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Amazing Terrier Dog Breeds

Updated on May 24, 2016

The Bedington Terrier

By David Owsiany
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The Bedlington Terrier is a bold and athletic dog. They are very loving and affectionate. They are very fond of their family. They like an occasional chance to cuddle. The Bedlington Terrier will weigh 17 to 23 pounds and be 15 to 17 inches tall. They resemble a muscular lamb with a thick curly coat

They will not be friendly to strangers at first. They are very protective and will bark at strangers. When the Bedlington Terrier is in the yard, they will dig, chase squirrels and anything else they can find to chase. When they are in the house, they are calm and relaxed but hey do need daily walks. The Bedlington Terrier can live to be 18 years old. They need special grooming. The Bedlington Terrier will need to be trimmed every six weeks. Brush them daily and check their ears. They will shed very little.

They are from the mining area of Northumberland County, England. They were used in the mines to catch rats. They were later crossed with the Whippet so the Bedlington Terrier would be athletic and fast.

The Bull Terrier Breed

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The Bulldogs and Terriers were crossed by some English breeders in the 19th century. They added some other breeds and came up with the Bull Terrier dog. Bull Terriers were great at catching rats, herding livestock and guarding property.

The Bull Terrier dog has a coarse and a shiny coat. They are found in many colors and combinations. Some have white patches. The Bull Terrier dog will weigh 45 to 65 pounds and are 12 to 18 inches tall. They are popular for their intelligence, protectiveness, and comical behavior.

They are a very devoted and protective dog. A bull terrier is capable of sensing a threat a mile away. They need to be socialized and trained when they are young.

The Bull Terrier is a high-energy dog. They like to play, and they do not care if it is indoors or outdoors. They love to go with their owner on hikes and jogging.

They can not be left alone very long as they will become depressed and get very destructive. They like attention and lots of loving.

They do not need a lot of exercise and will make good apartment dogs. They will have to have daily walks. They must be kept on a leash.

The Irish Terrier

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It is thought the Irish Terrier dog is one of the oldest terrier breeds. The Irish Terrier dog was used to herd sheep in their native country. They were also used to guard property, hunt game and as a companion. For hundreds of years, they were prized for their protectiveness, intelligence and behavior. Their coat will re red or light brown, and it is thick and curly. Their tails are often docked. They weigh 23 to 30 pounds and are 15 to 19 inches tall.

They are active dogs and love to play in the yard. They also like to play in the house. They are full of love and form very strong bonds. They are very courageous and protective. They are not large dogs, but they do make good watchdogs. They will be your friend for life if they get a lot of attention. They do need to be socialized and trained.

They will need a lot of exercise so they can stay happy and healthy. They love to explore, and they must always be kept on a leash.

They do not shed a lot.but they will need regular brushing and several trips to the groomer during the year

The American Hairless Terrier

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The American Hairless Terrier weighs 6 to 10 pounds and is 10 to 18 inches. Their skin will be almost any color. They usually have pinkish skin with gray, black, red or gold spots. They have noses that are black, and their ears stand up. The can live to be 16 years old. They must have a sweater in the winter and in the summer they must be protected from the sun.

They will need about 30 minutes of exercise every day. They like apartment living as long as they get exercise and play time.

The Australian Terrier

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These dogs are loving, determined and strong. They love to please their owners. They have a working nature, so they are great on ranches and farms. They have great hearing and eyesight. They make great watchdogs.

They will weigh 9 to 14 pounds and are 9 to 11 inches. They are a small working terrier. Their coat is coarse and is usually sand, blue, tan and red color and will need to be brushed once a week. Their tails are usually docked. They can live to be 15 years old. The hair around their ears and eyes will need to be trimmed. Do not give them a bath unless they really need it.

The Australian Terrier is probably a combination of the Yorkie, Cairn, and Skye terriers. They are hard workers. They were used for guarding, herding and pest control on Outback farms and ranches. They are great dogs for elderly people. They are good as city dogs.

