Dog Breeds, The Terrier Group.

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The Terrier Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. Terriers also tend to be smaller than the average dog, which is appealing to people with families and smaller living quarters. Developed specially to go to ground and burrow in the earth to chase and catch vermin like rats, foxes, badgers, weasels, and otters, the Terrier was selectively bred for centuries to be a determined and tenacious dog. Terriers are also more difficult to train than the average dog, and aren't normally recommended for first-time dog owners.

Some of the Terriers have distinctive double coats, consisting of soft undercoats and wiry jackets that need special grooming. Many are plucked or stripped by hand, which is a time-consuming process that gives them a unique appearance.

Terrier Group Breeds

15 to 50 pounds:
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Terrier (Colored, White)
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier (Standard)
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
50 to 80 pounds:
  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier