What Types Of Terrier Would Suit You Best?
26 types of terrier 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.
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 hunstmen dug it out, fighting dogs with powerful jaws were also developed out of badger baiting breeds.
As a group, terriers of all sizes 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 stubborness 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 dog 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.
Whilst 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 .
Terrier Dog Breeds In the Terrier Group
Other Non AKC Terriers
Glen Of Imaal 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, want 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 instinct and usually need to be socialised from puppyhood if they are to be relaxed around squeeking critters.
Terriers are not so good for people:
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.
What Are Your Favourite Types Of Terrier?
Do you have your own terrier? If so we would love you to share your terrier "tails" with us, perhaps you could upload a picture of your favourite feisty furry one.
What do you love best about terriers? And what advice would you give to any prospective terrier parents?
Thinking about getting a terrier but want to know more? Just ask away and i'm sure you will get some useful answers.
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