Energetic, kid-loving, and intelligent, this gun-dog is well-rounded and may be the breed for you!
Often called the Bohemian Wiredhaired Pointing Griffon, the Cesky Fousek (male) or Ceska Fouska (female) is from the Czech Republic and was almost extinct in the 1930s. Breed enthusiast revived them using the German wire-haired and short-haired pointers. They are quite common in their homeland, but not so much here in the U.S.
The Cesky Fousek is a hardworking breed that does best in a family that can provide the proper stimulation to channel their need to work. They are a pointer and retriever, and they are bred to work in many natural terrains like water, forests, and fields. A sportsman will thoroughly enjoy having this breed around as a partner!
Intelligent, Friendly, and Vocal
The Cesky Fousek is very intelligent and extremely easy to train. They enjoy learning new commands and tricks. Early training and socialization is the best option for this breed. Without consistency, they are known to be very difficult in adulthood.
This breed loves to be around their family. They do fantastic around children and other pets when raised with them.
The Cesky can be quite vocal, so correcting excessive barking is important; otherwise it will become out-of-control.
Active, Active, and Active - Any Questions?
This breed goes non-stop! Running, hiking, walking, swimming, and any other type of exercise you can provide the Cesky is imperative due to their high activity level. They were bred to hunt for long periods, so their stamina is very high. The Cesky is always ready at a moment's notice.
If you work long hours, the Cesky will become bored and frustrated. They can become neurotic and destructive due to this boredom. Consider doggy daycare, as they will enjoy the endless hours of playing with other dogs.
Apartment/Condo dwellers should not consider the Cesky. They need an active family with plenty of room to run around throughout the day. A fenced-in yard is best for this breed.
Wirehaired - Minimal Grooming
The Cesky's dense undercoat coat provides a barrier to help keep their skin from getting damp. They shed this undercoat yearly. Regular brushing is the maintenance of this breed's coat. Bathe when needed. Regular nail trimmings are required every 8 - 12 weeks.
As you begin looking for a Cesky Fousek, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe