(Cesky Terrier)


FCI-Standard N° 246 / 20. 01. 1998 / GB



TRANSLATION : Mrs Dipl. Ing. K. Bechov  and Mrs R. Binder-Gresly.

ORIGIN : Czech Republic.


UTILIZATION : Formerly a  Terrier breed for hunting foxes and badgers, today more a house-and companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION FCI :               Group     3   Terriers.
                                           Section    2   Small sized Terriers.
                                           Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL  SUMMARY  : The  Czech Terrier  is the  result of  an appropriate crossbreeding between a  Sealyham Terrier dog and a Scotch Terrier bitch,  with the  aim to develop  a light, short legged,  well pigmented hunting Terrier, with practical drop ears, easy to groom and easy to train.  In 1949 Mr. Frantisek Hor k from Kl novice near Prague started to improve the breed by fixing their characteristics.  In 1959 these dogs were shown  for the first time,  and the breed was  finally recognized by the FCI in 1963.

GENERAL APPEARANCE  : Short  legged, long  haired, well made and  well muscled Terrier with smallish drop ears, of a rectangular format.

IDEAL MEASURES :                       Male          Female
Height at withers                                  29 cm               27 cm
Length of skull                                     21 cm               20 cm
Width of skull                                       10 cm                 9 cm
Girth of thorax (GO BACK TO LIST elbows)             45 cm               44 cm
Length of body                                     43 cm               40cm                            



BEHAVIOUR  /  TEMPERAMENT  : Balanced,  non-aggressive,  pleasant  and cheerful  companion,   easy  to   train;  somewhat  reserved   towards strangers; of calm and kind disposition.

Shaped like  a long,  blunt, not  too broad  wedge, the  plane of  the
forehead forming a distinctive breaking with the bridge of the nose.

Skull : Not too broad between the ears and tapering moderately towards the supraorbital  ridges.    Occipital protuberance  easy to  palpate; cheek  bones  moderately  prominent.   Frontal  furrow  only  slightly marked.
Stop : Not accentuated but apparent.

Nose : Dark and well developed.  It should be black on Terriers with a
grey-blue coat and liver-coloured on light-coffee brown Terriers.
Nasal bridge : Straight.
Jaws/teeth : Strong jaws.   Scissors or level bite; complete dentition
(the absence of the 2 M3 in the lower jaw not being penalized).  Teeth
strong, regularly aligned and set square to the jaw.
Lips : Relatively thick, fitting neatly.
Cheeks : Cheek bones not too prominent.
Eyes : Of medium  size, slightly deep set, with a friendly expression;
well covered  by the  overhanging eyebrows.   Brown or dark brown  in grey-blue  coated  dogs,  light   brown  in  light-coffee-brown  dogs.
Eyelids black  in grey-blue  dogs, liver-colour in  light-coffee-brown
Ears :  Of medium size, dropping  in such a way  as to well cover  the
orifice.   Set  on  rather high  and  falling flat  along the  cheeks.
Shaped like a triangle,  with the shorter side  of the triangle at the fold of the ear.

NECK : Medium long, quite strong, carried on a slant.  The skin at the
throat is somewhat loose but without forming a dewlap.

BODY : Oblong.
Upper line : Not straight because loins and rump are always moderately
Withers : Not very pronounced; neck set on rather high.
Back : Strong, of medium length.
Loins : Relatively long, muscular, broad and slightly rounded.
Croup : Strongly developed,  muscular; pelvis moderately slanting.  Hip bones often slightly higher than the withers.
Chest : More cylindrical than deep; ribs well sprung.
Belly : Ample and slightly tucked up.  Flanks well filled.


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TAIL : The ideal  length is 18-20 cm;  relatively strong and low  set.
At rest hanging downward  or with a slight bend at the tip; when alert
the tail is carried sabre shape horizontally or higher.


FOREQUARTERS  :  The  forelegs  should  be straight,  well  boned  and parallel.
Shoulders : Muscular.
Elbows : Somewhat loose, yet neither turned in nor out.
Forefeet :  Large;  well  arched toes  and  strong nails.   Pads  well developed and thick.

