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The Český Fousek

Information on the Český Fousek

A hunting dog breed trained at Autumn Breeze Kennel

A Český Fousek hunting dog that was trained at Autumn Breeze Kennel

Also referred to as the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon, Rough-coated Bohemian Pointer, Barbu tchèque.

As far as sporting and gun dogs go, the Český Fousek ranks with the best of the bunch in just about every way. They have a distinct appearance reminiscent of a German Wire-haired Pointer, a look that includes a multi-colored wire-haired coat along with a mustache and beard. But of course, looks aren't all they have to offer, as their sporting abilities are even more attractive.

They are known to be exceptionally versatile, able to traverse various climates and terrains for game both big and small, with equal effectiveness and tenacity. Unlike many other varieties of sporting and scent hounds, this intelligent breed doesn't translate its smarts into stubbornness, it tends to translate into obedience, making it quite easy to train - it takes direction well and is always eager to please. 

This easy-going nature also translates into the home, as Český Fouseks are known to be extremely friendly, affectionate, and playful dogs. They are usually relaxed with strangers and do very well with children and other dogs.

A Český Fousek gun dog on point while training at Autumn Breeze Kennel

Again unlike many other hunting breeds, Český Fouseks don't possess an overwhelming prey drive and are able to discern context to some degree, so they are much more likely to peacefully coexist with other non-canine animals in the home, especially if thoroughly socialized early on.

If there is one downfall, it is that they need an absolute ton of exercise, meaning they are best suited for thoroughly active families and those that have a large yard or space to run.

The breed is one of the slowest to mature, not hitting prime until three years of age or more, and will show puppy-like characteristics well into their older years.

Because they are so social and possess such high energy levels, being left alone can cause them anxiety and lead to destructive behaviors.

But for any responsible owner who is willing to meet their daily exercise requirements, this breed easily makes one of the best companion and sporting dogs around.