The Terrier Breed Group

The Terrier Group is made up of feisty, stamina filled breeds that were typically bred to kill vermin. Terriers are fearless and even the smaller members of this group (The Cairn Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, or Norfolk Terrier, for example) have no concept of their size when it comes to battling a much larger foe! Due to their origins as hunters, Terriers often have a strong prey drive and may act aggressively towards other animals (including other dogs).

Affenpinscher  

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher (or “Affen” as it is often affectionately called) is a small dog with the build, personality and sturdy constitution of a terrier. It has a short, thick and wiry coat, with longer wisps falling over its face and a slightly curly undercoat. The Affen has a squarish frame and face, round eyes, a short nose and an undershot jaw (giving its nickname, “the monkey terrier”). Traditionally its ears and tails are docked by a third of its length.

 

Airedale Terrier  

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale is the largest in the terrier family, giving it the nickname “The King of Terriers.” It has a flat and elongated head, a deep chest, and very straight front legs. It has a rough, wiry coat that resists dampness (a must for the rainy weather of the Valley of Aire, England, where it was originally bred and from which it gets its name). This is lined by a softer undercoat. The fur is usually tan with dark griddle saddle markings. Ears fold forward, the short tail, which it holds gaily but never curls over the back, is often docked.

 

American Staffordshire Terrier  

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire terrier (also called AmStaff) was a well-known fighting dog back in the 1800s, developed by crossing the bulldog with several types of terriers. The development of this type of fighter dog began in England, where it was known as the Staffordshire Bullterrier. After it was brought to America, where it was enhanced to have a stronger head and sturdier build, the result of further modification was established as a separate breed from the English counterpart.

 

Australian Terrier  

Australian Terrier

As a working dog that has shorter legs and is smaller than most in its breed group, the Australian terrier developed a gait that allows it to cover a fair ground area. The breed has a long head, dark nose, angular-shaped ears, dark luminous eyes, a scissors bite, and a strong chest. It has a straight, rough outer coat that’s around 2.5 inches in length, and a short, smooth undercoat.

 

Bedlington Terrier  

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is one breed that looks more like a lamb than a dog; its coat and head are similar to that of a sheep. It has feet similar to a hare’s, straight forelegs, and a pointy tail. It has a bouncy pace that is apparent when it walks slowly. Despite its tame and diminutive appearance, this breed is known for its ability to take on small but strong quarry in the hunt. Its overall look makes it stand out in the show ring.

 

Black Russian Terrier  

Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier stands out due to its unique facial characteristics (the breed has a “beard” on its head and a “mustache” on its muzzle) and its massive size; to say that it is large is probably an understatement. The Black Russian Terrier has a powerful, muscled body, with solid, strong legs. It has a large head with strong jaws and almond-shaped dark eyes. The body length should be proportionate to its length at withers. The coat of the Black Russian Terrier is thick, bristly, and waterproof, reaching up to two inches and is typically the color black.

 

Border Terrier  

Border Terrier

The Border Terrier, or BT as it is affectionately called, is small spunky terrier with a coarse, wiry double coat. He has dark lively eyes, a short muzzle, black nose and small ears. A Border Terrier is alert, active and agile, and because it was bred to hunt, it is capable of squeezing through narrow apertures and rapidly traversing any kind of terrain. The characteristic "otter" head with its keen eye, combined with a body poise which is "at the alert," gives a look of fearless and implacable determination characteristic of the breed.

 

Bull Terrier  

Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers think for themselves, are very lively, and tough. Provided proper social training has taken place, it gets along fine with cats or other household pets.

 

Cairn Terrier  

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is a sensible, confident little dog, independent but friendly. He may be found in an apartment, suburban home, or on a farm. Alert, intelligent and long-lived, the Cairn tends to remain active and playful well into his teen years, endearing him to children

 

Dandie Dinmont Terrier  

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are a loving and warm dog breed. They are highly affectionate and love to play. They are also fairly easy to train, as it is a very intelligent breed.

 

Glen of Imaal Terrier  

Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a versatile, intelligent and rugged breed. Despite being tough and fearless they are generally quiet with very little unnecessary barking. This breed can be very affectionate, easy-going and playful.

 

Irish Terrier  

Irish Terrier

Irish Terriers are affectionately called “Daredevils” by their fanciers. This breed can be hot-tempered, reckless, and exceptionally courageous. They are animated, spirited, and loyal dogs. They play hard and can be good friends to active children. They are somewhat willful but they are also intelligent and trainable. Irish Terriers can be quite a handful so they should be trained firmly from the beginning. They are not for first time dog owners.

 

Kerry Blue Terrier  

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terriers are affectionate, loyal, and intelligent. The breed's out-going, high-spirited and people-friendly attitude makes it a dear companion. It loves children and is a safe playmate for older kids. It can be easily housetrained.

