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The List Of My Favorite Terriers
10. Scottish Terrier
Scotties were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin on farms and to hunt badgers and foxes in the Highlands of Scotland.
Scottish Terriers tend to be aloof with strangers and can be aggressive to other dogs if they are not properly socialized when young. Scotties are not low-energy small dogs. They were bred as working dogs and have lots of drive and intelligence that needs to be channelled.
09. Irish Terrier
An old Irish writer described the Irish Terrier, “as being the poor man’s sentinel, the farmer’s friend, and the gentleman’s favourite…These dogs were originally bred for their working qualities and gameness. The Irish Terrier is hard wired to be a thorough vermin killer.
Irish Terriers can’t be trusted off a leash. Their instinct to chase after anything that moves is strong, and it is nearly impossible to call off a terrier who has given chase. Yards should always be fenced, and your Irish Terrier should be supervised when outdoors, as they have been known to dig under fences in search of adventure.
Irish Terriers are best suited for single-pet households. They can be aggressive toward other dogs and will try to chase and hunt cats or rodents.
08. Smooth Fox Terrier
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a highly energetic dog, and thus not recommended for first time dog owners. As the breed was originally bred to go after small animals they also have a high prey instinct, they are very friendly dogs and don’t mind strangers.
The Smooth Fox Terrier apparently descended from the smooth-coated black-and-tan terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Beagle and the Greyhound. Both the Smooth and the Wire Fox Terrier were bred for their excellence as ratters and as aides to British farmers in eradicating vermin.
07. Mini Bull/Bull Terrier
The Miniature Bull Terrier was developed in England in the early 1800s, descending from the English Bulldog and the now-extinct. The original larger bull terrier was a fighting dog. Breeders created the miniaturized version to use as above-ground ratters (as opposed to “go to ground” terriers, who burrow into the earth in search of quarry).
White English Terrier. This cross produced the Bull and Terrier, which was later shortened to the Bull Terrier.
Miniature Bull Terriers are loving and, like many terrier breeds, they can be stubborn at times; but despite this they make great dogs for people with limited space.
Miniature Bull Terriers are known to be stubborn and courageous. Despite their dimuitive stature, they will readily challenge larger dogs. However, as with any dog, owners can reduce the likelihood of confrontations by providing appropriate training and socialization. They are very energetic and playful and love people, but care must be taken as they are variable around other dogs.
06. Patterdale Terrier
Weight: 11-13lbs but can be up to 30lbs.
The Patterdale Terrier is a descendant of the Fell Terrier, which originated in Northern England hundreds of years ago and was bred to control vermin, according to the United Kennel Club. The tough little terriers were bred to chase vermin out of their dens or stand and fight.
Like other terriers, the dogs are confident, strong-willed, and lively. In some ways they are stubborn, but they can also be very biddable.
These jolly pups have a lot of energy and enjoy playing, running, and fetching. Since they are a working breed, they are good at chasing and searching out toys, balls, and other objects.
Jagdterriers were developed to be all-round hunting dogs. Though often used for quarry that dens underground, especially badger, fox, and raccoon dog, Jagdterriers are also used to drive wild boar and rabbits out of thickets, and to blood track wounded animals, such as deer. Due to their intelligence and adaptability, Jagdterriers can make good pets, but it should be remembered that they are primarily a hunting dog with a strong prey drive.
Jagdterrier may not be the ideal family pet, though these dogs do tend to get along well with children. This dog can be a challenge to keep in the home because of their high energy level – they are more of an outdoor dog and they need a lot of exercise every day.
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