The Terrier refers to any dog of the Terrier group. These dogs are often quite small with wiry coats. They are also noted as being large dogs in small dog bodies. Even though most Terrier breeds are small dogs, some can be as heavy as 32 kg. Most Terrier breeds were developed in Great Britain and Ireland. They were used in a variety of roles, such as controlling rats and foxes and hunting rabbits. Some Terrier crosses, such as the Bull Terrier, were used in violent dog sports such as bull-baiting and dog fighting. Today, Terriers are popular as house pets.


Intelligent and energetic, the Terrier dogs can be relatively easy to train, but can also display some very stubborn behaviours. Owners require a firm hand if they want to keep their Terrier under control. They are very happy dogs, and love the company of their owners and family. They can be quite snappish with small children and other dogs and so need socialisation. They are utterly without fear and will often challenge other dogs of a much larger size and strength. Terriers tend to make fantastic watchdogs because of their vocal nature and wariness of strangers.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Varies according to the breed.

    Weight: Dogs 6-70 pounds (2-32kg) Bitches 6-70 pounds (2-32kg)

  • Health Problems

    Varied according to the breed.

  • Living Conditions

    Terriers tend to do well indoors and in apartments if they are sufficiently exercised. They are quite active and do best with at least a small yard. They may be better suited to larger households.

  • Exercise

    Possessing a great amount of stamina and energy, all Terriers must have plenty of exercise. This means a daily, brisk walk is a must, or even a daily jog. Plenty of play should also be included.

  • Life Expectancy

    Varies depending on breed. Terriers can live up to 16 years.

  • Litter Size

    Varies depending on breed

  • Grooming

    Varies depending on breed

  • Group

    AKC Terrier

  • Recognition


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