 

lakeland terrier  

Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is lively, spirited, very affectionate, and loyal to its humans. It is extremely active and playful, making a great play companion even with children. Unlike other Terriers, this canine enjoys the company of other pets. Smart, it should be given a variety of training programs, for it loves challenges.

 

manchester terrier  

Manchester Terrier

The Manchester terrier is a very intelligent, energetic, and highly trainable. It also very attentive, watchful, and quite devoted to its owner. It can even be eager to please and very obedient. Its characteristics are sometimes compared to that of a cat, particularly its aloof manner toward strangers, tidiness, and independence.

 

miniature bull terrier  

Miniature Bull Terrier

The Miniature Bull terrier is an active and playful breed that does not like to stay put. It is a fun, loyal pet that’s not quite submissive, as it tends to be autonomous and stubborn. For this reason, this breed needs rigid but gentle training.

 

miniature schnauzer  

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a lively dog that tends to be quite playful and curious. Although its barking can become a problem, its fun, agreeable, and alert character makes it a great companion in the home. This is one breed that enjoys being involved in activities, particularly with children, and also behaves well around other animals.

 

norfolk terrier  

Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is a charming breed that is one of the smallest in the terrier group. The breed is brave, lively, and friendly, with a steady character devoid of petulant behavior or edginess.

 

norwich terrier  

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terriers are hardy, happy-go-lucky, weatherproof companions. They are very loyal, alert, and have a sensitive intelligence. This breed loves children and should generally get along with other cats and dogs.

 

Parson Russell Terrier  

Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier's adventurous nature may be blamed for its tendency to get into trouble, as it tends to explore, dig holes, and chase after other animals whenever possible. However, it is also noted for its intelligence, and its ability to behave well around children, and even strangers. It may chase cats and behave poorly around other dogs, but it gets along easily with horses.

 

Scottish Terrier  

Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier has boundless energy and determination. Its charming nature makes it a breed that is easy to love. As a puppy, the Scottish Terrier is playful and friendly; as it grows older, it adapts a more dignified behavior. It loves to bark and dig, engage in ball games and enjoys walking around.

 

Sealyham Terrier  

Sealyham Terrier

The Sealyham Terrier is a breed that is loyal and affectionate in nature. This dog likes to bark though it is reserved with strangers. And since Sealyham’s are considered as pack dogs, they welcome companionship with other dogs and genuinely appreciate being made part of the family.

 

Silky Terrier  

Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier, while affectionate to its master, is hardly a gentle lap dog. It is very boisterous and playful and generally enjoys the company of children. They express their curiosity by digging. The Silky Terrier can also be trained to become good watch dogs, because of their alert nature. However, they have the tendency to become barkers and can get jealous of other animals, if not guided properly.

 

Skye Terrier  

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier, while playful and affectionate, requires much attention to keep it happy. It must be trained to socialize with other people because he is very suspicious of strangers, to the point that it will bite those who will dare touch it. The Skye Terrier should not be left alone with small animals because it loves to chase and may become aggressive.

 

Smooth Fox Terrier  

Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Terrier loves to hunt, and therefore should be on leash when in the company of other animals. They are extremely affectionate to their humans but can be jealous (which it shows openly), impulsive, and scrappy. This energetic dog is also very playful especially to kids but be careful, for they have been known to bite.

 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier  

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

This breed is known for its puppy-like nature even through adulthood. Its gentle, affectionate, pleasing, and playful nature makes it an enjoyable companion. The Wheaten is a loyal pet, having lived with people for centuries. It tends to move gracefully, and behaves well around children and other pets.

 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier  

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the perfect dog to socialize with humans and is sometimes referred to as a “human” in doggy fur. They are the ultimate family dog. They adore people, especially children (in England they were known as a nanny dog). As a puppy, the Staffordshire likes to chew as it develops a strong jaw.

 

Welsh Terrier  

Welsh Terrier

A Welsh Terrier is calm and friendly. It can be trusted as a companion and guardian of children as well as a good natured playmate of other dogs in the household. It is intelligent and always desires to please its masters.

 

West Highland White Terrier  

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers have a lively disposition which makes them ideal family dogs. This breed is very intelligent, highly trainable, faithful, courageous, is good with children and very devoted to its owner. Extreme affection is very evident in its dealings with its owners but it cannot be trusted with small animals due to its natural inclination towards hunting. Proper training can make a Westie a good obedience dog. It thrives best under lots of attention.

 

Wire Fox Terrier  

Wire Fox Terrier

Although terrier breeds are generally not considered good with children, the Wire Fox Terrier seem to prove otherwise. It can be quite patient and protective and exhibits moderate dependence on humans. There may be some problems with dominance challenges particularly with meek owners and excessive barking that is often high-pitched enough to be quite annoying to neighbors.


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