The Cesky Terrier

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It is believed the Cesky Terrier was developed by using the Scottish terrier, Sealyham, and Dandie Dinmont Terrier. They were developed by a Czechoslovakian, who wanted to develop a dog that had a narrow body so they would be able to get foxes and rats in their dens and burrows. In the late 1980s, the Cesky Terrier was crossed with the Sealyham Terrier. They did not come to the United States until 1987. They are said to be a rare breed. It was thought by some in 1972 that there were only 150 Cesky Terriers in the United States.

The Cesky Terrier was first used for tracking, hunting, guard dog and watchdog. Sometimes the Cesky Terrier is called the Bohemian Terrier. The Cesky Terrier has a mustache and beard. They usually have a black nose but they can be liver color. The Cesky Terrier is born black, but their coat will turn to gray shades by the time they reach 3 years old.

The Cesky Terrier is a great companion because they are loyal, patient and obedient. They love sports even though they are calm. They are great with children because they are playful but gentle. They are also good with other pets. They must be socialized and trained when they are young.

They are very healthy dogs, but they can develop Scottie Cramp Syndrome. This problem can cause young dogs to walk in a strange way

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a recent breed. They were developed near the border of England and Scotland in the United Kingdom. The otters and badgers were causing problems so the Dandie Dinmont terrier was developed to help solve the problem. They are very expensive and rare dogs. Sir Walter Scott wrote a novel “Guy Manning” and the Dandie Dinmont terrier is named after the farmer in the novel.

You will find the Dandie Dinmont terrier in 2 colors which are mustard and pepper. The mustard is the most popular and can be in shades of fawn to reddish brown. The Dandie Dinmont terrier will weigh 20 pounds and be 10 inches tall, which makes it a small dog. The have 2 operate coats and will shed very little. They make good pets for some people with allergies. They need a trim every 4 months and to be brushed twice a week.

Most Dandie Dinmont Terriers are usually friendly dogs. Sometimes the males will be aggressive with other animals, but they will usually still be friendly to humans. The females sometimes have very short tempers. Many people still think of them as great children s dogs because they are so active and playful. They are very independent and intelligent. They still have strong hunting instincts and they will chase small creatures like squirrels and chipmunks.

They are said to be very healthy dogs. They rarely get sick. They sometimes get glaucoma and epilepsy.

The German Hunt Terrier

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The German Hunt Terrier will usually weigh 22 pounds and be 16 inches tall. Their chest is narrow, so they can get in animal dens. Some German Hunt terriers have docked tails. They have a coat that can be smooth or rough.

The German Hunt terrier is a very loyal and devoted dog. They make great pets for families with children. They are very intelligent and want to be kept busy. They were developed to be working dogs. They are very alert and active. They are friendly with strangers, so they are not good watchdogs. They will need a lot of exercise. They enjoy playing games with their family. The German Hunt terrier must be socialized and trained when they are young.

They are also called the German Jag. They have existed for over a century. They were developed in Germany in the 20th century to be hunting dogs. In later years, these dogs came to North America, Sportsmen used the German Hunt terrier to dig into burrows for prey.

The Lackland Terrier

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The Lakeland Terrier dog is a native of England. The Lakeland Terrier dog was originally used to protect sheep from foxes. They also hunted rats in the mountains. They are very loyal and brave dogs

The Lakeland Terrier dog has a wiry coat. They are usually solid colors like black, blue, liver, wheaten and red. Some of them will have a saddle mark on their back. Their wiry coats will need regular grooming and trimming.

The Lakeland Terrier is a very active dog that loves to play, swim, run and dig when they are outside. They can be independent and very stubborn, but despite this they are usually eager to please. They will get along with other dogs, but should be kept on a leash when they are outside. The Lakeland Terrier dog will do well in apartment living, but they will need a walk every day. They also love to run in fenced areas.

The Rat Terrier

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The Rat Terrier is a great dog for active people. The Rat Terrier is very active, but they also love to cuddle. The Rat Terrier is considered a small dog. They can be born with long or short tails. Their coat is thick and medium long. They can be yellow, black, red, black and tan, blue and white and black and tan and white.

