A moderately long, low terrier, slightly high in the rear, the Cesky Terrier was developed to be a well-muscled, well-pigmented, athletic terrier that could hunt in packs. The body is solid, but not heavy. The dog has a long head and bushy beard, mustache, and eyebrows. The wavy, silky coat usually comes in various shades of gray-blue (light coffee color is quite rare) with tan, gray, white, or yellow furnishings, though puppies are born black or black and tan. The skin pigment is gray for blue-gray dogs and flesh-colored for brown dogs. Eyes are brown in gray-blue dogs and yellow in brown dogs. Blue-gray dogs have black noses and lips; brown dogs have liver-colored noses and lips. The ears are triangular, folding forward. The head is long, but not too wide, with a well-defined stop. The undocked tail is 7 to 8 in. long. The front legs are sturdy, short, and straight. Dewclaw removal is optional.
The Cesky Terrier, also called the Bohemian Terrier, exists due to the efforts of Czechoslovakian breeder Frantisek Horak. The Cesky is a relatively young breed, first recognized by the FCI in 1963. The Cesky's original purpose was to hunt vermin, especially rats and foxes, in their dens. Horak sought to produce a terrier with a narrower head and chest, and a softer coat, so it would be easier for the dog to enter burrows. He also bred for an easygoing temperament, making the Cesky Terrier a delightful companion dog. Cesky Terriers were first imported to the United States around 1987, and the breed entered the AKC Miscellaneous class in 2011.