Cesky Terrier Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em
Cesky Terrier Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
In the field, the rugged, persistent Cesky Terrier has more working instincts than some other terriers.
But in the home, he has a sweeter, more laid-back disposition. Indeed, the Cesky may be the mildest and easiest to handle of all the terriers.
Given moderate exercise and lots of personal attention (he doesn't like being left alone for long periods), he adapts to virtually any household -- city or country, apartment or estate.
Though playful and inquisitive outdoors -- his large nose is usually glued to the ground -- he is calm indoors.
With strangers, Cesky Terriers are usually reserved but polite, though early socialization is a must to develop this attitude.
With other dogs and cats, he is more sociable and less aggressive than most terriers. Rodents, however, will be chased with enthusiasm and determination.
Though he has his stubborn, independent streak, he responds well to obedience training that includes praise and food.
Just go easy on the food so that he doesn't pack on the weight. This may be easier said than done, as he tends to be a food thief whose long reach, when standing on his hind legs, can result in the birthday cake vanishing off the kitchen countertop.
And unfortunately, it isn't only food that Cesky Terriers like to eat -- they are noted for swallowing inedible objects, which may lead to some frantic evenings in the veterinary emergency room.
If you want a dog who...
- Is short-legged, long-bodied -- and much heavier and more substantial than you might think
- Has a silky, wavy coat that doesn't shed much
- Needs only moderate exercise
- Is energetic outdoors, mellow and quiet indoors
- Compard to most other terriers, is sweeter-natured, more laid-back, and more sociable with other pets
- Is uncommon
A Cesky Terrier may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with...
- Providing enough exercise and activities to keep them satisfied
- Timidity or fearfulness when not socialized enough
- Chasing other creatures that run
- Stubbornness (a mind of his own)
- Frequent brushing, combing, and clipping
- Waiting lists (hard to find)
A Cesky Terrier may not be right for you.
- choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
- or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
- training your dog to respect you
- avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
More traits and characteristics of the Cesky Terrier
If I was considering a Cesky Terrier, I would be most concerned about...
- Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Cesky Terriers don't need miles of running exercise, but they do need regular opportunities to vent their energy -- in a FENCED area. Terriers cannot be trusted off-leash. They will take off -- oblivious to your frantic shouts -- after anything that runs.
- Providing enough socialization. Cesky Terriers need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds so that their natural caution doesn't become suspiciousness or shyness, which are difficult to live with.
- Mind of their own. Though more amenable to training than some other terriers, Cesky Terriers must still be taught at an early age that they are not the rulers of the world. The toughness that makes them suited to killing vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Cesky Terriers can be stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
To teach your terrier to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Cesky Terrier Training Page discusses the program you need.
- Grooming. To keep their coat short and free of mats, Cesky Terriers require regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every few months. But don't expect your pet Cesky Terrier to look like the Cesky Terrier show dogs you've seen in pictures. That particular look takes hours of work by experienced show groomers.
- Finding one. Cesky Terriers are rare in the United States, with fewer than 100 new Cesky Terrier puppies born each year. Compare that to over 60,000 new Golden Retriever puppies!
To learn more about training Cesky Terriers to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.
It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Cesky Terrier the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.
Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Cesky Terrier. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.
If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Cesky Terrier might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.
Once you have your Cesky Terrier home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.
Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.
Please consider adopting an ADULT Cesky Terrier...
When you're acquiring a Cesky Terrier PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.
But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Cesky Terriers who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!
Save a life. Adopt a dog.
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