The Cesky Fousek, also known as the Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, is a versatile hunting dog breed that hails from the Czech Republic. The breed's history traces back to the 19th century where they were used for tracking, pointing, retrieving, and even flushing out game birds. The breed almost faced extinction during World War I and II, due to lack of breeding efforts and the devastation that Europe faced during these times. Post-WWII, a group of Czech breeders set out to restore the Cesky Fousek, mainly using the few remaining dogs of the breed and possibly with the infusion of German Wirehaired Pointers and other pointing breeds. This effort has been successful, and while still not numerous, the Cesky Fousek has a secure place as a beloved national breed of the Czech Republic. However, the breed remains rare outside its homeland.
The Cesky Fousek may suffer from hip dysplasia, ear infections, and alopecia, but is otherwise generally considered a healthy breed.
The Cesky Fousek is known for being intelligent, eager to please, and very trainable. They have a good memory, are capable of independent thinking, and are known for their problem-solving abilities. These traits make them highly valued as hunting dogs. Despite their hunting background, Cesky Fouseks are generally sociable and friendly dogs. They get along well with children and can be good with other dogs if socialized from a young age. They are loyal to their families and make good watchdogs.
As a breed developed for endurance and stamina in the field, they are active dogs that require regular exercise to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Without adequate exercise, they can become bored and may develop behavioral problems. The Cesky Fousek can be somewhat reserved or wary with strangers, so early socialization is essential to help them become well-adjusted adults. They are not typically aggressive but they will defend their family if they perceive a threat.
The Cesky Fousek breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) on January 1, 1996.
According to the UKC, the breed was nearly eradicated in World War I, but today is the second most popular of all hunting dog breeds in it's original home territory, thanks to the efforts of those who carried out carefully planned programs to save the breed.