The Kesky Terrier is said to be the national dog of the Czech Republic. He is also reputed to be relatively gentle for a terrier breed. The Kesky is around 32 centimetres tall and is slightly longer in the back than he is tall. His long and somewhat silky coat requires frequent grooming and some trimming. The Kesky is usually non-aggressive and biddable as a companion. He would prefer to live in a house with a garden and needs at least one hour of exercise every day. His lifespan is said to be over 10 years.
Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)
The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 17.1% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'
Effective Population Size - EPSAs a numerically very small breed, great care needs to be taken to ensure that as much genetic diversity as possible is maintained when breeding
EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.
Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)
- Hip Dysplasia
Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
DNA Tests Available
Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes
Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.
Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)
- Scotty Cramp
- Luxating Patella
- Primary Lens Luxation (PLL)
Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.
Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.
You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP): www.puppycontract.org.uk
You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding: