Formerly from Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, the Cesky Fousek was the most widely kept wirehaired Pointing dog in the region of the present day Czech and Slovakian Republics in the time before the first World War. This World War and its consequences were responsible for the Cesky Fousek nearly dying out in the Twenties. The regeneration of the breed was implemented. The Cesky Fousek was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996. Today, the breed continues to thrive in its native Czech Republic, and in many other countries. Currently, breeders for the Cesky Fousek can be found in Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. The Cesky Fousek is still represented by a strong and vibrant breed club in its native homeland, and New Zealand has its own Cesky Fousek breed club.
It is a multipurpose dog with inherent qualities for field and water, as well as for work in woodland. In spite of his innate sharpness to vermin, he is easily trained and very devoted to his mater. The lean, somewhat narrow and long head is set high on the neck. The muzzle is somewhat longer than the skull and the nasal bridge is moderately arched Skull. The occipital is barely noticeable. Stop: Moderate, yet marked toward the forehead. Nose: Broad with open, sensitive nostrils. The eyelids fit close to the eye, which they enclose completely and are well developed; they are grey – black in color. Leathers: Set on high and broad, narrowing markedly towards the tips. The length of the leathers reaches to two-thirds of the cheeks and the ends of the leathers are moderately rounded. They must lie close to the head. Neck: Of medium length with well-developed muscles, yet dry and set high at the withers. The crest of the neck is moderately arched.
Body: Back: The short, firm back slopes from the well-developed withers towards the croup. Loins: Short, relatively broad and moderately arched. Croup: Moderately sloping, sufficiently broad and suitably long. Chest: Together with the shoulder blade, seen from the front, the chest forms a lyre shape. The tail must not have a brush on the underside. Coat on head: On lower jaw as well as on lips, the hair is longer and softer, forming the beard, typical on this breed. The hair on the eyebrows points obliquely and noticeably upwards. The forehead, cranial region and cheeks are covered by short, coarse hair. Leathers are covered by short, softer, smooth hair. Color: Permitted colors are dark roan with or without brown patches.
• Brown with ticked markings on fore chest and lower part of the limbs.
• Brown without any markings.
Hunting dog able to adapt to any sort of terrain and type of hunting. Can be used for upland and waterfowl hunting, as well as tracking large game. Fantastic family dog as well as excellent hunting dog. The Cesky Fousek is very energetic, smart and willing to please. Cheerful and friendly, he likes children. Loyal and protective, he loves all family members equally, especially if they are carrying the leash, car key, gun or Frisbee. They are very people-oriented, and not happy if isolated from the family. A hunting dog by nature, they are bred and trained to work in the field, forest and water. This breed has a natural keen hunting instinct to go on point, stretching his body long, taking in the scents. These are noble and gentle, easy to train dogs. This breed likes to bark and needs to be told enough is enough if it becomes a nuisance. Socialize them well to prevent them from becoming reserved with strangers. This breed is not recommended for apartment life and does best with a large yard and an athletic family. At least a 6-foot high fence is necessary. Bored Cesky Fouseks can become escape artists. Does well in most climates.
Exercise is of paramount importance for these tireless energetic animals. They are more than a match for even the most active family and they should not be taken on as family pets unless they can be guaranteed plenty of vigorous exercise. They would be great for the person who hikes or jogs. On days they are not taken for a hike or a jog, they need a daily, long walk. If under-exercised, this breed can become restless and destructive.
The coat of the Cesky Fousek is very easy to groom. Just brush regularly with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will leave the coat gleaming. Check the feet also, especially after the dog has been exercising or working. Dry the dog thoroughly after hunting to prevent chilling. Examine the ears regularly. This breed is an average shedder.