Rare Breed Spotlight: The Cesky Terrier
This winsome breed fulfilled its creator’s vision of an easy-care dog with consummate hunting ability.
The origins of many breeds have been obscured by time’s blurring mists. Legends, primitive art, writings and archaeology provide uncertain clues to some breeds’ beginnings. Historians can only venture educated guesses. But that’s not the case with the Cesky Terrier. The breed is the brainchild of one man, and its development has been carefully documented since Day One, more than 60 years ago.
It began in Prague
Frantisek Horak, a geneticist at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague, was an avid hunter who kept Scottish Terriers for hunting companions, as well as for dog shows. His kennel name, Lovu Zdar, means “successful hunting.” Mr. Cervenka, a fellow hunter, often accompanied him on these hunting forays with his Sealyham Terriers.
Horak liked qualities in Scotties and Sealys, and envisioned blending the two breeds to create his ideal hunt terrier. He even acquired several Sealyhams to get to know the breed better. But this was in the 1930s and Horak put his breeding plans on hold when World War II intervened.
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