Cesky Fousek FCI Standard
By the end of the XIX the Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon was acknowledged as a separate breed although heavy inbreeding with other type of hunting dogs was a common occurrence at this time. Despite this fact the breed deserved a wide-spread popularity among hunters in its native country as well as in the neighbouring regions of Austria and Germany. The First World War turned out to be almost fatal for this dog but it was preserved by the efforts of the specially established «Association for the Wirehaired Pointer Cesky Fousek». With all its good intentions this club was incapable of fully restoring the breed to its former number because survived specimens were not enough to launch organised breeding program.
The Second World War interrupted with this process and the Cesky Fousek once again appeared on the verge of extinction. As the result in the post-war years its population became so scarce that its restoration proved to be impossible without infusion of fresh bloods of other similar breeds. In particular it was crossed with the German Short-Haired and Wire-Haired Pointers to re-create a stable foundation stock to breed.
Thanks to such persisting efforts of breed’s fanciers the Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon attained recognition of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1964. By this time the breed had spread throughout Europe and was prized as a highly capable hunting animal for fowling in water. Nowadays it keeps on thriving in its homeland and in Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France, Holland, the USA and other countries. Actually it takes the second place among the most popular hunting dogs in its native region.
The Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon is also quite agreeable with unfamiliar people although poorly socialised dog can be unreasonably fearful or timid when it meets a stranger. Anyway, timely socialisation is a must if you want to have your dog adapted for the wide variety of situations. It generally suits for the role of a watchdog because of its observant and vigilant nature. However, its overall friendliness is a major obstacle, which prevents it from becoming an effective guard dog.
The Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon has very few issues with other dogs and will welcome an opportunity to co-exist with one or several canine companions on the constant basis. Some specimens can become excessively possessive, which can lead to some confrontation with strange dogs. However these undesirable aggressive tendencies can be easily fixed by timely obedience training. The Cesky Fousek has bad reputation with other species of animals since it’s notable for a well-developed hunting drive. At the same time it won’t pester a household cat (or other pet) with which it has spent its puppyhood.
• canine hip dysplasia.
Working specimens require additional care of their large drooping ears as they tend to trap dirt, debris and various particles in them. Their toes should also be inspected for the signs of any splinters or thorns after each hunting trip. The Cesky Fousek is an average shedder.
Essentially there are virtually no limits as to what the Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon can learn if you apply correct motivational techniques. Considering the breeds’ biddable character screaming and harsh attitude should be avoided in the work with this dog. It manifests much more eagerness to please when it’s stimulated with ample tasty treats and praise.
The Bohemian Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon suites poorly for an apartment dweller as he will certainly run ragged trying to satisfy the dogs’ sizeable exercise requirements. This breed does best in the house with a large safely enclosed yard where it can run and play to its heart’s content.
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