Lotus Zlata Chara hunting in Slovakia Owned by Vlastimil Durcik
The Dream Begins
Czech geneticist and breeder of Scottish Terriers used for hunting, Mr. Frantisek Horak had a dream of creating an avid hunting dog that was able to hunt in a pack and was well suited to go to ground in the breeds country of origin, The Czech Republic. His vision began with the breeding of his Scottish Terrier to his close friend's Sealyham Terrier. The first mating of the breeds was in 1949 between Donka Lovu Zdar, the Scottish Terrier, and Buganier Urquelle, a Sealyham Terrier. Out of that first breeding, three puppies were produced, but only one male survived. This puppy was unfortunately killed by a hunter two years later during a hare hunt in Klanovice.
In 1950, Mr. Horak crossed the Scottish Terrier bitch Scotch Rose with the Sealyham dog Buganier Urquelle. This breeding produced six puppies, but only one with the dropped ears he so desired. This dog was named Balda Lovu Zdar and had the dropped ears he wanted, narrower chest and a bit longer legs. Balda became the foundation dog of the Cesky Terrier and Diana Lovu Zdar became the foundation bitch of the Cesky Terrier breed. Thus began the journey and the vision of a proud scientist and breeder.
Mr. Horak envisioned a small, slim and elegant dog with drop ears to give protection when hunting in either the brush or when going to ground after vermin. His desire was for any coat color from platinum grey to charcoal gray, but never black as the Scottish Terrier, nor white as the Sealyham Terrier. He also did not want hunters of the breed to spend long hours of grooming the Cesky so the easy hairstyling use of clippering and cutting the hair was used.
In 1963, the Cesky Terrier was officially recognized as a breed by the FCI, but it was not until 1987 that the first Cesky Terriers arrived in America from the Netherlands.Twenty three Ceskies were originally brought over to America at that time. They continue to be considered a low number or rare breed in the United States. In 1989, due to problems with infertility, permission was given by the FCI, Fegeration Cynologique internationale, to infuse into the Cesky bloodline the mating of another Sealyham, the breeding of Dolly Vivat to Eso Lovu Zdar. Eventually in 2011, the Cesky Terrier was admitted and accepted into the AKC, The American Kennel Club .
The last Cesky to be whelped by Mr. Horak himself was a dog named Chlap Lovu Zdar who was an International and Multi Champion. Lovu Zdar was Mr. Horak's kennel name which in translation means Good Luck and is used as a typical hunters greeting in the Czech Republic. His daughter, Jitka Paulinova in the Czech Republic continues his legacy under the kennel name Kvitko.