Terrier Group Breeds
Originally bred to hunt vermin, these typically compact animals carry some similar characteristics and temperaments. In the field, their intelligence and problem solving are coupled with their boldness and free spirit. At home, they are normally best suited as the sole pup on campus, as they can be territorial to other animals. While they are loyal to their owners, they can be standoffish to strangers as well. Socializing these dogs young can help develop them to be the most agreeable to others.
Not known for barking, they are still terriers – so they have a tendency to chew and dig. Their happiness is rooted in companionship and interactions with humans. Airedales own the title of largest terrier.
Native of Louisiana, this dog was developed from the hairless Rat Terriers. In terms of temperament, it is a poster child of the terrier. Spuky, muscular, and energetic while also being a devoted companion in the house.
This ‘Pit Bull’ breed is more affectionately known as AmStaffs by their devout fanbase. They have a smooth coat and typically weigh anywhere from 50-80 pounds. True to what you’d expect from a Pit Bull, they are muscular and dawn signature “rose” ears.
This large breed has a most distinguished nose. They were originally bred for fighting, but with those days behind them, they’ve taken a welcomed role as a family companion. While their temperament is sweet-tempered, its important to take this breed on a case-by-case basis if looking to have them join a family with smaller kids.
Weighing under 25 pounds, this pup was originally bred in the Scottish Highlands to fearlessly root out foxes in their dens. Since then, it seems they’ve put up their paws. They love attention from their owners and make for cuddly companions.
Native to the Czech Republic, The Cesky Terrier descends from the Scottish Terrier and the Sealyham Terrier. While they’ve kept true to the terrier namesake, they are undoubtedly calmer.
This small Scottish terrier gain popularity back in the day for its brilliance in tracking otters. While its appearance doesn’t sing ‘terrier’, on the inside, this pup is all terrier.
Coming with the ‘just rolled out of bed’ appearance, this Irish terrier gained AKC acknowledgement in 1934. A good family dog that plays well with other dogs, this kind pup has come a long way from its farming origins.
This small terrier is among the oldest of the terrier breeds. This bold and courageous, protective and reverent medium sized dog is affectionately nicknamed the “Daredevil” of the Emerald Island. Pedal to the medal, this pup lives its life.
This medium sized terrier was promoted from all around hunting dog (rabbits to badgers to foxes and otters) to an all around working dog. They are brave and spirited, affectionate and loyal.
This sleek framed terrier, is muscular and full of energy. The jet black coat and chestnut markings make this small breed very recognizable. Always surveying, they remain watchful of their surroundings.
These instantly recognizable dogs carry a compelling blend of personality. While they can most certainly be bullheaded and stubborn, they are extremely devoted to their family. They can be the clown of the family with wit, comical, and playful traits.
Whether policing farmland or guarding an apartment, these hypoallergenic dogs are highly adaptable to their environment. They are highly trainable and exhibit inexhaustible love and affection for their owners.
Whether they are running alongside horses or digging to flush out a fox, this bold terrier has an energetic athleticism that is admirable. Their self-important, intelligent complex makes them great a sight to behold.
This quick footed breed is true to its name. Bred to hunt rats and other vermins, its high energy levels have this dog needing lots of exercise. Bred as s a mix of Fox Terriers and Manchester Terriers in Great Britain in the 1820s, the Rat Terrier is an intelligent breed.
These even tempered, smart dogs doesn’t let size get in the way. They are truly fearless. To the family members they chose to be closest, they are very loyal. To strangers, they can be standoffish.
Make sure to have a place where this pup can expend its energy. Its sleek and athletic build has all the makings of a terrier breed. These high-spirited, smart pups are wonderful with kids and families.
The Staffy or Stafford, for short, these smaller medium sized breeds have been affectionately nicknamed “nanny dog”. Their affection and reliability in the home is equally matched by their ability to be courageous and bold.
An excellent family dog, these terriers come from Wales. Prevalently used in hunting and sporting, they nonetheless have a softer side when at home. Highly intelligent and fun, their playful nature will have them a centerpiece in the family.
Also known as a Westie, these terriers are independent and smart dogs who from time-to-time can exhibit some stubbornness. Small and sturdy, these pups make fore great family pets.
For a household with older or well mannered kids, this small breed can be a good family pet. Their terrier instincts of boldness, intelligence, and swiftness are not lost on this breed. This little pup is always up for an activity and adventure.