Terrier Group

Initially bred to help in controlling the vermin population in the UK, Terriers are known for their fiestiness and energy. While typically a small breed of dogs, terriers are none-the-less tough and brave. When considering a dog in the Terrier group as a pet, it is important to recognize that they typically do not get along well with other animals, including other dogs.

Terriers can be further broken down into three categories, based on what they were initially bred for:

Hunting and Working Terriers

Whether bred in Northern England as Fell Terriers to assist in hunting and killing of foxes or in Southern England as Hunt Terriers to locate and either kill or bolt foxes, Terriers are still used widely as hunting dogs.

Toy Terriers

Even though these dogs have been bred 'down' from their larger counterparts, and are usually listed in the Toy or Companion Group, these small scale terriers are not your typical "lap dog". Like the the English Toy Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier, these dogs maintain all the character of their bigger terrier relatives.

Fighting Terriers

Combining the qualities of bulldogs and terriers together in the late 1800s, all but the Boston Terrier are shown in the Terrier Group. While responsible breeding has resulted in family quality pets, the often illegal practice of breeding dogs specifically to fight other dogs is still taking place.

When considering bringing a terrier into the family as a family pet, it is important that you consider the amount of grooming dogs in this group require (most have wiry coats that require a special grooming known as stripping to maintain). You also must have the determination to match the terrier's lively characters.

The following dog breeds are currently in the terrier group. As information on each breed is added, you will find a link to the right for it.

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cesky Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Rat Terrier
  • Russell Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
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