Cesky Terrier

  • Overview

    Cesky Terriers were developed in the Czech Republic by crossing Scottish Terriers with Sealyham Terriers. Although characteristics of each of these relatives are present in the Cesky Terrier, he's a unique dog who distinguishes himself from his terrier family with his personality and his coat. Cesky Terriers are interesting, hard-working companions who work hard to please their owners. Their uniquely soft coat requires some patient attention, but with frequent socialization and grooming the Cesky Terrier can fit perfectly into almost any home.

  • Personality

    Cesky Terriers were bred to hunt in packs, so they tend to get along well with other dogs. However, they need consistent socialization to become comfortable meeting new people. They can be reserved around people they do not know, which makes social situations stressful for a while. Cesky Terriers are sweet, patient dogs who enjoy working and take pride in learning new skills, which makes them more trainable than more stubborn terriers. They are not as easily excitable as either of their parent breeds because they prefer to keep their nose to the ground and concentrate on their task at hand.

    These dogs are playful and appreciate exploring and digging outdoors, but they are mellow and slightly subdued indoors. Although the like to stay in tune with all the activity in their household, they are not incredibly busy or anxious, and they will be content to curl up at their owner's feet and relax.

  • Coat Care

    The Cesky's unique coat is soft and silky. It does not feel wiry or hard to the touch like typical terrier coats. They are born black or dark gray and their coat gradually lightens into a bluish gray or silver color. Some dogs have darker charcoal markings along their back and faces. Their facial furnishings give them the look of a little country gentleman. The silky hair around their eyebrows and beard and on the top of their head is left long. The hair on the front of their legs and under the stomachs is feathered and slightly wavy. Cesky Terriers have drop ears and a naturally long tail that is not docked.

Brushing

When brushing your Cesky Terrier, pay special attention to the longer hair around their legs and faces, which will need routine brushing to remove tangles and to retain its soft, silky texture.

Bathing

With preparation, perseverance and a positive attitude, bathing can become a fun and fulfilling part of the regular grooming cycle, while helping your dog avoid many diseases and infections.

The general rule of thumb for dog bathing is every three months but breeds with curly and wavy hair should be done more frequently, usually in the six-to-eight week range. The coat should end up fresh smelling, shiny, with no loose or shedding hair. First give the dog a good brushing to remove dead hair and mats. Place a rubber mat in the tub to provide secure footing and fill the tub with three to four inches of lukewarm water. Use a spray hose, pitcher or unbreakable cup to wet the dog, taking caution to avoid getting water in the eyes, ears and nose. Massage in pet shampoo, saving the head for last. Immediately rinse thoroughly, starting with the head to prevent soap from dripping into the eyes. Towel dry.

Hair Clipping

Unlike most terriers, the Cesky Terrier is clipped with an electric clipper. The hair on their checks and beneath their neck should be clipped to about a quarter of an inch long. The rest of the coat is kept between a half an inch and 1 inch long, excluding the facial furnishings and the longer hair on the front of the legs and under the belly.

Nails

Many dog owners are apprehensive about trimming their dog’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick. But with the right conditioning and careful cutting, nail clipping can be a simple, stress-free activity for you and your dog.

Provide your dog with plenty of positive reinforcement and even treats to help associate nail clipping with a positive experience.  As you start to clip, gently press on your dog’s paws to help him become accustomed to the feeling of having his nails clipped. Then, work gradually, shaving down just a thin portion of the nail at first to make sure you don’t reach the quick. Clip one nail, reward your dog with a treat, and stop to give him some positive reinforcement before moving on. Gradually increase the number of nails you clip in one sitting to help your dog get used to the process. Never trim extremely long nails down to a short nail in one sitting, because this is an excellent way to accidently quick the dog’s nail. Instead, work gradually, shaving small portions of your dog’s nails off each time.

You can tell if you’re getting close to the quick by the texture of your dog’s nail. The nail is hard closer to the surface and becomes softer as you get closer to the quick. If your dog’s nail starts to feel softer, that’s a good indication that you’re getting close to the quick.

Eyes / Ears

Not all breeds and coat styles require routine trimming in and around the eyes and ears but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. Doing so will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these amazing organs.

It is always important to routinely clean your dog's eyes and ears, and examine for potential infections. Curly and wavy coated dogs have large, sensitive ears covered in hair that  need to be checked weekly for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball. Gently wipe a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel in your dog's ear, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Never use a Q-Tip, which could cause damage to the inner ear if your dog suddenly shakes or jerks his head. Bushy hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, ears and face. Poodles are prone to developing tear stains around the eyes, so clean around their eyes with a cotton ball or soft cloth and use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around their eyes.

Teeth

Many owners do not realize how important it is to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. Some dogs are prone to dental problems and sensitive teeth, especially small dogs with tiny teeth and dogs with special diets. These problems can be easily combatted with frequent brushing.

Cavities are rare with dogs but gum disease caused by tartar buildup is not, which is why they require regular brushing with toothpaste and a toothbrush formulated specifically for dogs. While daily brushing is ideal, doing so on a weekly basis will be a big help in avoiding the need to bring your dog to a veterinarian for a cleaning, which usually has to be done under sedation.