America is where the Rat Terrier originated. They are a cross between European Terriers and the Fox Terrier. The Bull Terrier and Manchester Terrier were also used. They were developed in 1910 to stop the rabbit epidemic. The Rat Terrier was not fast enough so they added the Whippet, Italian Greyhound and smooth Fox Terrier.

The Rat Terrior is a great companion dog. They have no problem learning because they are smart and want to learn. They are high energy dogs and need to be walked every day on a leash. They love to go hiking and jogging. They are great with children. They can be protective but they will get along with strangers. They do make good apartment dogs if they get plenty of exercise.

Silky Terrier

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Breeders in Australia wanted to improve the Australian Terrier's blue and tan color so they bred them to Yorkshire Terriers in the early 1900s. The result was the beautiful Silky Terrier dog.

The Silky Terrier dog is a toy sized dog. They will weigh 8 to 11 pounds and be 9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder. Their coat is long and silky. Their coat will be blue and tan or blue and red usually. They do come in other colors. They often have docked tails.

The Silky Terrier dog may be small, but they are not lap dogs. They are an independent little dog. They are very loving, friendly and will bond with everyone in their family. They do not play favorites. They are a very fearless little dog and do not realize their small size. They are extremely protective of their family. They will bark a lot and make very good watch dogs.

They get along great with children. They do not like to play rough. They can be stubborn, and they want what they want when they want it. Then need a lot of attention. The need to be socialized and trained when they are young. They need to go for daily walks to keep them happy.

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The Wire Fox Terrier dog belongs to the terrier group. They will weigh 15 to 19 pounds and be 16 inches tall. Most of their body is white. They should not have red, liver or brindle markings.

They are very active and happy dogs. They love to run and play. They are perfect dogs for children. They want to be the boss and this sometimes does not go well with other pets. They love to dig and bark. They make good watchdogs.The Wire Fox Terrier dog is one of the oldest terrier breeds. They were developed to dig into burrows to get out foxes and other small critters.

They will need regular brushing. Twice a year the old dead hair must be removed. They must be taken for long walks daily. They also need a fenced area to run in. They must be trained and socialized when they are still very young.


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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Been here before but enjoy looking at these pups...and I wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

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      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks for your comment. They are good dogs. I have only had 1 dog live to b 17 and it was a coyote German Shepherd cross.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had a rat terrier growing up. My parents got her for me when I was five, and she lived seventeen years. What a great dog that was. :) Thanks for the memories.

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks pstraubied8 Terriers are great little dogs.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Beautiful photos...what an amazing collection of precious creatures...makes me wish I could have one of each....

      Angels are on the way to you this early morning, before dawn :D ps

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks for your comment. There are so many different dog breeds. Many I have never heard of.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good hub. I've learned about a couple of breeds I've never heard of before. Cool.

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks for comment. I love dogs also. Have always had German Shepherds except for last 10 years. Got a great Cairn Terrier and Silky Terrier. Beagles are amazing dogs also.

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      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I enjoyed your hub as I love dogs, but did not know much about Terriers. They sure are cute, but I have 2 13 inch beagles that keep me busy.

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks for reading the article. I had one named Harley. He was a rescue dog. You are right about fear as he went after an opossum one night. He did not get hurt but it got out of the yard in a hurry. He was a rescue dog that had been abused but he turned out to be a great dog. He was loving and fearless.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      We've got a Cairn Terrier with the name 'Barney' who's a great family dog. One thing to realize with the Cairn terrier is they don't know the meaning of the word 'fear'.

      They are lots of fun.


    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for comment. Glad you liked it. thanks again.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm a dog lover through and through. These terriers are magnificent. I'd especially grab the dandi dinmont in a heart-beat. Wonderful information with great photos. Sharing this.

      Thanks for the follow.


    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting.

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      2 years ago

      Very informative!

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Terriers are great dogs. I had a Carin terrier that passed away. I now have a Silky terrier. Remember some breeds shed more than others.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have heard Terriers are the dog to have.

      I want an inside dog. This was really well done and interesting!



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