Terriers That You Would Find Interesting

Terriers – Interesting Facts

The personality of a lively child put into dog- this might be a good way of describing the general personality of Terriers. But as it appears, that still would not justify their temperaments.

These dogs came from the British Isles where they were first oriented to hunting fox, rat, otter and the likes over and under the ground. And as its name suggests, “Terriers” came from the word “terra” which means, “earth”.

While Terriers may be identified through their prominent physical characteristics, they are still divided into various breeds that separate one kind from another.

The following are the subgroups of the Terriers breed:

Show Terriers- These are basically bred as small dogs and are used for show rings.

Bull and Terrier Types- these came from breeding between bull dogs and terriers. Only in the last quarter of 1800’s did the breeders separate a number of bull dogs from terrier types for distinction.

Hunting and Working Terriers- The breed that was primarily bred for hunting.

Toy Terriers- These are the smaller versions of terriers, which are basically categorized into the companion breed.

To help you understand the various natures of terrier dogs, we have prepared some dog profiles here, please read on.

Airedale Terriers - This is known to be the largest dog in the Terrier breed. Standing an average of 23 inches from the shoulder, this dog shows off both beauty and elegance that make them fit for both dog obedience trials and show rings.

A cross-breed between Otterhound and Black and Tan Terrier, Airedale possess good skill in scent and superb swimming prowess.

Australian Terriers - Probably one of the dog types that have gotten to so many out-crossings with other dog breeds. A cross breed between the forerunner of Dandie Dinmont and rough coated terrier is said to have been migrated into England. The offspring of which was taken to Australia. With the scarcity of dog breeds in this land, many dogs had been crossbred into it which later resulted to a small type having the characteristics of terriers while being a good watchdog and ratter. It stands 10 to 11 inches with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Border Terriers- A True-blue working terrier, this dog is marked by its medium built while proving to work far better than what its appearance may give. Border Terriers are agile and alert while having the capacity to fit into narrow gaps especially during hunting.

Aside from its being affectionate and good adaptation to training, Border terriers can also make good family pets.

Terriers – Fighting

Bull Terriers - Originally bred for dog fighting and bull baiting, this dog is known to have been well-accustomed to courage and good resistance to pain. However, when the bloody dog fights were banned in England during the 1800’s, most breeders turned to breeding milder dogs.

Bull Terriers came from these fighting dogs combined with Dalmatian and English Terrier to produce all-white specie. This new breed though is very much reserved from starting fights which gave them the nickname “White Cavalier”.

There are of course a variety of other Terriers. Initially, you might find them interesting enough to catch your attention but a closer look would lead you to further knowing them. Who knows, you might find your ideal type of dog in this breed.

I hope some of this has helped you learn more about terrier dogs and dont forget if you have any questions please email me and I will do my best to help you,,,  regards stephen

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20 Responses to Terriers That You Would Find Interesting

  1. Harley says:

    I’ve always had dogs in my family and I’ll continue to have them but a terrier is just to high strung for me and my family. I like a nice laid back quite dog that will play when you want him to and be obedient and quite the rest of the time. I’ve had Pugs sense I was a teenager and I think they’re probably the best family pet of any dog out there.

  2. Robert says:

    When I was a kid there was a family that lived down the street that had an Airdale and that dog was the most protective dog I have ever seen. The funny thing was it looked out for the kids on his street like they were his pups or something. I really liked that dog but they moved away after about two years. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  3. Christopher says:

    One of my favorite shows to watch is the Dog Whisper and he is all the time teaching the people about how energetic and high strung their terriers are because that is the breed. These terriers have to be exercised regularly either on a tread mill or out side on a run with their people but they will not be able to listen until the energy is gone.

  4. Rafael says:

    Aren’t bull terriers the dog that is the Target mascot? I am not for sure but I thought that is what that was called. This was a very interesting article and I thank you for posting the information. I can’t wait to see what else you bring to the blog table and I hope it is about more dogs, one of my favorite things to talk about.

  5. David says:

    I like all dogs but when they are so high strung that they can’t calm down to just rest and relax with me in front of the TV then that is not the dog for me. I have a pug right now that is 13 years old so that is all he wants to do. I will be looking for a new dog eventually and maybe a terrier is a way to go .

