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Czech national dog breeds

 

Czech national dog breeds

 

To determine a dog breed as a national breed is often a very complicated thing. The World Canine Organisation (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) provides each breed with one patron from their member states. The patron is usually the country where the breed originated. However, sometimes, the trip into the past can be a very long one

Some breeds which originated and are predominantly found in one territory can wait to be recognised by the World Canine Organisation for a long time, in spite of the fact that they are considered to be national breeds both by experts and the public.

Generally speaking, Czech breeds include very intelligent, active and healthy dogs who usually do not suffer from congenital illnesses. There are currently seven Czech national breeds of dogs. We are going to introduce some of them:

Pražský krysařík (Prague Ratter)

The breed could be described as tiny small dogs full of love and spirit. It is our smallest breed and it is still waiting to be recognised by the World Canine Organisation.

The typical characteristics are a short, black and tan coat and high-pitched barking. The height varies from 21 to 22 cm and the weight is up to 3 kg. These dogs used to be rat catchers of our households but over time, they settled on our couches. However, the love for physical activity has strayed with them and they enjoy agility, frisbee and all other games. They are smart, sociable and alert dogs.

Český fousek (Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon, Rough-coated Bohemian Pointer)

The loyal nature and the hunting abilities of this breed have been described in books since the 14th century. The breed was named after its typical beard on the chin. The colour of its rather rough coat is brown with white patches and vice versa. Their height ranges from 58 to 66 cm and they do not require any special care. The truth is, however, that they can be rather headstrong during puberty.

Český fousek is a loyal, intelligent and agile dog. It is a very active dog breed with distinct hunting roots. The dogs do very well with retrieving and often pursue fast-moving objects and people. It takes them a while to get used to strangers and they protect their family the best way they can.

Český horský pes (Czech Mountain Dog)

Český horský pes is another national breed, however, it is not very popular in the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, these dogs can be both great mountain dogs and pets. And they get quite big too. Their height ranges from 62 to 70 cm and they weigh up to 40 kg. Their long, thick and rather hard coat is often irregularly spotted with a white base.

They are work dogs and need plenty of space to run to be content. They are not too dominant and are friendly and lively. They are also great with children and other animals.

Other Czech dog breeds> include Český strakatý pes (Bohemian Spotted Dog), Český terrier (Cesky Terrier), Chodský pes (Bohemian Shepherd) and Československý vlčák (Czechoslovakian Wolfdog) which is under Slovakian patronage.

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