FCI Standard For The Cesky Terrier

The ACTFA, the AKC Parent Club for the Cesky Terrier, reviewed and re-wrote its AKC Standard  to align closely with the FCI Standard which was written in 1998 and is still the official standard.  Following is a link to the Official FCI Standard for the Cesky Terrier:



Illustrated and Explained FCI Standard

Following is a link to  a wonderfully illustrated guide with explaination to the Cesky Terrier created by FCI Judge and FCI Group Judge -All Terrier Breeds Dr. Gabriela van Ruiten Hajnova. Thank you Dr. van Ruiten for allowing us to share this valuable illustrated guide. It is so very valuable to our judges and exhibitors to understand our standards for the Cesky. ACTFA hopes this will help in guiding judges understanding of  the Cesky .


LINK:      http://www.ceskyterriers.nl/CT_standard1.htm

Detailed Explanation of the Cesky Standard From The Czech Breeders Club

The Czech Breeders Club was founded by the creator of the breed, Mr. Frantisek Horak, in 1990. Today, it is the premier Cesky Terrier Club in the world with its members and officers consisting of Mr. Horak's daughter, and breeders who have worked tirelessly over the years to breed to his vision. Many of these members have had the direct opportunity to work side by side with Mr. Horak as his assistants , developing an indepth knowledge of his beloved breed. Their expectations are of quality of type, temperament, structure, and soundness. Strict guidelines that ensure that the standard is kept to this vision. 

ACTFA is honored to have member Sandra & Greg Bridge Chase be accepted as an official member of The Czech Breeders Club. She routinely attends the annual Cesky Terrier Specialty and bring back to America valuable information from the seminars they attend in the country of origin , the Czech Republic. Greg and Julie are both AKC Parent Club Mentors.


Breed: Czech 

Land of Origin: Czech Republic 

Translation: Dipl. Ing. Katerina Beckova 

Publication Date of the Original Standard: 24. 5. 1963 

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

Breed classification: Group III - terriers 

section 2 - short legged terriers Without a working trial 

History of the breed: Cesky Terrier is a result of the intentional crossbreed of a Sealyham Terrier dog and a Scotch Terrier bitch with the aim to get a fully pigmented, light-weight, short legged and easy mastered dog with practical smaller dropped ears and easy hair grooming. Mr. František Horák from Klánovice near Prague started the breed improving in 1949. The breed was the first time showed in 1959 (under the name Cesky Terrier). 

General appearance: Short-legged, longhaired, stalwart and well muscled Terrier with medium sized dropped ear, oblong frame. Thoroughbred and very elegant. 

Ideal measures: 




withers height 

29 cm 

27 cm 

head length 

21 cm 

20 cm 

head width 

10 cm 

9 cm 

thorax girth 
(behind the elbows) 

45 cm 

44 cm 

oblique trunk length 

43 cm 

40 cm 

Character: Equanimous, not aggressive, well mastered, pleasant, merry companion, to foreign people reserved. Markedly more calm and peaceable than other Terriers. His character is another type as by other Terriers. 

Head: Head is long, it forms an obtuse, but not very wide angle. Nose dark and well formed. The upper skull outline forms a sharp angle with the upper nose line. 

Cranial region: 

Skull: The skull between the ears is not too wide and gets slightly narrower in the direction to the eye bows. The eye bows are remarkable, the occiput well touchable. The skull furrow is slight decided. 

Stop: Small, but remarkable. Face: 

Nose: Dark and well formed. The nose is black by Terriers with the grey-blue coat, it is livery by Terriers with the light-coffee colored coat. 

Bridge of nose: Straight. 

Jaws and teeth: Jaws are strong, scissors or level bite. The dentition should be - if possible - complete; missing M3 should not be penalized. Teeth strong, regular and correct standing. 

Lips: Relatively thick, well closed. Cheeks: Flat, not too protruding. 

Eyes: Of medium size, rather deeper set, with a peaceful expression. They are well covered by the overhanging coat. The eyes are brown or dark brown by grey-blue Terriers and light brown by light-coffee ones. The eye lids are black by grey-blue Terners and livery by light-coffee ones. 