HINDQUARTERS : Hindlegs strong, parallel, well angulated and muscular.
Lower thigh : Short.
Hock joint : Set relatively high, strongly developed.
Hindfeet : Smaller than the forefeet.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Free, enduring,  vigorous, with drive.   Gallop rather slow but lasting.  The forelegs extend in a straight forward line.

SKIN : Firm, thick, without wrinkles or dewlap, pigmented.


TEXTURE : Hair long,  fine but firm, slightly wavy with a silky gloss; not too  much  overdone.   The Czech  Terrier is  groomed by  scissors (clipping).  At the forepart of the head the hair is not to be clipped thus forming brows and  beard.  On the  lower parts of the legs, under the chest and belly  the hair should not  be clipped either.   In show condition the hair at the upper side of the neck, on the shoulders and on the back should not be longer than 1 - 1,5 cm; it should be shorter on the sides of  the body and on the tail and quite short on the ears, cheeks, at the lower side of the neck, on elbows, thighs and round the vent.   The transition between clipped  and unclipped areas should  be pleasing for the eye and never abrupt.

COLOUR : The Czech Terrier has 2 varieties of coat colour :
- grey-blue (puppies are born black)
- light-coffee-brown (puppies born chocolate brown)
In both colour varieties  yellow, grey or white markings are permitted on the head (beard,  cheeks), neck, chest, belly,  the limbs and round the vent.  Sometimes  there is also a  white collar or a  white tip of the tail.  The basic colour, however, must always be predominant.

Height at withers between  25 - 32 cm.   Ideal size for a dog = 29 cm,
for a bitch = 27 cm.
The weight must not be less than 6 kg and more than 10 kg.

FAULTS : Any departure  from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and  the seriousness with which  the fault should be  regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

  • Weak construction.
  • Temporary loss of nasal pigmentation (snow nose).
  • Weak, short or snipey foreface, with weakly developed teeth.
  • Absence of one (1) incisor.
  • Eyes too big or protruding.
  • Ears too  big or  too small,  or different  in shape or carriage  as  described in the standard.
  • Back too long or too short.
  • Crooked forelegs, incorrect front.
  • Coat too fine or too coarse.


  • Aggresive or overly shy.
  • Absence of  more  than  4 teeth  altogether;  absence of  2 or  more  incisors.
  • Canine placed in vestibulo position.
  • Entropion or ectropion.
  • Chest circumference more than 50 cm.
  • Curled tail or carried over the back.
  • Long brindled coat on dogs older than 2 years.
  • Coarse or curled cotton-wool type hair.
  • White markings covering more than 20%; white blaze on the head.
  • Irregular, jerky, spasmodic movements ("Scottie cramp")
  • Weight above 10 kg or less than 6 kg.
  • Shyness, unbalanced or aggressive disposition.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B : Male animals  should have two apparently  normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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ORIGIN: Czechoslovakia

E' a race much recent one, only recognized in 1963 and came "created" and selected from the breeder Boemo Franta Hork.

E' a terrier to short leg that however equally turns out agile and resistant.

Ransom: The height comprised between the 27 and 35 centimeters to the garrese for a comprised optimal weight between the 6 and nine kilograms.

Long head with tartufo very developed (black has one or color liver); the jaws are sturdy and with closing to scissor.
The eyes are dark brown, infossati and a cordial expression confers it.
The orecchie are pendants and join to cheeks.
Ia tail comes left integral and lowered capacity (exceeds the garretti).
Muscolose shoulders and sturdy limbs.
The hair blue Gray, or caff clearly.


Been born like hunter of selvati to us in lair, in particular found a terrible enemy of the rats. Friend instead of the domestic animals, giocherellone, trainable, of pleasant aesthetic aspect, become an excellent dog from able company to alternate the game with with the children, a careful and grintosa guard of the apartment.

Bond, obedient, faithful, patient, brave.

Resistant dog to the diseases, pu living to the open, even if it prefers living to tightened contact with its adoptive family.

It goes fed in complete way but without to exaggerate in order not to make to fatten it.
It goes very rarely brushed, increasing the brush blows above all during the dumb one.

He goes toelettato to scissor, evidencing folta beard and sopracciglia.