Terrier Dog Group

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.

Airedale Terrier

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.

  • 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 Scotland.
  • 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 Ireland.
  • 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.



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