Terrier Breeders

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Terriers of different breeds usually were developed to destroy vermin but have since evolved into enormously popular house pets. While there are some large terriers, most, like the Miniature Schnauzer or the Fox Terrier, are small dogs that don’t shed. Their compact size makes them ideal for people who don’t feel they can commit to the demands of a large dog or just don’t want to deal with the hassle.

Because they were bred to chase vermin, terriers tend to have very high energy levels. It is a common mistake to believe that smaller dogs don’t need as much exercise as larger dogs. In fact, a lot of times the opposite is true. Terriers are often demanding of your time and attention and require a great deal of exercise to become tired.

Another byproduct of vermin hunting breeding is hard headedness. Terriers are often very willful and sometimes difficult to train. They can be masterful escape artists who can remain focused on a single task for long periods of time. This can be endearing as well as frustrating.

Good Terrier Breeders

The terrier's size makes them very popular pets and with that popularity comes bad breeders and bad breeding. Finding a responsible breeder should be your priority when looking for a terrier. You want to find a breeder who is knowledgeable about the breed and who is interested in where the puppy will be going. Don’t be surprised if a breeder requires you to fill out an application to buy one of their dogs and then requires you to sign a contract stating that you will sufficiently take care of the dog. A breeder that cares enough to screen you and make you sign a contract is also a breeder who knows how to breed a healthy dog.


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