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Cesky Terrier (Lying, Gray & Black)
Lying, Gray & Black

Breed Information


2022: #191

2021: #190

2020: #191

2019: #188

2018: #185

2017: #185

2016: #182

2015: #179

Name Cesky Terrier
Other names Bohemian Terrier
Origin Czech Republic
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:2011 & UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Cross Breed
Life span 12-15 years







Height 10 - 13 inches (25 - 32 cm)
Weight 13 - 23 pounds (6 - 10 kg)






Litter Size 2-4 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1200 - $2500 USD

Going onto the AKC, CKC or UKC website will give you a list of Cesky Terrier breeders. You can contact them to see if they have any puppies or adult dogs for sale. The average price for a pup will start from $1,200 to $2,500 based upon the breeder’s quality.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Cesky Terrier is a good dog for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

1 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

The Cesky Terrier enjoys running and playing through a wooded area or open countryside. It also needs a long daily walk on or off the lead, but always in a safe area. They are small, but will make a fairly good jogging companion. Ceskys have an average demand for exercise.


5 stars

High Maintenance: The coat of the Cesky Terrier is not stripped (dead hair pulled out with the fingers or a special knife) as in other terriers, but rather is clippered. The body and tail are clipped, and the furnishings (hair that hangs down under the body) are left long, as is the hair on the lower legs and on the face (eyebrows, beard, and moustache.) The longer hair should be brushed daily.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: Yes


2 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


1 stars

Difficult Training: Training will be difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Cesky Terrier Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Cesky Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Jack Molly
02 Duke Bella
03 Toby Lucy
04 Oliver Chloe
05 Bentley Luna
06 Riley Penny
07 Bailey Zoey
08 Zeus Abbie
09 Dexter Stella
10 Louie Lilly
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


If the Cesky Terrier (pronounce it “chess-kee,” meaning Czech) looks something like a cross between a Scottie and a Sealyham, it’s because that’s basically what it is. Ceskys are muscular, short-legged, and handsome hunters standing no taller than 13 inches at the shoulder. They come in several shades of gray, including a stunning platinum. Wavy facial hair gives Ceskys a sporty, Continental look, and the medium-long neck lends a dash of elegance to these game, unspoiled working terriers.

They are loyal family members who require continued socialization throughout their lives due to their reservednature towards strangers. Weighing in at 16 to 22 pounds, they are a comfortable size for most households and require a minimum amount of daily exercise. They are an active breed and like most terriers, love to dig. A secure backyard where the breed can get regular exercise is strongly recommended. Other exercise outlets include events like tracking, agility, earth dog and obedience.


A relatively new breed, the Cesky Terrier was developed from crosses among the Sealyham, Scottish Terrier and possibly the Dandie Dinmont. The dog’s original developer was a Czechoslovakian breeder named Frantisek Horak who was successful at getting them recognized by the FCI in 1963. Mr. Horak's goal was to breed a dog that was narrow enough to successfully get down into the dens and burrows to hunt rats and fox. By the 1980s breeders felt the Cesky Terrier no longer looked like the dogs Mr. Horak bred, so they crossed them yet again with Sealyham Terriers. The breed was first imported to the USA in 1987 and to this day is quite rare. By 1993 there were said to be only about 150 Cesky Terriers in the USA. The breed may be shown at the National Cesky Terrier Club, rare breed shows, state kennel clubs and at some FCI and UKC shows. The Cesky Terrier is a good hunter, tracker, watch and guard dog.


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