What's Unique About the Cesky Terrier?
Now that you have an understanding
of the Cesky Standard and the ideal characteristics of the breed, take a
moment to put this information in a broader perspective.
following section, which highlights how the Cesky is unique from other
terriers. Keeping these attributes in mind will help avoid the
pitfalls of evaluating the Cesky based on your knowledge of other
The Cesky Terrier has
several unique characteristics that set it apart from other terriers. If you
have bred, judged or exhibited other terriers, it is important to keep these
differences in mind when evaluating a Cesky. Key differences include:
Demeanor:The Cesky is significantly more mellow than one would expect
from a terrier so:
- Do not expect a Cesky to be a typical terrier "dynamo" in the
- A Cesky should not be expected to spar
- A Cesky should be amenable to
- A Cesky is often reserved with strangers, and
this is an acceptable characteristic. Excessive shyness or
aggression is not permissible however.
people who are used to a wiry coat and all the work involved to maintain that
wiry texture, may be tempted to fault the Cesky for its soft coat. A Cesky coat
should be soft and silky, not wiry and coarse.
Cesky is always groomed with clippers, never hand-stripped. The pattern on
the Cesky, the slightly longer "saddle" on the back, is unique
to the breed. Unlike many long-haired terriers, there is no skirt left
around the vent area.
Topline:The Cesky topline should NOT be level. There should be a slight
rise at the loins. The rump should be slanted slightly downward. The hips are
often higher than the withers. The dog should be neither roach backed (excessive
arch) or soft-backed (excessive dip in the back).
Tail Carriage:Unlike many terriers, Cesky tails should be held down at
rest, with a slight upward bend at the tip. Cesky tails are natural (undocked)
and should be 7-8" long. In movement, the tail may be carried down, horizontal
or up. The base of the tail should not be angled over the back. The tail should
not be curled over and against the back. The tail should be set low.
Chest:The chest should be more cylindrical than deep. Chest size was
"engineered" to be smaller than the parent breeds to allow entry into small
burrows. A deep chest, like that of a Dandie Dinmont or some of the other
short-legged breeds, is not desirable on a Cesky. Chest circumference must
not exceed 19 3/4 inches, and under 18 inches is preferable.
Elbows:Elbows should be positioned along side the body, not under it.
Elbows should allow free movement to facilitate digging. Elbows should neither
turn in nor out.
expect a Cesky to be a "bullet." They were designed to be
steady, but with staying power. The gallop is slow and steady. The
trot is deliberate, with good drive -- more flowing and less "choppy"
than some other terriers.