Ears: Of medium size, dropped, well closing the ear hole. They are set relatively high and they iit tightly to the temples. They are triangular shaped with the shorter side at the point, where the ear breaks. The ear break is slightly above the top line of the skull. 

Neck: Middle long, a little shorter than the head (2-3 cm), relatively strong, set higher leaned carried elegant vaulted. The skin on the neck is a little looser, but it forms no fold. 

Body: Longer. 

Top line: Not straight, in loins and rump always slightly vaulted. Very elastic. 

Withers: Not too pronounced. 

Back: Strong, of medium length. 

Loins: Relatively long, muscular, wide and slightly vaulted. 

Rump: Strongly developed, muscular, pelvis slightly sloping. Hips often higher than the withers. 

Chest: Wide, well developed. Chest depth corresponds with about 1/2 of the withers height. More cylindrical as deep, ribs nicely curved. 

Belly: Roomy and slightly put in. Groins filled. 

Tail: Ideal length 18 to 20 cm, relatively strong and low set. At rest hangs down or slightly bents up at the end. In affect the tail is carried sable-formed horizontally or higher. The straighten tail must reach ideally only to the heel. 


Forequarters: Should be straight, strong and parallel. Their length corresponds with one half of the withers height. 

Shoulders: Muscular. 

Elbows: Loose, but neither turned in nor out. 

Paws: Large with well bent toes and strong claws. Soles thick and well developed. 

Hindquarters: Parallel, strong, well angled and muscular. 

Calves: Short. 

Heel: Relatively high set above the earth, strongly developed. 

Paws: Smaller than those by the forelegs. 

Gait: Free, roomy, solid, regular and vivid. Gallop is slower, but long lasting. The forelegs move beside the body straight forward. 

Skin: Strong, robust, loose but without folds or lobs. Pigmented. 


Hair quality: Hair is long, fine but firm, only slightly waved and silky sheeny, not too exuberant. Falling down, neither curly nor stuck out. The body and extremities lines must by anytime recognisable. Hair is groomed by scissors (cutting). Hair is not cut on the foreface and above eyes and it forms eyes brows and a beard. The hair remains uncut on the inferior part of the legs, chest and belly. The hair should be on the upper side of the neck, shoulders and back 1 to 1,5 cm long for shows. The hair is very short on the ears, cheeks, throat, breast, shoulders, elbows, things, calfs and around the anus. The transition between the cut and uncut part should be gentle. 


Cesky Terrier exists in two colour varieties: - grey-blue (puppies are born black) 
- light coffee-broy~~ (puppies are born chocolate brown) 

Yellow, grey and whíte marks are permitted on the head (cheeks and underjaws), throat, on the chest and belly, on the lower parts of legs and around the anus by both colour types. Sometimes there is a white collar or a white point on the tail tip. The basic colour must be always prevalent. 

Height and weight: Height between 25 and 32 cm. The ideal height is 29 cm for dogs and 27 cm for bitches. The weight must not be smaller than 6 kg and higher than 10 kg. The ideal weight is 8 kg for dog and 7 kg for bitch. 

Faults: All deviations to the former text should be considered to be faults and their appreciation must be in the straight relationship to the deviation magnitude. 

- weak skeleton, weak chest 

- weak, short or too pointed foreface with weakly developed teeth 

- missing one incisor 

- canine wedged in (the canine tip pointing in the gum between the last incisor and canine in the upper jaw) 

- changeable nose 

- too big or protruding eyes 

- too long or too small ears, ears of different shape or carried in a different way, than mentioned in the standard 

- crooked forelegs, incorrect postures - too short or too long and soft back - thin or too coarse coat, curly hair 

Excluding faults: - cryptorchidism 

- ectropion, entropion - undershot or overshot 

- missing of 4 and more teeth 

- missing of two or more incisors - underbited canine (the canine tip pointing into the upper palate) 

- chest measure more than 50 cm 

- weight under 6 kg or above 10 kg 

- irregular, jerky, spasmodic movements (Scottie cramps) 

- curled or over body carried tail 

- rough or crape, felt-like or woolly hair - more than 20 % of white coloured hair, white bless on the head 

- strips in the long hair by adult Terners (older than 2 years) 

- timid, hysterical or aggressive Terriers 

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