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Breed Standard Tutorial

Using this Tutorial
Breed Standard
Why the Breed Evolved
From Head to Tail
Form Follows Function
What's Unique About the Cesky
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Charming Cesky Article
Cesky Breed Profile
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Form Follows Function

When evaluating any representative of a breed of dog, it is important to take into consideration the function for which that breed was developed. A Breed Standard is not arbitrary. There are important reasons for many of the characteristics detailed in the standard. From physical characteristics to how a dog is groomed, form can and does impact how well a dog fulfills it's intended role.


Read this section, which details some of the key functions of the Cesky Terrier, and the ways in which the standard reflects these functions.  

Remember that all dog breeds developed with a specific function in mind, from herding to companionship, and desirable characteristics were set to accommodate this intended function.   Part of evaluating any dog breed must be to determine how well it is suited to perform the tasks for which it was bred.



Characteristic: The Cesky is more amenable to other dogs and to training than many other terriers.


Maggie (Weetoons Ariel) and her Feline friend Grace

Reason: Cesky Terriers were developed to hunt in groups. Therefore a less aggressive temperament with other dogs is required.  Because they were developed to hunt with humans in the field (as opposed to ridding barns of rodents on their own), a more trainable and less independent temperament was needed.  The ideal Cesky should be responsive and obedient, while still retaining the "gameness" a terrier requires to go to ground after it's quarry.  

Note that it is these same traits that also make the Cesky a wonderful and amusing companion that generally gets along well with children and other pets.


Characteristic: The Cesky Terrier is clipped with clippers, never hand stripped. Hair is left long on the face (beard and moustache) and a fall of hair covers the eyes.

Reason: The Cesky was bred to go into burrows after game. The facial hair, especially the hair over the eyes, protects the face and eyes from sharp objects and bites or scratches from it's quarry. The Cesky was also meant to be an "easy keeper." As a working field dog who gets down and dirty, Mr. Horak wanted the Cesky to be as easy to groom as possible. Clipping is much less time consuming than hand stripping.


Characteristic: The Cesky has medium-size drop ears that cover the ear opening.

Reason: Like the fall of hair over the eyes, the drop ears help protect the ear canals from dirt or injury.


Characteristic: The chest circumference should not exceed 19 3/4 inches -- smaller is better. The chest is more cylindrical than deep.

Reason: The Cesky was specifically bred to fit in holes that were too small for either of the parent breeds (Scotty and Sealyham). In order to accomplish this, keeping the chest circumference smaller and the chest not overly deep was a key concern.  Although out of context it may seem arbitrary, remember that this was one of the primary reasons the breed was developed, and consequently it is a very significant trait.

Forelegs and Elbows

Characteristic: The forelegs should be straight, well boned and parallel.  The shoulders are well muscled.  The elbows are alongside the body, not under.  Elbows are loose but should not turn in or out.  Front feet are larger than back feed and nails are strong.  Pads are well developed.

Reason: The Cesky was bred to DIG, DIG, DIG!!  The position of the elbows and straight front legs allow the legs to move freely in a digging motion.  To illustrate this, try holding your own elbows loosely against your sides.  Your forearms are free to move forward and back alongside your body.  Now place your elbows against your ribs slightly in front of your body.  Note that the range of movement of your forearms is far less.

The strong nails, larger feet and well developed pads provide durability and surface area to facilitate digging as well.  And the well muscled shoulders provide strength and endurance for prolonged digging.



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