Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Czech Coarse Haired Setter, Czech Pointer, Rough Coated Bohemian Pointer
The Ceský Fousek is a gundog that was originally developed to point and then retrieve fallen game from both land and water. This breed remains rare outside of the Czech Republic and Slovakia where it is primarily kept by hunters.
The name Fousek comes from the word “fousy”, meaning facial hair/whiskers.
Ceský Fousek Standards
- 48-75 lbs
- medium to large-sized pointer
- hanging, medium length ears
- tail is traditionally docked where legal
- harsh coat is 1 to 1 1/2" in length
- brown with ticked markings
- dark roan with or without brown markings
- solid brown
History of the Ceský Fousek
Pointing dogs similar to the Ceský Fousek have been found in the region of Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) since at least the 12th century. These dogs were some of the earliest examples of wirehaired pointers and may be the primary ancestor for dogs of this type. Known then as the Bohemian Water Dog, they were bred for working ability rather than appearance, and the breed would not be fixed until the late 1800s.
Both World Wars decimated the Ceský Fousek and although breeding programs began in the 1920s they were nearly extinct by the 1940s. Outcrosses became necessary and both the German Wirehaired and Shorthaired Pointers were used to strengthen the bloodline. The modern-day Ceský Fousek was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1963.