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Terriers are valiant and determined dogs. They get their name from their ability to dig in the earth to root out foxes and other prey, all the while barking uproariously to frighten them out into the open.

Due to their origins as hunters, terriers often have a strong predatory instincts and don’t always get along with other animals (including other dogs). Not surprisingly, they’re a feisty group. The most diminutive terriers are prepared to undertake any rival—an important trait while chasing larger prey.

While a few terriers are yappy and have been known to nip at overexcited kids, these are generally compassionate, stable and committed pets. Still, a terrier is always ready for an argument, and many require a firm, disciplined hand.

Breeds in this group include:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier (Standard)
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Parson 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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