Terrier Group

Breeds In This Category: 

Airedale Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: X-Large 55-90 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Prior to the Airedale, the sporting men of Yorkshire used both the Rough Coated English Black and Tan Terrier and the Otter Hound for hunting fox, badger, weasel, otter, water rat, an...

American Staffordshire Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Large 35-55 lb
X-Large 55-90 lb
Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

This breed is so closely related to the other types that comprise the Bully breed group, please see the history section of the article about Bully breeds...

Australian Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming:
A Couple Times a Week
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

The Australian Terrier is one of the oldest native Australian breeds.  Much of the development of the Australian Terrier was not recorded and has been lost to history.  However, a great d...

Bedlington Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Professional Grooming May Be Required LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The earliest documented account of a Terrier type dog resembling the Bedlington comes from 1702 when a Hungarian nobleman, Z. Molar, visiting Rothbury (where a large gypsy population resi...

Border Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Border Terrier is a small rough coated breed originally developed as a fox and vermin hunter in and around the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland. This region, which included...

Bull Terrier (Miniature)

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Descended from dogs known to be fierce gladiators in the fighting arena, the Miniature Bull Terrier has a long and dignified past.  Although the breed has a much more gentle temperament n...

Bull Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: X-Large 55-90 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The story of how the Bull Terrier came into existence begins in the middle ages, with the sport of baiting.  This is a blood sport in which a game dog is pitted against a confined animal...

Cairn Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming:
A Couple Times a Week
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The ancestors of the Cairn Terrier roamed Scotland for centuries; these “Earth Dogs”, as the word Terrier translates, were valued for their gameness (their fearlessness and toughness in f...

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Professional Grooming May Be Required LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The early history of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, and most other terriers, remains a mystery, as these dogs existed long before written records of dog breeding were kept, and they have...

Smooth Fox Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Smooth Fox Terriers originated in the 1700s, when they began to be more specifically developed by sportsmen for fox hunting. At that juncture in British history, hunting for sport had gai...

Glen of Imaal Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Medium 15-35 lb
Large 35-55 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Glen of Imaal Terrier’s story begins in the 16th century with Queen Elizabeth I, the queen regnant of England and Ireland, who in the 1570’s sought a way to maintain o...

Irish Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming:
A Couple Times a Week
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

Long before they entered dog show competition, Irish Terriers could be found spread far and wide throughout all of Ireland; this included Northern Ireland where many families or villages...

Kerry Blue Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Medium 15-35 lb
Large 35-55 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming:
A Couple Times a Week
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Very Protective Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The Kerry Blue, like most Terrier breeds, was first used by the poor—the dog of farmers and peasants—who could not afford to keep several different dog breeds, each for a specified purpos...

Lakeland Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Terrier breeds have a long and noble history, complete with legends of gallantry and conquest.  These dogs were brave little warriors with reputations for being fearless and supreme h...

Miniature Schnauzer

BREED BASICS
Size:
Small 8-15 lb
Medium 15-35 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Professional Grooming May Be Required LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

 

The Miniature Schnauzer was initially created by taking the smallest examples of the Standard Schnauzer and then crossing these dogs with similar breeds of a smaller size. Exact...

Norwich Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Small 8-15 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

The name terrier is from the Latin word terra meaning earth. These dogs did the dirty work, pulling their prey out from underground when necessary. In The Sportsman’s Repository...

Parson Russell Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Small 8-15 lb
Medium 15-35 lb
Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The Jack Russell Terrier was a type rather than a breed for the vast majority of the dog’s history.  These dogs were initially created by the Reverend John Russell to assist him in huntin...

Scottish Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming:
A Couple Times a Week
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 10 to 12 Years
Protective Ability: Very Protective Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The Scottish Terrier was not standardized until the end of the 19th Century, but this breed is generally regarded as being considerably older.  Terriers are some of Scotland...

Sealyham Terrier

BREED BASICS
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

As a young man Edwardes served with the Royal Welch (archaic spelling, not Welsh) Fusiliers 23rd Regiment, which brought him to Gibralter where he first hunted with Calpe Foxhounds. The m...

Skye Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Professional Grooming May Be Required LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The Skye Terrier is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, unique breed of terrier; created long before dog breeding records were kept, and in an area where written records of any kind wer...

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Large 35-55 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming:
A Couple Times a Week
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Fairly Laid Back Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

Very little is known with certainty about the early history of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, other than this dog was developed hundreds of years ago, in a time when next to nothing was...

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Medium 15-35 lb
Large 35-55 lb
Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: Brushing Once a Week or Less LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

This breed is so closely related to the other types that comprise the Bully breed group, please see the history section of the article about Bully breeds...

Welsh Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size: Medium 15-35 lb Energy Level: High Energy
Grooming: A Couple Times a Week LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Moderate Effort Required

 

The most commonly held belief is that the Welsh Terrier is the oldest native breed of dog in Britain according to the research of Julian Calder and Alastair Bruce for their book, 'The Old...

West Highland White Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Small 8-15 lb
Medium 15-35 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming:
A Couple Times a Week
Professional Grooming May Be Required
LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Difficult to Train

 

The West Highland White Terrier is one of the youngest Terrier breeds, and more of its ancestry is known than most other members of the family.  The Terriers are a group of breeds and lan...

Wire Fox Terrier

BREED BASICS
Size:
Small 8-15 lb
Medium 15-35 lb
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Grooming: Professional Grooming May Be Required LifeSpan: 12 to 15 Years
Protective Ability: Good Watchdog Trainability: Very Easy To Train

 

British author Gilpin wrote of a Hampshire squire in the 1600s who kept hounds, Spaniels, and Terriers that were clearly part of a country gentleman's sporting group in that century....