Chances are, you've never heard of a Cesky terrier.
Tim Smith hopes that changes soon. Smith, of Jones, breeds Cesky terriers, one of the newest breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The club has released its list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in Oklahoma City, and it is full of the usual suspects — retrievers, Yorkshire terriers, German shepherds and the like.
Smith said there is something fun about having a dog that no one has ever heard of.
“They are rare,” Smith said. “I think that is a big draw for them. Not a lot of people have them. A lot of people like having something that other people don't.”
The Cesky terrier is a mix of several other terriers, including Scottish terriers, which they resemble. Smith said they don't shed. They are energetic, independent, but still loving and loyal.
“It's still your best friend, but with a little more kick to it,” Smith said.
The breed is seven years old and was accepted by the AKC two years ago.
Smith also breeds Wheaten terriers, which are more common than Cesky terriers, but still don't make the list of most popular breeds.
One breed that did make the cut is bulldogs. Joel Wilson, a veterinarian from Shawnee, has been breeding bulldogs for 30 years.
Wilson said there are some good reasons their popularity has increased in recent years.
“To me, they have a unique personality,” Wilson said. “They are a breed that will take up with anybody and everybody. We had one that used to follow the pizza delivery guy and get in his truck.”
More house dogs?
Bulldogs have been popular in pop culture recently, especially with hip-hop musicians. Wilson said bulldogs also have gotten more popular as people increasingly have kept their dogs indoors year-round.
“It seems like over the years a lot of the bigger breeds have become house dogs, and the bulldogs are maybe more amenable to that,” Wilson said. “They are not as hyper as a terrier or some of the retrievers. A bulldog will sit at your feet and nap when you are watching the ballgame.”
Bulldogs don't make good outside dogs because they aren't heat tolerant, Wilson said. They also bring some specific challenges. They are an expensive breed to buy and to raise. And they snore. Loudly.
If you can get past that, bulldogs are great companions, Wilson said.
“A lot of people who think of bulldogs think they are vicious,” Wilson said. “I think it's that macho look. But they are very friendly.”