.

The Personality

The Cesky terrier is a loyal family member who will need an owner ready and willing to help them socialize. They are reserved by nature and need to be introduced to strangers. They are comfortable being at home and require a minimum amount of daily exercise.


Be careful leaving these dogs outside unsupervised. They love to dig. The Cesky terrier is adventurous, very smart, and family-oriented. They do very well with children. They want to be active in agility and obedience training. They are tenacious when put to work, but they can be more laid back than the typical terrier.

The Appearance

The Cesky terrier cannot go unnoticed due to their unique appearance. Their head is about 7-8 inches long, 3-4 inches wide, and is shaped like a long, blunt wedge.


The Cesky terrier has natural drop ears and a natural tail. The Cesky is longer than its tall and has a topline that rises slightly higher over the loin and rump. It sports a soft, long, silky coat in shades of gray from charcoal to platinum.

The Cesky terrier needs regular grooming — 1-3 times a week — to stay looking sharp. Pay particular attention to the under-arm area, as it can get easily matted.

Cesky Terrier essential facts:

  • Personality: Adventurous, clever, and family-oriented
  • Energy Level: Somewhat active
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: With supervision
  • Trainability: Responds well
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-24 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 15 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about schnauzers and this list of working dogs.