Cesky Terrier

Breed Summary

The Cesky Terrier is a well-muscled, short-legged, well-pigmented, hunting terrier of a rectangular format. The Cesky has natural drop ears, a natural tail, and sports a long, silky with slight texture coat in shades of grey from charcoal to platinum (black-pigmented) or rarely brown (liver pigmented). The Cesky is longer than it is tall and has a top line that rises slightly to the rear. It sports a soft, long, silky coat in shades of grey from charcoal to platinum. The correct coat is clipped to emphasize a slim impression. The hallmarks of the breed should be unique unto itself with a lean body and graceful movement.

Country of Origin: Czechia

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 185 of 196

AKC Classification: Terrier Group

UKC Classification: Terrier

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 10-13 inches; Male: 10-13 inches

Weight: Female: 14-24 lbs.; Male: 14-24 lbs.

Physical traits: Muscular, Short-legged, Pigmented

Coat: Length: Medium

Characteristics: Furnishings long, fine but firm, slightly wavy with a silky gloss

Colors: Grey Blue, Light Coffee Brown

Overall Grooming Needs: High

Personality traits/Temperament: Clever, Adventurous, Family-Oriented

Energy Level: Moderate

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: High

Tendency to Dig: High

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years


Cesky Terriers are quite healthy but like many other small dogs breeds prone to some health problems. These include patellar luxation (slipped stifles), cardiac problems, progressive retinal atrophy, and cataracts. Many suffer from a neurological issue known as Scotty Cramp, a somewhat debilitating but not life-threatening disorder that causes your dog to spasm, affecting their movement. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. Your breeder can discuss the potential health problems with you and help you make informed decisions about your dog’s health.


Cesky requires high-quality food for its proper development according to its different stages. This is a breed that loves to eat, so monitor his food intake carefully. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Provide adequate, fresh, and clean water regularly.


The Cesky Terrier is considered being a little less stubborn and thus more easily trainable than some other terrier breeds. They still require a firm hand in a kid glove. They will shut down if faced with negative or harsh training methods, so exercise only a positive, reward-based approach to training. Cesky Terriers are intelligent, sensible, and feisty, which makes them a suitable candidate for training for dog sports. They have a very high prey drive, however, which should be squelched from the beginning.


The Cesky enjoys a daily exercise in the form of walks and play sessions with his owner. These dogs are eager and alert on the hunt and always remain ready to run after whatever their eyes catch. They must always be on a leash when not within a securely enclosed area, however, and his yard should be fenced. The breed has a very strong prey drive, and if he sees or smells what he perceives as prey, the Cesky may not be able to resist running off in pursuit. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet.

Fun Fact

This is of the Terrier dog breeds that are notorious for stealing and begging food if he can get away with it.


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