Did you know that the German Shepherd is the most popular dog breed in the Czech Republic? And interestingly, other popular breeds in Czechia are Golden Retriever, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier, and Jack Russell Terrier. Amazingly, none of the breeds originating in the Czech Republic are among the popular ones in the country.
So, we have tried to gather some information and facts about the Czech dog breeds. Let’s find them below.
4 Best Czech Dog Breeds
Pražský Krysařík (The Prague Ratter)
Pražský Krysařík, also known as the Prague Ratter is said to be the smallest dog breed of the world in terms of height. As their name indicates, they were bred to hunt rats initially, but later, they were domesticated and became popular as an indoor dog. The Prague Ratters are active and lightning-fast and are blessed with the sharpest sense of smell.
They are highly intelligent, active, and easy-to-train. They are easy to groom, and if trained well, they can become the best family dog. But remember, they are not safe for other small-sized pets because of their hunting nature.
They were popular in the royal palaces around Europe but later the popularity of Miniature Pinscher decreased the people’s interest in the Prague Ratters. Currently, they are not much popular outside the Czech Republic, but still, the Prague Ratters are among one of the best toy dog breeds if you are looking for a small-sized all-rounder dog.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog was a result of breeding between the German Shepherds and Carpathian Wolves. The purpose was to create a dog breed with high temperament, trainability, strength, and physical build that can assist during the military operations. It was first bred in 1955 in Czechoslovakia but officially recognized as a national breed in 1982.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs are temperamental and quick learners and develop a strong bond with their family. Furthermore, they can easily be domesticated and do well with other animals. They are among the least barking dogs and usually communicate with their owners through body language.
If trained well, the Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs can become the best service dogs.
The Cesky Terrier or Bohemian Terrier is another wonderful dog breed originating in the Czech Republic. It was created by crossing a Scottish Terrier and a Sealyham Terrier in 1948. The purpose of its creation was to get a terrier that is suitable for hunting in the Bohemian forests. When created, the Cesky Terrier became one of the most popular dog breeds around the world.
They are short-legged and well-muscled. By nature, they are calm and are lazier than other terriers. They are usually good in health and develop very few health-related issues.
Currently, they are among the top 6 rare dog breeds around the world.
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Also known as Chodenhund, the Bohemian Shepherd is one of the oldest Czech dog breeds. The Bohemian Shepherds were bred by the Chodové people to help them in patrolling the borders in 1325. Later, this breed was disappeared along with many other breeds, but luckily, it was bred again in 1984.
The Bohemian Shepherd is a medium-sized breed having thick fur that enables them to survive in extreme and harsh weather conditions. Because of its exceptional temperament, it is an ideal breed for families. It is an energetic, active, and non-aggressive breed, and needs a lot of exercises. It does well with other pets and children.
So, friends, these were the top 4 Czech dog breeds. There are some other dog breeds too such as a Cesky Fousek and Bohemian Spotted Dog, and we’ll feature them soon on our blog. So, stay tuned for more informative posts.
Lucas used to live in a small apartment and was not allowed to have a dog so he started visiting dog shelters to show his love for stray and rescue dogs. He is a dog expert and blogger and yes, he now has 3 dogs in his home.