The Cesky Terrier, also known as the Bohemian Terrier, Cesky Terier, Czech Terrier, Czesky Terrier or simply the Cesky (pronounced “chess-key”), is a short-legged, long-bodied, muscular, fairly uncommon breed that originated in the Czech Republic and is now considered one of that country’s national dog breeds. It was developed in the 1940s due to the efforts of a Czechoslovakian Scottish Terrier breeder and avid hunter who wanted a small, smart, low maintenance dog that could enter the burrows of its rodent prey more easily than larger, stockier terriers. He crossed Scottish and Sealyham Terriers, and probably a few other breeds like the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, to create a pack-hunting terrier with a narrow chest, slim head and soft, silky coat. These attributes, together with the Cesky’s short stature, gave it an advantage when going underground after small prey animals. Ceskys have terrific digging skills, which help them reach prey that other dogs might not have the energy or ability to pursue. They are adept at hunting fox, duck, rabbit and pheasant and also have been used to hunt wild boar. These are smart, active, attractive dogs that are unwaveringly loyal to their owners and are a bit less high-energy than other terrier breeds.