Vital Stats:Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
Height: 10 inches to 1 foot, 1 inch tall at the shoulder
Weight: 13 to 30 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 15 years
The result of a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Sealyham Terrier — with the goal of creating a dog that could go after vermin without getting stuck in their dens — the Cesky (pronounced chess-key) was created in 1948 in what was then Czechoslovakia.
Mellower than most terriers, the Cesky needs moderate amounts of exercise. And unlike many terriers, he has the advantage of a soft coat that can be trimmed with clippers rather than requiring hand-stripping (plucking dead hairs by hand).
Loving and devoted, he's also active enough to compete in earthdog trials, agility, obedience, and tracking. The Cesky is also a successful therapy dog. He gets along well with children and other pets, especially if he's raised with them.
SizeCesky Terriers stand 10 to 13 inches at the shoulder and can weigh 13 to 30 pounds, although most fall in the 16- to 22-pound range.
Coat Color And Grooming
Cesky Terriers have a soft bluish-gray coat that ranges from silver to dark charcoal. Puppies are all black, and the coat lightens over the first few years of life. Unlike many terriers, he has the advantage of a soft coat that can be trimmed with clippers rather than requiring hand-stripping (plucking dead hairs by hand).
The Cesky coat needs weekly brushing and clipping every six to eight weeks.