About Ridley

RIDLEY Cesky Terriers have been at the forefront of establishing the breed in the U.K.

In the last twenty years, twelve imported Cesky Terriers - nine from the Czech Republic, two from Poland and one from Canada - have made their home at Ridley, laying the foundations of correct type and temperament.

I have judged Cesky Terriers in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and in the Czech Republic as well as in the UK.

I try to visit the Czech Republic several times a year. I have learned a little of the language, and as a result I have been fortunate to spend many hours in the company of the breed's most knowledgeable experts and judges, gaining valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the various kennels.

In 1998 I was made a 'Member of Honour' of the KCHCT (Czech club for breeders of the Cesky Terrier) for my work in promoting the breed in the UK.

With Mr Horak at Klanovice in 1992

The Cesky Terrier is a Czech breed, the creation of one man, Frantisek Horak. We in other countries have no right to alter it. I will never compromise my understanding of the breed for the sake of fashion or showring success. My aim is to breed Cesky Terriers that are identical in type to those found in the breed's homeland. During his lifetime I was privileged to have the advice of Mr Horak, with regard to my breeding programme. Since then I have worked closely with his daughter, Jitka Paulinova.

In 2001 and 2002 I was privileged to judge the Horak Memorial Trophy at the Czech Club Show, and in 2005 my own Abba Melina Bohemica won this prestigious award. In 2007, Nadherna Nina Ridley won the CAC, and in 2012 her half-sister Ridley Pamatka won the Champion class and the CAC, whilst Oneva Eduard Malsville was victorious in the Champion Male class. In May 2011 I was honoured to judge the Club Winner Show in Hrdonov, Southern Bohemia.

2006: Nina, Kiki, Abba, Zara

There will always be 'instant experts'. For those who would prefer to have an accurate and informed opinion, what knowledge I have about the Cesky Terrier is always freely available to anyone wanting to know a little more about this breed.

Ridley Cesky Terriers have been the foundation for several other breeders in the UK. Komidion, Pendevour, Gayteckels and Woodstrode all started with a Ridley bitch.

I am committed to breeding Cesky Terriers of correct type, healthy and of good temperament. I take my adults to the Czech Republic for their bonitace or breeding examination. Whilst this is not necessary in the UK, it is a requirement before breeding in the Czech Republic. The test evaluates type, temperament, conformation, dentition and size.

2010: Pamatka, Gloria, Erik, Tomas

I breed and show dogs as a serious hobby, not as a business, and am committed to the welfare of this lovely and unique breed. I only breed very occasionally, so there is usually a waiting list for Ridley Cesky Terriers. However, if you want to learn a little more about the breed or to meet the gang, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 'Talking Cesky' is one of my favourite occupations!

Although I rarely have puppies available, I do sometimes know of puppies or older dogs that are looking for homes.

Sheila Atter