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A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.
Last updated: 02 Jul 2009

FCI Standard No 246 dated 19 February 1996

Adopted in Australia 1 January 1997

  • Group:
    Group 2 (Terriers)
  • History:
  • General Appearance:

    Short legged, long haired, well made and well muscled Terrier with smallish drop ears; of a rectangular form.
    Ideal Measurements: Male Female
    Height at withers 29 cm [11 3/8 ins] 27 cm [10 5/8 ins]
    Length of skull 21 cm [ 8 1/4 ins] 20 cm [7 7/8 ins]
    Width of skull 10 cm [4 ins] 9 cm [3 1/2 ins]
    Girth of thorax 45 cm [17 3/4 ins] 44 cm [17 1/4 ins]
    (behind elbows)
    Length of body 43 cm [17 ins] 40 cm [15 3/4 ins]
    [Imperial measurements are approximate only]

  • Characteristics:

    Formerly a Terrier bred for hunting foxes and badgers; today more a house and companion dog.

  • Temperament:

    Formerly a Terrier bred for hunting foxes and badgers; today more a house and companion dog.

  • Head And Skull:

    Shaped like a long, blunt, not too broad wedge, the toplines of the forehead and of the bridge of the nose make a distinct break from level.

    Cranial Region:
    Skull - Not too broad between the ears and tapering moderately towards the supraorbital ridges. Occipital protuberance easy to palpate [obvious]; zygomatic arches moderately prominent. Frontal furrow only slight.
    Stop - Not accentuated but apparent.

    Facial Region:
    Nose - Dark and well developed. It should be black on Terriers with a grey-blue coat and liver-coloured on light-coffee brown Terriers.
    Nasal Bridge - Straight.
    Lips - Relatively thick, fitting neatly.
    Cheeks - Not strongly pronounced.

  • Eyes:

    Of medium size, slightly deep set, with a friendly expression; well covered by the overhanging eye brows. Brown or dark brown in grey-blue coated dogs, light brown in light coffee-brown dogs. Eyelids black in grey-blue dogs, liver colour in light coffee-brown dogs.

  • Ears:

    Of medium size, dropping in such a way as to cover the orifice well. Attached fairly [moderately] high and falling flat along the cheeks. Shaped like a triangle, with the shorter side of the triangle at the fold of the ear.

  • Mouth:

    Strong jaws. Scissor or level bite; complete dentition (the absence of the 2 M3's in the lower jaw not being penalised). Teeth strong, regularly aligned and set square to the jaw.

  • Neck:

    Medium length, quite strong, carried on a slant. The skin at the throat is slightly loose but without forming a dewlap.

  • Forequarters:

    The forelegs should be straight, well boned and parallel.
    Shoulders - Muscular.
    Elbows - Flexible [supple], yet turned neither in nor out.

  • Body:

    Upper line - Not straight because loins and rump are always moderately arched.
    Withers - Not very pronounced; neck set on rather high.
    Back - Strong of medium length.
    Loins - Relatively long, muscular, broad and slightly rounded.
    Rump - Strongly developed, muscular; pelvis moderately sloping. The iliac crest often slightly higher than the withers.
    Chest - More cylindrical than deep; ribs well sprung.
    Belly - Ample and slightly tucked-up. Flanks well filled.

  • Hindquarters:

    Hindlegs strong, parallel, well angulated and muscular.
    Lower thigh - Short.
    Hock joint - Set relatively high, strongly developed.

  • Feet:

    Forefeet - Large; well arched toes and strong nails. Pads well developed and thick.
    Hindfeet - Smaller than the forefeet.

  • Tail:

    The ideal length is 18 - 20 cm [7 - 8 ins]; relatively strong and low set. At rest, hanging downward or with a slight bend at the tip; when alert, the tail is carried in a sabre shape, horizontally or higher.

  • Gait/Movement:

    Free, enduring, vigorous, with drive. Gallop rather slow but steady. The forelegs extend in a straight forward line.

  • Coat:

    Skin - Firm, thick, without wrinkles or dewlap, pigmented.
    Texture - Hair long, fine but firm [strong], slightly wavy with a silky gloss; not too overdone [abundant].

    The Cesky Terrier's coat is clipped. The hair is not to be clipped at the forepart of the head , thus forming brows and beard. The hair should also not be clipped on the lower parts of the legs and under the chest and belly, .

    In show condition, the hair should not be longer than 1 - 1.5 cm [1/2 ins] on the upper side of the neck, on the shoulders and on the back; it should be shorter on the sides of the body and on the tail, and quite short on the ears, cheeks, on the lower side of the neck, on the elbows, thighs and round the vent.

    The transition between clipped and unclipped areas should be progressive and pleasing to the eye.

  • Colour:

    The Cesky Terrier has two colours:

    - Grey-blue (puppies are born black)
    - Light coffee-brown (puppies are born chocolate brown).

    In both colours , yellow, grey or white markings are permitted on the head (beard, cheeks), neck, chest, belly, the limbs and round the vent. Sometimes there is also a white collar or a white tip of the tail. The basic colour, however, must always be predominant.

  • Sizes:

    Height at the withers between 25-32 cms [Approx. 10-12.5 ins]
    Ideal size for a dog - 29 cms [Approx. 11.5 ins]
    Ideal size for a bitch - 27 cms [Approx. 10.5 ins]

    The weight must not be less than 6 kgs [approx. 14lbs] or more than 10 kgs [approx. 22 lbs].

  • Faults:

    Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

    Weak construction Temporary loss of nasal pigmentation (snow nose).
    Weak, short or snipey foreface, with weakly developed teeth.
    Absence of one (1) incisor; canine held back [blocked or wedged]
    Eyes too large or protruding.
    Ears too large or too small; differing in shape or carriage from that described in the standard.
    Back too long or too short.
    Crooked forelegs, incorrect front.
    Coat too fine or too coarse.

    Disqualifying Faults:
    Shyness, unbalanced or aggressive disposition
    Absence of more than 4 teeth altogether; absence of 2 or more incisors.
    Canine placed in vestibular position. [ forward placed towards the lip]
    Over - or under-shot.
    Entropion or ectropion.
    Chest circumference more than 50 cm.
    Curled tail or carried over the back.
    Long brindled coat on dogs older than 2 years.
    Coarse or curled cotton-wool type hair.
    White markings covering more than 20%; white blaze on the head.
    Irregular, jerky, spasmodic movement ("Scottie cramp")
    Weight above 10 kg or less than 6 kg

  • Notes:

    Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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