Group Guide To Terrier Dog Breeds
Feisty, Energetic And Fun. Life With A Terrier Is Never Dull.
30 different types of Terrier dog breeds are recognised by the AKC which makes the terrier group varied and versatile indeed. Smart witted and feisty, try this must read quick guide to all types of terrier dogs.
The term terrier derives from the Latin word terra meaning ‘earth’, many rodents and pests such as rats or foxes live in burrows and tunnels, terriers are specifically bred to chase after their prey by ‘going to ground’, they do this with immense enthusiasm and gusto.
Airedale Terrier, American Hairless Terrier,American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Terrier, Bedlighton Terrier, Border Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cesky Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier,Irish Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier,Miniature Schnauzer, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier Parson Russell Terrier, Rat Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Skye Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier.
Terriers are good for people who:
- Don’t want a large bulky dog, want a dog that’s playful and social with people. Likes their dog to be busy and active without demanding constant attention, wants a companion that will always be alert and watchful if the local squirrels dare to come into the garden and steal your nuts.
Terriers are not so good for people:
- Who keep small animals especially rodents, (even cats for larger terriers). Terriers retain a strong prey drive and usually need to be socialised from puppy hood if they are to be relaxed around squeaking critters.
- Who lack confidence in controlling their dog, The terrier’s traits of fronting up larger challenges can mean they spar or scrap with other dogs, unless trained and socialised properly this can lead to some dangerous confrontations especially with the more powerful terrier dog breeds.
A high proportion of terrier dog breeds come from the British Isles and different breeds have evolved for different reasons, working men created sport by hunting rats around industrial buildings, others worked alongside hound packs to drive a fox from its earth or hold it in situ whilst hunters dug it out, fighting dogs with powerful jaws were also developed out of badger baiting breeds.
As a group, terriers of all types display a bravery and confidence often in direct proportion to the size of the the perceived threat, even the smallest of terriers can make great watchdogs.
This confidence coupled with stubbornness means they can get themselves into trouble as they simply don’t back down, even if facing off a challenge from something much bigger than themselves.
Terrier breeds have always been popular, their scrappy self reliance, intelligence and independent nature means they are great farm dogs or household companions. When times were hard they displayed self reliance being able to fend for themselves by scavenging rather than relying on being fed.
While most of us today do not live on farms or suffer great poverty, the qualities that the terrier group possess in abundance carries through till today, we love their feisty, busy and confident attitude.
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