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Caring for a Cesky Terrier
Average Cost to keep/care for a Cesky Terrier
Cesky Terriers are a relative newcomer to the UK with under five hundred of these charming little dogs in the country. They are the Czech Republic's national dog and for good reason because not only is the Cesky adorable looking they boast having affectionate, loyal and kind natures too. They adore human company and are never happier than when they are in a family environment getting on well with children and other animals with the greatest of ease.
Cesky Terriers were developed thanks to one man called Dr. Frantisek Horak. He used Sealyham and Scottish Terriers to produce these little dogs back in his native Czechoslovakia in the thirties. His goal was to create a terrier-type dog capable of hunting in a pack while at the same time being a loving and loyal pet as happy in the home as they would be in the field. He also wanted his "terriers" to be of show quality and although it took him twenty years to achieve his goal, the end product of his endeavours are the Cesky Terriers we see today.
These little dogs are also frequently called Bohemian Terriers and over the years, they have found a heart and a home with many people outside of their native Czech Republic both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world, thanks to their charming looks and adorable personalities. The breed was officially recognised by The Kennel Club in 1990 and although their numbers are still low over here, their popularity is rising, albeit slowly.
Height at the withers: Males 29 cm, Females 27 cm
Average weight: Males 6 - 10 kg, Females 6 - 10 kg
The Cesky Terrier is a short-legged and sturdy dog that boasts being longer than they are tall. Their defining physical feature has to their long heads which are adorned with a rather bushy beard, thick moustache and bushy eyebrows. They have a distinct stop and their noses are coloured according to their coats as are the colour of their eyes which are medium in size. These little dogs always have a friendly, affectionate look in them.
Their ears are moderately large and triangular in shape, being set high and hanging down which dogs carry close to their cheeks. The Cesky Terrier has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones. They boast moderately long, elegant yet strong necks which have a little loose skin around the throat.
Their shoulders are well laid back and forequarters are muscular with dogs boasting nice, well-boned front legs. Their bodies are moderately long and their backs rise gently to nicely arched, long, broad and muscular loins. Briskets are cylindrical with dogs having well sprung ribs. The Cesky has a slightly tucked up belly. Their hindquarters are powerful with dogs having muscular upper thighs and shorter, but strong lower thighs. Back legs are strong with dogs having well-padded and nicely arched feet with their front feet being larger than their back ones. Tails are long which dogs carry down when at rest with the very tip being slightly raised. However, when alert or excited a Cesky carries their tail slightly higher.
When it comes to their coat, the Cesky boasts having a slight wavy one with a silky sheen to it. Their eyebrows are prominent, as are their beards and moustaches. Accepted breed colours are as follows:
The Cesky Terrier is known to be a calm and placid character and would rarely show any sort of aggressive behaviour. They tend to be a little wary of strangers and like to keep their distance until they get to know someone. With this said, Ceskies are good-natured terriers that adore human company which means they are great choice for people where one person usually stays at home when everyone else is out so they always have company.
They are not a good choice for people who spend most of the time out of the home leaving their dogs to their own devices which can lead to a Cesky developing separation anxiety. This is especially true if these terriers are not given enough daily exercise and mental stimulation which they really need to be truly happy, well-rounded characters.
They are clever little dogs and they boast having all the usual terrier "traits" which means they love to chase anything that moves which includes smaller animals and pets. It would be a mistake to trust a Cesky with any pets because their prey drive would get the better of them which could end in a disaster. Puppies need to be well socialised from a young age which has to involve being introduced to as many new situations, people and other animals as soon as they have been fully vaccinated for them to mature into well-rounded, confident and well-behaved dogs.
Ceskies are known to be intelligent and they are always eager and willing to please which in short, means in the right hands and with the right amount of training, these little terriers are easy to train. With this said, they are known to have a bit of a stubborn streak in them so their training has to be firm, yet fair and always consistent to achieve the best results.
They do not respond well to any sort of harsh correction nor do they like being treated in a heavy handed way. They do, however, respond very well to positive reinforcement training techniques always remembering not to offer a Cesky too many unhealthy rewards which could lead to them putting on too much weight something they are very prone to do.
There is nothing a Cesky enjoys more than being part of the family and as such they get on well with children. However, any interaction between younger kids and a dog has to be well supervised to make sure playtime does not get too boisterous which could end up with somebody getting hurt or frightened.
As long as a Cesky Terrier has been well socialised from a young age and introduced to as many other animals and pets as possible, they generally get on well with them. However, it should never be forgotten they are terriers and as such boast a pretty high prey drive which means care has to be taken when they are around any smaller pets and animals which includes cats.
For further advice please read our article on Keeping Children Safe around Dogs.
The average life expectancy of a Cesky Terrier is between 9 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.
With so few Cesky Terriers being registered with The Kennel Club, there is not a lot of information regarding health issues that may affect the breed. With this said, there is one condition that seems to affect the Cecky which is a health issue known as Scottie Cramp. Luckily, it is a pretty rare disorder that is seldom seen in many dogs including the Cesky Terrier. Other conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:
As with any other breed, Ceskies need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.
Cesky Terriers boast quite high maintenance coats that need to be regularly groomed in order to keep things tidy and looking good. Their coats also need to be trimmed around 4 to 6 times a year which makes keeping on top of things that much easier between visits to a professional grooming parlour.
Ideally, these little terriers need to brushed daily paying special attention to a dog's face, their legs and areas of their body where the hair tends to be a lot longer. It's also important to trim the hair between a Cesky's pads on a regular basis to prevent it from balling up which can make walking uncomfortable for a dog.
It's also important to check a dog's ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax is allowed to build up in a dog's ears, it can lead to a painful infection which can be hard to clear up. In short, prevention is often easier than cure when it comes to ear infections.
Ceskies are quite high energy little terriers and as such they need a minimum of an hour's exercise a day. A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon is a must. These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam. However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these little terriers in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape out and get into all sorts of trouble.
With this said, young Cesky puppies should not be given too much exercise because their joints and bones are still growing and too much pressure on them could result in causing a dog a few problems later on in their lives. They should not be allowed to jump up or off furniture nor should they be allowed to run up and down the stairs because this puts too much pressure on their still growing joints and limbs.
If you get a Cesky puppy from a breeder, they would give you a feeding schedule and it's important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. You can change a puppy's diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don't develop any digestive upsets and if they do, it's best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with the vet before attempting to change it again.
Older dogs are not known to be fussy or finicky eaters, but this does not mean you can feed them a lower quality diet. It's best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it's good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. It's also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues. Obesity can shorten a dog's life by several years so it's important to keep an eye on their waistline from the word go.
If you are looking to buy a Cesky you may have to go on a waiting list because not many puppies are registered with The Kennel Club every year and you would need to pay anything from £500 upwards for a well-bred pedigree puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Cesky Terrier in northern England would be £21.20 a month for basic cover but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back £49.42 a month (quote as of May 2016). When insurance companies calculate a pet's premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK and a dog's age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed.
When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives. This would set you back between £20 - £30 a month. On top of all of this, you would need to factor in veterinary costs if you want to share your home with a Cesky and this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying your dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks, all of which quickly adds up to over a £800 a year.
As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Cesky Terrier would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog, but this does not include the initial cost of buying a pedigree puppy.
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