8 Most Popular Terrier Breeds

The Terriers are a tenacious group of dogs. They come in all different shapes and sizes and from all over the world. They are loved for their courage, energy and heart. Even the smallest dogs are large in spirit. Terriers are often not recommended for the first time owner, but in the right home they make outstanding active companions. These feisty dogs have won over the hearts of many people and continue to push their way into many more.

#1 – Miniature Schnauzer

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The Schnauzer is originally a working breed from Germany, but the Miniature Schnauzer was created when farmers needed a ratting dog and crossbred the Schnauzer with smaller terrier breeds. This created a dog looks like a Schnauzer but is absolutely terrier in personality. They are friendly and intelligent but alert and spirited.

#2 – West Highland White Terrier

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The West Highland White Terrier is a Scottish breed that is known for its white coat. They are active and independent dogs that enjoy playtime with their owners. They are generally not recommended for families with children or other small animals, but they can be a great companion for the right home.

#3 – Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an Irish breed most known for its single-layer coat, making it a good choice for those with allergies. They were originally all-purpose farm dogs used for herding, hunting and guarding property and livestock. Now they are energetic, playful and social dogs that make great companions for people of all ages.

#4 – Bull Terrier

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The Bull Terrier has a unique heritage. They were created by crossing Bulldogs and Terriers to participate in both vermin control and bloodsports, such as bull- and bear-baiting. Thankfully, these sports are not allowed today and the Bull Terrier has developed into an active, loving and rewarding companion. They are great with children of all ages and do well in active families.

#5 – Airedale Terrier

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The largest of the Terrier breeds, the Airedale is an English breed that was originally used to hunt otters. Because of their courage and loyalty to their owners, they have also been used as military and police dogs as well as guide dogs. They are intelligent and independent, but deeply loyal to their families.

#6 – Scottish Terrier

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The Scottish Terrier has been a favorite breed of many celebrities, including United State’s Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush. They are alert, territorial and feisty dogs, having the traditional Terrier personality. Although stubborn and aloof with many, they are deeply loyal to their families.

#7 – Cairn Terrier

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The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest Terrier breeds, coming from Scotland. They are ratting dogs that are alert, busy and intelligent dogs. They can be difficult to live with for the inexperienced or absent-minded owner, but do very well in active families. They are tenacious little dogs that, although independent, do enjoy spending time with their owners.

#8 – Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a bad reputation because of its past. This breed was originally used for dog fighting, bull baiting and bear baiting. When these sports were banned, they became loving companions. In fact, despite their strength and muscular build, Staffordshire Bull Terriers make one of the best choices of breed for families with children. Often called the “Nanny Dog,” this breed is active, social and fun-loving. They enjoy spending time with people and children of all ages.

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