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Review the photos below, which exemplify the variations in Cesky color.  The standard is somewhat vague regarding color, and actually there is great variety within the "blue-grey" range.  Because the light brown color is extremely rare, only the colors in the blue-grey range are illustrated here.

Blue-grey may range from pale silver grey to a true bluish grey color, to almost black.  Any shade of grey is acceptable, but dogs should have good pigment.  Dogs with so little pigment that they appear white (referred to as optically white) should be penalized. 

van Bodasca Cesky Terriers








This is a typical variation of blue grey Note the very dark shade of grey on the ears, above the nose and on the tail.  The body color where the hair is clipped appears a darker shade than the longer furnishings on the belly and legs.

INT/Multiple Ch. Chlap Lovu Zdar









Charcoal can be any shade of dark grey to almost black. 

As in blue grey dogs, color may be even throughout, or varied in intensity and depth of color.  Longer furnishings often appear lighter.


Von Guensburg's Serena's Song









Bicolor dogs are also acceptable.  Born with tan or brindle markings in a pattern similar to a doberman, these dogs mature with a darker saddle and lighter furnishings on the legs and head.  Furnishings may be cream, silver or off-white and should not be confused with white markings.  


Ridley Hadka
This photo illustrates another form of bicolor.  Unlike the version with the darker saddle, this form of bicolor is darker throughout, with lighter markings on the eyebrows, muzzle and cheeks, and on the  legs. Ridley Zazrak



White markings are acceptable on the chest, chin, feet or belly.  Occasionally you may see a white collar or white tail tip.  

On puppies and darker dogs, white markings are easy to spot.  On lighter dogs, the white markings may blend with the lighter furnishings and be difficult to see.  

White markings covering more than 20% of the dog is a disqualification.  However it is important not to confuse the lighter furnishings/markings on a  bicolor dog (as shown above), with white markings like the white blaze on this puppy's chest. 

A white blaze on the head is also a disqualification.


[Cantabile Penelope as a puppy]


Cesky puppies are born solid black, or, in the case of bicolor dogs, black with brindle or tan markings in a Dobie or Rottie type pattern.  They turn grey as they mature.  Cesky color often changes slightly throughout the life of the dog.  The change from black to grey can take as long as three years.  Usually, the slower the change to grey, the darker the dog will be ultimately. 

While puppies and young adults may show some brindling, this is not acceptable in a mature adult. Brindle markings in a dog over 2 years old is a disqualification.

[Windrush Cesky Terriers puppy]


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