A bearded hunting dog similar to Cesky Fousek existed in the Kingdom of Bohemia, current Czech Republic, since the middle ages and it is believed that this Bohemian hunting dog from 14th century is the main ancestor of Cesky Fousek.
2) Almost extinct
The Cesky Fousek was very popular hunting dog, but during the First World War the breed almost become extinct. In 1920s only few pure specimen were alive. In 1924 an association with a goal of reviving and saving the breed was established. They found few remaining dogs that matched the Cesky Fousek standard and they also strengthened the breed with few other European Wirehaired Pointers, which saved the breed. Today, this is still relatively rare breed that can be mainly found in Czech and Slovak Republic, but it is definitely not on the verge of extinction anymore and they are gaining popularity in other countries of the world.
The Cesky Fousek is just incredibly good versatile hunting dog breed. They are very adaptable and they can hunt in almost any sort of terrain. It is an enthusiastic hunter that can hunt and chase, track, point or retrieve any kind of game. This dog has great stamina and it is truly tireless dog that can hunt all day long. They are known to have fantastic sight, hearing and smell, high prey drive and chasing instinct and they show great determination for the hunt. This breed is just a real asset for any hunter.
The Cesky Fousek is not only a hunter, but also loving companion pet. These dogs are highly social animals, that creates a strong bond with its family. This dog is full of love, always cheerful, curious, lively and playful, devoted and friendly. They are good playful partners for older kids as well, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised. The Cesky Fousek can also live with other dogs in the household without problems, and some of them can even tolerate other pets in the family if socialized together from the puppyhood, but other smaller pets in general are problematic, due to the Cesky Fousek high prey drive.
The Cesky Fousek is definitely amazing companion, but they do need active owner who will provide the dog with a lot of daily physical and mental stimulation. This is undoubtly high energy dog. They were bred for endurance and stamina and especially if they are not used for hunting, they need daily long walks accompanied with some playtime and fun training sessions. Without enough exercise, these dogs might become bored and possibly even destructive. The Cesky Fousek is also known to suffer from separation anxiety if they are left home alone for long time regularly. But if you are an active person who love outdoors, the Cesky Fousek might be an excellent partner for you.
The Cesky Fousek is athletically built dog with muscular large body. The average height is between 58-66 cm, which is 23-26 inch and weight is usually between 49-75 lbs, which is 22-34 kg. Females are naturally slightly smaller than males.
The Cesky Fousek has a great looking wire coat, consisting of a soft and very dense undercoat and coarse, wiry outercoat. It is a weatherproof coat that enables the dog working for long time even in bad weather. Typical sign of this breed is the moustache and beard on its face. The coat comes typically in one of these two colors, either brown or dark roan.
Speaking of the coat, it is important to mention the grooming and maintenance as well and luckily, it is not very hard as this is rather low maintenance breed. They do shed some deal of fur all year long and regular brushing is always beneficial to remove loose hair and any dirt from the coat. Bathing is also not needed very often, only if the dog is really really dirty. No other grooming is required. Just like with all dogs, you should also check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed.
Cesky Fousek has a very descriptive name. Cesky means Czech, which is place of origin of this breed and Fousek can be translated as Beard. So the breeds name can be literally translated as a Czech Bearded Dog. This breed is also known under few other names, such as Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon or Rough-Coated Bohemian Pointer.
The Cesky Fousek is usually healthy dog breed with good lifespan around 13 or 14 years, which is pretty good for dog of this size. Of course, just like all the breeds in the world, they may suffer from some health issues, such as hip dysplasia, alopecia, some allergies or infections, but none of these problems occur extremely often in this breed.