Czech Terrier

Cesky Terrier, Bohemian Terrier

At first glance, the Czech Terrier looks like an old dog, as do many Terriers. Beard, whiskers and bushy eyebrows are largely responsible for this impression. Beyond that, one discovers a vigorous, active, cheerful and very pleasant dog. Patient and gentle, he can bring happiness to an elderly person, as well as a family with several children. Intuitive and intelligent, he adapts very well to all types of owners.

Height 25 to 32 cm
Weight 6 to 9 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 15 years
Home country Czech Republic

Quick Overview of the Czech Terrier


  • Calm and cheerful
  • Pleasant and very affectionate
  • Very sociable
  • Not at all aggressive


  • Short on legs
  • Well-structured, muscular silhouette
  • Special physique with bushy eyebrows, beard and whiskers


  • Scotty Cramp
  • Very robust
  • Long life expectancy

Temperament of the Czech Terrier

Calm, cheerful, pleasant and very affectionate, the Czech Terrier is also very sociable, as much with his fellow creatures as with humans. He is not at all aggressive, but can be very stubborn at times. An adequate education will be useful to him so that he learns to obey his master.

He is an excellent hunting dog, but is also suited to all families. He is perfectly adapted for children, and loves their games. He is patient and very gentle with them.

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Breed Appearance

Czech terrier

Short on legs, the Czech Terrier is muscular and very well built. His particular physique is determined by his bushy eyebrows, beard and whiskers, among other things.


Between 25 and 32 cm (9.84 to 12.60 inches) for the male
Between 25 and 32 cm (9.84 to 12.60 inches) for the female


Between 6 and 9 kg (13.23 to 19.84 pounds) for the male
Between 6 and 9 kg (13.23 to 19.84 pounds) for the female


He comes in two varieties, light brown or blue-grey. The light brown coat dog is dark brown at birth, and the blue-grey dog is completely black.

Certain color markings are allowed such as white, yellow or gray, which can be located on the belly, chest, neck and even on the tip of the tail.


His long hair is solid and fine, and slightly wavy, with a very silky sheen.


His head is rather narrow, but has the shape of a truncated and fairly long corner. His eyes are medium size.

Eye color varies according to coat color, ranging from light to dark brown. His ears are medium size, set high and close to the cheeks. They are triangular in shape.

His nose is dark. His relatively thick tail is set low.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 2 and is #246

Tips About this breed

The Czech Terrier is an excellent companion for all types of owners. Born for hunting, he has become very popular as a show and companion dog.

Although he may be suitable for everyone, he still needs to spend his overwhelming energy.

Very energetic, he should be able to benefit from daily exercise.

He can live in the city or in the country, as long as he gets daily walks and sufficient exercise.

Although he is rather suspicious and reserved towards strangers, he is by no means aggressive.

On the other hand, his stubbornness is very present, and he must be able to benefit from a good education. It should not be neglected, but as he is receptive and intelligent, it will be done without any problem.

Education must also prevent him from developing his aggressiveness, nor exacerbate his distrust of strangers, which is already naturally present.

Health of the Czech Terrier

No particular pathology affects the breed, but it can happen that some specimens suffer from  "Scotty Cramp" which generally affects more the Scottish Terrier.

It is not a disease particularly related to the Czech Terrier, but some specimens can be affected.

Very robust, he generally enjoys good health and life expectancy.


His particular look requires a minimum of maintenance. His hair must be groomed with scissors, in order to accentuate his eyebrows and beard.

Coat maintenance and grooming must be done on a regular basis.

History of this breed

Originating in Czechoslovakia, the Czech Terrier is a small dog belonging to the large family of Terriers. Created by Frantisek Horak in 1948, the Czech Terrier is a cross between Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier.

Having worked in a research laboratory, Frantisek Horak used his knowledge in order to obtain a lighter and shorter breed on legs, requiring little maintenance and easy to train.

Presented for the first time in 1959 in display, the breed was received by the FCI in 1963. He only arrived in France in 1989.

Created and used first for hunting, he has nowadays become mainly a companion and show dog.

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