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Most problems associated with terriers can be avoided by careful evaluation when choosing a terrier pup from a litter. You should be able to handle ears, paws, tail without the animal become defensive.   When raising this type of dog, such handling should be part of his day to day experience and will go far to avoid problems during grooming or when vet care is needed.

Adopting an older Terrier dog may require more in the way of patience as it may take considerable time to fully win his trust and loyalty.   Patience will pay off here and result in a pet that is absolutely loyal and dedicated to its owner.

Training should begin immediately and be calm and consistent.  The intelligence of terriers is well documented but it is balanced by his independent nature.  To train a terrier, you must know your dog and his triggers and thereby gain his cooperation.

Training sessions should be frequent and very short – five minutes and then increasing perhaps to 10 minutes is ideal. Terriers are easily bored and easily distracted and positive reinforcement with your voice and treats works well with these breeds.

There are distinct differences between Terrier breeds to be considered when choosing such a pet.  The Bull Terrier, for example, was bred in large part for contents to produce dogs that would be aggressive in destroying prey.  This breed makes a loyal, laid back pet – but only if you choose the dog wisely and check for aggressive traits.

The wildly popular Jack Russell is a personality dog – very loving but opinionated and single minded when there is something he wants.

High energy rat terriers and fox terriers seem to be in constant motion and often react wildly to the slightest event.  These small dogs will be wildly ecstatic when you return after a day of work – and just as ecstatic when you return after a two minute walk to the mailbox.

Of all terrier breeds, perhaps the Miniature Schnauzer is the most family friendly.   The size and temperament of these dogs is conducive to including them in family vacations and even daily trips.   They love attention and are cute enough to get it whenever they want.

In spite of their often frenzied behavior, the terrier group is highly prized as family pets.   They are without fail funny and interesting.   The popularly can be clearly seen in the number of clubs, societies and rescue groups devoted solely to various terrier breeds. 

Perhaps it is the interaction of this group of dogs that contributes to its popularity.   Your terrier may frustrate you and occasionally ignore your commands – but he will never ignore you.  He loves nothing more than interacting with you and his interest in your voice and your activities is evident.

For active people who want a companion, not just a pet, one of the terrier breeds may be perfect for your lifestyle.


Most Commonly Known Terrier Breeds:

Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Fox Terrier, Smooth
Fox Terrier, Wire
Irish Terrier
Jack Russel Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Manchester Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Rat Terrier
Schnauzer, Mini
Scottish Terrier
Skye Terrier
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White (Westie)


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