Cesky Vital Statistics
By Deborah Stevenson
The Cesky Terrier
is a small but sturdy, rectangular terrier with short legs, drop-ears,
long coat and a big heart. Calm, responsive and devoted, the Cesky
makes a wonderful family pet in a wide range of living situations. The
Cesky is less aggressive with other dogs, less independent, and more
eager to please than many terrier breeds.
Height: 10 - 12 1/2 inches
13 - 22 lbs.
Blue-gray (ranging from
silver to dark charcoal). Some are a uniform color, while others have
lighter markings (pale gray, yellow or cream) on the face and
extremities. Some white markings are permissible, but the basic color
must predominate. Puppies are born black and lighten over time. This
process can take up to 3 years. Light-coffee-brown (with puppies born
chocolate brown) is possible, but this color is extremely rare.
Coat: Soft, slightly wavy, with a silky gloss and not overly thick.
The Cesky Terrier is always clipped (with clippers), never hand
stripped as many
terriers are. A fall of hair largely covers the eyes and the Cesky
sports a beard. The cheeks, ears and tail are clipped close, the body
is slightly longer, and the hair is left long on the lower sides,
belly and legs.
Temperament: A balanced,
non-aggressive, pleasant and cheerful companion, who is anxious to
please and easy to train. The Cesky can be somewhat reserved towards
strangers, but is devoted and loving with his family and those he
knows. The Cesky is calm and has a kind disposition.
Suitable With Children: Yes.
Cesky Terriers seem to have a natural affinity for children,
especially if raised with them, and make playful and loving
companions. As with any animal, supervision is important when young
children and dogs interact.
Suitable With Other Pets:
Yes. Unlike many terriers, Ceskys were bred to hunt in groups and tend
to enjoy the company of other dogs. Most also get along well with cats
and other pets.
Originally bred to "go to ground" after the usual fare
(vermin, fox, badger, etc.), today most commonly a family companion.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise:
1-2 times a week. Clipping every 6-8 weeks. Cesky Terriers are
non-shedding, so regular grooming is required to keep the coat
mat-free. Clean the corner of the eyes frequently and remove excess
hair from the ear canal during bi-monthly grooming/clipping session.
Trim hair between foot pads and keep nails clipped regularly. Because
they love food, exercise is helpful to maintain a healthy weight.
However exercise requirements are easily met with a daily walk or game
Training: The Cesky is a very
responsive dog that is sensitive and anxious to please. Many are
naturally obedient. Most are far too soft-tempered for harsh training
methods. Positive, consistent training is much more effective. Because
they love to eat, food stealing is often the most difficult behavior
problem to correct.
Active and playful outdoors, mellow and quiet in the house.
Can thrive in an apartment or in the country, as long as he is close
to the people he loves. Because of his strong desire to be with his
family, the Cesky should always be a house dog (i.e., not kept outside
or kenneled excessively).
Health Issues: Usually very
healthy and robust. Because of the Scottie in it's background, a
condition known as Scottie Cramp is possible, but not prevalent in the
breed. Not prone to back problems as are many of the long bodied,
short legged breeds.
Life Span: 10
- 15 Years
Litter Size: 2 - 6
Country of Origin:
CKC, FCI, UKC, KCGB
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