  6. Michael says:

    Why does it seem that the terrier is the dog that likes to nip at people and has so much energy that they can actually hurt little kids and older people? I had a terrier once and he was so energetic that while I was gone during the day for work he would pace In the living room in front of the window, there is a worn path in my carpet now.

  7. Donald says:

    I have some friends that had three of these terrier dogs at one time because they thought that if they got one more it would be the magic balancing act that they needed to get them to quit barking and fighting. That didn’t work as you can imagine but these bark collars have, and if you get one on a remote control you can use it as a training tool as well.

  8. Harold says:

    My mom has a Chihuahua, Yorkie mix and that is one of the cutest little dogs, but she has a big dog attitude, if you know what I mean? She will pick a fight with anything and anyone as long as my mom is around her, it is so funny when she discovers she isn’t. But are all terriers this way even the bigger ones, or is this just an insecure dog?

  9. Carlos says:

    Are terriers an aggressive breed of dog? I want something that can be trained to protect me and my home, I am a single mom and I would love to have a guard dog but I want one that will know when to be friendly with the kids and things too. Is an Airedale smart enough to train to do that? Or should I go for one of the more common dogs like a Shepherd?

  10. Philip says:

    Terriers are really cute dogs but they can also live up to their name “terror. Some friends of mine had a mixed breed that had separation anxiety and if they left for any length of time, like for work, the dog would tear up stuff in the house. Does the vest that you show on your post really work for this purpose? I have never seen anyone use one so I didn’t know.

  11. Mable says:

    I am trying to find something that will help me walk my dog more peacefully. It is a chore on both our parts just to go on a walk because he is constantly pulling on the leash. I know the harness’s empower the dog to be more aggressive but it wouldn’t pull on his throat then. What should I do?

  12. Jerry says:

    I love terrier dogs, especially little ones like Silkies, which are a miniature version of the Yorky. I understand that Yorkies were used to hunt rats. My friend has one and he is adorable. He was a bit stubborn as a pup when she potty trained him, but now he is so well behaved. It seems that these dogs are great once they are trained properly. Maybe that is why they’re used to hung rats.

  13. Frank says:

    Mable, I have heard that if you do like Caesar does on dog whisper that it really works. The leash is a slip lease that has a little locking mechanism, but you have to make sure it is right up high on their neck right behind their ears and for some reason they don’t pull on those as much. Good luck I hope it helps a little.

  14. Andrew says:

    Jerry, that is interesting I didn’t know that there was anything smaller than a Yorkie but a Silkie is a miniature one? Wow that would be a small dog, I bet they are really cute though. I don’t think it would be good to use them to hunt rats these days though some of them are quite possibly bigger than the dog would be.

  15. Kathleen says:

    My mom has a terrier mix and I swear that dog is mental. She chases her tail and barks at it like crazy until you give her a treat and then that will snap her out of it. She also has this bark that would just drive me crazy because it is so high pitched, I am not a huge fan of small dogs and a lot of the terriers are small.

  16. Ann says:

    Terriers are so funny, I was trying to groom one the other day and they make some of the most awful noises like you are killing them and they show their teeth but I haven’t had one bite me yet. Do you suppose they are all bark and no bite or what? I know they sure do make me laugh that is for sure.

  17. June says:

    I was reading about the Airedale here and notice that you said it was a cross between an Otterhound and black and tan terrier. What is an Otterhound? You have some very interesting stuff in your post but the most interesting thing I find about terriers is the fact that they think they are such a big tuff dog. There is a lot of attitude in a terrier.

  18. Jewel says:

    I my self and partial to the Jack Russell Terrier, they seem to be so smart, you can teach them anything and wasn’t Benji a Border Terrier? He was smart too, well at least on the show but to do a show like that you would have to be able to train the dog to do certain things and that kind of dog is smart enough to train that’s for sure.

  19. Van says:

    I think that people sometimes pick terriers because they are cute but then they get them and they realize that the dog is more energetic and playful then they thought it was going to be and then they don’t want it anymore. People need to research dogs before they get one and see what they are bred for and what their temperament is.

  20. Todd says:

    I prefer the shorthaired dogs because of the shedding, is there a short haired terrier? All of the ones that I have seen have curly and long hair. I guess the Russell terrier is the shortest haired dog in the terrier breed right? They are really cute but I also want something a little more laid back I don’t have to exercise all the time to get it to expel it’s energy.

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