The Terrier group includes a wide range of different breeds of dogs of all shapes and sizes, both small and large. If you have decided to take a terrier, there are plenty of options to choose from. While Terriers, as a whole, tend to share some common traits, such as intelligence, a strong drive to hunt, tenacity and a lot of energy, there are many differences between the different breeds.
In this article we will examine some of the most common and popular Terrier breeds, with their main characteristics, which will allow you to choose the perfect pet. Read on for more information.
Jack Russell is perhaps the best-known Terrier breed, since in addition to being quite small as a breed, it is also very versatile and easy to adapt to smaller houses. However, just because Jack Russell is small in size, he has a great personality and a domineering, sometimes undisciplined attitude, if not handled properly.
The Border Terrier is another very small breed, although larger than the Jack Russel. They are dogs with a very thick coat and generally tending to beige, which can also have different shades. They are lively, affectionate and playful dogs, not inclined to have a dominant position, as in the case of Jack Russell – although they do not miss the opportunity to become one, if there is a chance!
The Patterdale Terrier is native to the north of England, and although it is not a very well known or widespread breed, they are enthusiastically bred by breeders who want to raise their name. Since the breed has not yet been formally recognized by the Kennel Club, many varieties can be found in terms of its appearance.
Generally, however, this breed generally grows to a maximum of about 30 cm at the withers and has straight, or rough, black hair. From a personality point of view, they have all the main characteristics of the terrier: a drive for hunting, a lot of energy, and excellent intelligence even for work. They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to be happy!
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier is a very common breed among people of all ages, from pensioners to families with children. It is a very versatile dog, capable of adapting in all homes, requiring a moderate amount of exercise, company, and entertainment. They can be very shy or nervous around strangers, but it takes little time to soften them up, and they can form very strong bonds with families and their owners.
While the Westie, the name by which he is known, is a typical walking dog, yet he is also very gritty, energetic and very lively.
The Airedale Terrier is one of the largest Terrier breeds and for this reason many people do not realize its equality with the smaller breeds – as many people think that Terriers are all small. The Airedale was originally bred for its stamina at work and hunting, tasks that require a lot of energy so it can run all day without tiring.
While today it is a practically domestic breed, Airedale is very intelligent, lively, needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation, as well as long walks in company. They are extremely affectionate and affectionate dogs with their families and welcoming even with strangers, especially if they see the possibility of playing together.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Lastly, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of the most common and well-known dog breeds in Italy, but despite its name, many people forget they are terriers. They are dogs of mediocre size, very strong and muscular, with little body fat and very dense hair.