Terriers were developed to dig in search of prey such as rodents and badgers. The process was in parallel to hounds and as aids to farmers wishing to reduce vermin. As hunters and killers of rats, mice and other woodland creatures, terrier breeds possess special personality traits: courage, determination and spunk. These often feisty, energetic breeds range from the diminutive Scottish Norfolk and Cairn to the spirited soft-Coated Wheaten, the majestic Airedale and the powerful American Staffordshire.
In the home and yard, these dogs will typically not tolerate the presence of other dogs and are always ready for a boisterous confrontation. As a consequence, backyards require fencing that divide the terrier's space from the space of nearby dogs. Solid fencing and dense plantings with exposure to other neighborhood pets keep temperaments in check.
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- Airedale Terrier
Airedale; a breed of large wiry-coated terrier bred in Yorkshire.
- American Staffordshire Terrier
Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, pit bull terrier; American breed of muscular terriers with a short close-lying stiff coat.
- Bedlington Terrier
A light terrier groomed to resemble a lamb.
- Border Terrier
Small rough-coated terrier of British origin.
- Boston Terrier
Boston bull; small pug-faced American terrier breed having a smooth brindle or black coat with white markings.
- Cairn Terrier
Cairn; small rough-haired breed of terrier from
- Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont; a breed of small terrier with long wiry coat and drooping ears.
- Giant Schnauzer
- Irish Terrier
Medium-sized breed with a wiry brown coat; developed in
- Kerry Blue Terrier
An Irish breed of medium-sized terriers with a silky blue-grey coat.
- Lakeland Terrier
Breed of wire-haired terrier originally from the Lake District of England and used for hunting.
- Lhasa Apso
Lhasa; a breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in
Tibet as watchdogs.
- Manchester Terrier
Black-and-tan terrier; a breed of short-haired rat terrier with a black-and-tan coat that was developed in Manchester, England.
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Norfolk Terrier
English breed of small terrier with a straight wiry grizzled coat and dropped ears.
- Norwich Terrier
English breed of small short-legged terrier with a straight wiry red or grey or black-and-tan coat and erect ears.
- Scottish Terrier
Scotch terrier, Scottie; old Scottish breed of small
long-haired usually black terrier with erect tail and ears.
- Sealyham Terrier
Sealyham; a wire-haired terrier with short legs that was first bred in Sealyham.
- Silky Terrier
Sydney silky; Australian breed of toy dogs having a silky blue coat.
- Skye Terrier
Scottish breed of terrier with shaggy hair and long low body with short legs; native to the Isle of Skye.
- Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Irish breed of medium-sized terrier with an abundant coat any shade of wheat and very hairy head and muzzle.
- Standard Schnauzer
A medium-sized schnauzer.
- Tibetan Terrier
Chrysanthemum dog; breed of medium-sized terriers bred in Tibet resembling Old English sheepdogs with fluffy curled tails.
- Welsh Terrier
Wire-haired terrier resembling Airedales but smaller;
developed in Wales for hunting.
- West Highland White Terrier
Westie; small white long-coated terrier developed in Scotland.
- Yorkshire Terrier
Very small breed having a long glossy coat of bluish-grey and tan.