Types Of Terrier Dog Breeds
Terriers were originally bred to hunt foxes and rabbits and vermin, including rodents. Most members of this breed, with a few exceptions, originated in Britain. They are energetic and have feisty personalities. They can be territorial and defensive, but except for the tiny breeds like Yorkies, are generally good with children.
The only concern can be that because they are so playful and full of energy, a larger breed of Terrier could accidentally harm a smaller child while playing.
Their size ranges greatly, from the tiny Yorkie, discussed in the toy breeds, to the Airedale Terrier, which weighs 50 to 100 pounds. There are also Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, soft-coated Wheaten Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Bull Terriers, and many others.
Here are the characteristics of some of the more popular breeds of Terrier:
Airedale Terriers were originally bred to hunt Otters and they love the water.
Grooming: Airedales have hard, wiry coats that should be kept trimmed.
Exercise: They are very energetic and need a lot of exercise, or they may become destructive and hyperactive.
Small children: Some Airedales can be aggressive; they were originally bred to hunt. They also are playful and have a lot of energy, so they could unintentionally hurt a small child if left alone with it.
Aggressiveness: See above. They can make good watchdogs.
Bull Terriers are medium sized but extremely solid and muscular. They can easily weigh up to 70 pounds.
Grooming: Minimal. They have short smooth coats.
Exercise: They are very energetic and need a lot of exercise.
Small children: Bull Terriers, despite their fierce appearance, have a good temperament and are good with children.
Aggressiveness: They are generally friendly and good nature.
Irish Terriers are handsome little dogs who generally weigh about 25 pounds.
Grooming: They have a dense and wiry coat which requires occasional trimming.
Exercise: They need a medium amount of exercise. They will not be happy if always cooped up.
Small children: They are very good with small children.
Aggressiveness: Not overly aggressive; sometimes territorial with other dogs.
JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS
Jack Russell Terriers are merry, humorous little dogs who generally weigh about 13-17 pounds.
Grooming: They have a short, wiry coat that does not require much care.
Exercise: They are very energetic and prefer a lot of exercise.
Small children: Opinions on this vary. Jack Russell Terriers can be nippy and can get irritated with children who play too roughly and don’t respect their boundaries.
Aggressiveness: They are generally friendly and affectionate but very loyal to their owners and families – possibly to the point of being territorial.
Wheaten Terriers are handsome, playful, medium-sized dogs who originated in Ireland and weigh around 35 pounds.
Grooming: Regular brushing and trimming is needed.
Exercise: They need a lot of exercise, walking and attention.
Small children: Wheatens love children, but may be rough with them because they are so playful.
Aggressiveness: Wheatens are generally friendly and not overly nervous or aggressive.
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