Guide to Pet Dog Breeds
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Popular Dog Groups - Terriers




Terriers.
The word terrier has passed into the language as someone that is game, feisty, tough and likes a fight. Originally bred to hunt vermin (rats, mice, foxes) often digging them out of their lairs. They can have a hard bite but this is offset by small mouths.They are mostly small dogs but do vary in size from the small Cairns to the much larger Airedale.

Breeding, over the lifetime of these dogs, has made this group into dogs that make great pets, loyal and very good companions, they are family friendly but they can be their own dogs.When chhosing a terrire for a family pet it would be advisable to seek out a Breeder that breeds the dogs as pets and not as working dogs.
Terriers are by nature alert and lively making them ideal watchdogs, barking at any sign of strangers, which may be a problem..
They can be aggressive towards other dogs and often chase other pets (particularly cats) but are friendly with thier own "pack" an other animals they have been brought up with.

Some examples of dog breeds that fall into the category Terriers.

  • Airedale
  • Bedlington
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Terrier(English)
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature)
  • Cairn
  • Dandie Dinmont
  • Fox Terrier (Smooth Haired)
  • Fox Terrier (Wire Haired)
  • Irish Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Kerry Blue
  • Lakeland
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Scottish
  • Sealyham (my favourite)
  • Skye
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White
  • Yorkshire


Many of the above examples make excellent pets, but it should be remembered that they can be independent and quick tempered, they will often need early supervision but will settle well into a family environment.
Easily alerted they make good wattchdogs but to some owners their inclination to bark may be annoying.
Good with children if socialised early.
Affectionate and outgoing but with an independant streak.