Maybe a better question : Why not a Cesky Fousek?
The Cesky Fousek is best known for being smart, focused and faithful. It is a hard worker with a great willingness to cooperate. Although the dog has a great passion for hunting, he will always keep an eye on his master – and hence the trait of adjusting the working distance without training. These dogs thrive on strong and dependable human relationships, and love playing the role of lap dog. This breed is highly intelligent and generally easy to train. As a pet, the Cesky Fousek is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. The Cesky Fousek is not suited for full-time indoor or apartment living, as this active breed enjoys spending time outdoors and playing games such as fetch and frisbee. The Cesky Fousek is a dog that is very sensitive to the moods of its master, and usually the dog doesn't need to be treated harsh. Cheerful and friendly, they like children. Loyal and protective, they love 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.
Due to its need for human relationships and eagerness to please and impress its owner, the Cesky Fousek generally responds well to basic training and commands. This intelligent breed has the ability to learn and to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach. Establishing immediate trust and respect is key to successfully training the Cesky Fousek. The best way to describe handling them correctly will be an iron fist in a velvet glove. These dogs can be somewhat sensitive to criticism and respond best to positive reinforcement and reward-based training.
The Cesky Fousek is very energetic, smart and willing to please. If exercised sufficiently once or twice a day and given calm, confident and consistent authority, the Cesky Fousek makes a very agreeable family companion. If left to his own devices for long periods without exercise or leadership, he can become destructive and nervous. If raised with other dogs and cats from puppy-hood, the Cesky Fousek does quite well. 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. They have all the qualities one could wish for in a hunting partner and a few hundred years of breeding to back it up. 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.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning a Cesky Fousek, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. This active breed is often quite amusing and entertaining to watch while at play. The Cesky Fousek is very bright, easy to train, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, this breed gets along well with small children and other pets. These dogs are obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making excellent hunting dogs, family pets, and companions alike.
There are also disadvantages to owning a Cesky Fousek. They say one of the advantages is that a Cesky Fousek stays a puppy for three years - and the disadvantage is that they stay a puppy for three years. These energetic and athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Cesky Fousek not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, digging, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking, like most other dogs. While puppies (three years) they will bite, chew, shred and destroy EVERYTHING that is wood or plastic that they can get hold of. This includes their bedding
The Cesky Fousek has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these dogs are surprisingly quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighbourhood pets, and small woodland creatures, again, like any big breed.
For reasons unknown, the Cesky Fousek is known to enjoy digging, and is quite good at doing so. It is not unusual for this breed to dig a hole under a fence within the matter of only a few minutes. These dogs must be supervised or properly secured at all times while outdoors. They are quite the escape artists - and will hurt themselves trying to get out or in - whatever their fancy at the specific moment.
As previously mentioned, the Cesky Fousek remains very rare outside of its native Czech Republic and can prove quite difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, extremely high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
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