Terriers are feisty, fiery, and highly independent. These traits often make it difficult to train them. They are known to nip at children who have a noisy and undisciplined nature. On the other hand, they are also friendly, loyal, and have a stable temperament. Terriers need to be socialized well as they have a mind of their own. Once they are taught to follow you, dog training becomes a smooth ride. But, if you let the terrier have his way all the time, you are in for some dog behavior problems.
Terriers are the best pet dogs you can get as they tend to be best buddies for life. They are low maintenance dogs that need very little grooming. They are very lively and energetic with a great sense of humor. There are many types of terrier dogs and can be divided as working dogs, hunting dogs, and companion breeds.
This is the 'King of the Terriers', that has a small build with a wiry coat. This dog requires a lot of grooming and is extremely energetic. They need to be occupied with some thing or the other, as they may get really bored. These are good-natured pets that are great with children. The Airedale terrier loves water and going outdoors. They can be easily trained and are intelligent watch dogs.
American Staffordshire Terrier
This dog is muscular, stocky, agile, courageous, loyal, and love to please their masters. Known as the 'all American dog', they are excellent companions for all age groups, when well-trained. They were bred to be fighting dogs; hence, they can become aggressive if not trained to socialize. This dog tends to protect the life of its owner at any cost, even if it requires giving up his own life.
This one is high-spirited, loves to jump and dig, and gets carried away with enthusiasm. Think twice before bringing one home, specially if you have infants. These dogs are short-legged, rugged, have feet like a cat, and are the smallest terrier types, but very brave. They have an alert temperament and are very endearing companions. They are cheeky, and need to be restrained when left out in open spaces, or else they will chase anything and everything that catches their fancy!
Border terriers have longer legs, as compared to other terriers. They have a coarse, spunky coat, short muzzle and short tail. The Border terriers have a loving nature and are mild-mannered. They love their owners and are good pet dogs for children. They need a lot of exercise, if you live in an apartment.
The Boston terrier is an intelligent, gentle, and sweet-natured dog. Boston terriers love people and are very good family dogs. They are easy to train and love to please the owner. They are loyal and dedicated pets that will get along well with people, animals, and even your neighbors. These are indoor pet dogs that need a lot of attention, love, and care.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
This terrier was described by Sir Walter Scott as 'big little dog'. It is intelligent, determined, and tends to be reserved with strangers. It has a dignified attitude and is loving and affectionate. These dogs love human companionship and need grooming about 3 times per week. They do not like being babied and are fun-loving. They are stubborn dogs; thus, obedience training is difficult. They need to be trained to live with other pets or they tend to be aggressive towards them.
Irish terriers are good-natured dogs who love children as play mates. They are good house pets and devoted family dogs. They are also good as guards and will protect the house, especially children, fearlessly. You need to keep them on a leash, when taking them for a walk, as they can be aggressive. You need to socialize them well or else they will end up fighting with every canine they meet. They have a hot-feisty temper and are very adventurous dogs.
The Lakeland terriers have folded ears, an elongated muzzle, with docked tails. They look as if they are standing on their tiptoes. The Lakeland terrier is a confident dog breed that loves to be with children. These dogs bark a lot and dig around. They guard their toys and become aggressive when it comes to sharing. Therefore, do not bring home Lakeland terriers if you have infants and babies at home. They can get along with other dog breeds and should be taught not to chase felines.
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature bull terrier or Bull Terrier Miniature is just a smaller version of bull terrier. They are playful dogs who tend to be obedient. They are fearless dogs with very high energy levels. These terriers become very attached to their owners and are very protective towards them. They do not like to be teased and irritated, so do not opt for them if you have very young children.
The Norwich terrier is similar in looks to its cousin the Norfolk terrier. These are one of the smallest types of terrier dogs that have a wiry and straight coat. These dogs are highly inquisitive and want to know what goes on, why is it going on, and who's going to do it. They want to be a part of everything you do and get along well with other pets and children.
The Scottish terrier also known as the Scottie or Aberdeen terrier is a sturdy and strong dog. It has a compact build and has a sharp expression. It loves to be pampered and is very loyal towards its owner. This alert dog breed tends to be reserved with strangers and aggressive with other dogs.
Smooth Fox Terrier
The smooth fox terrier is a strong, fast, and playful dog. They are impulsive dogs and are known to bite, so you need to be watchful when they are around children. They are very courageous watchdogs and tend to bark a lot. They love to explore and hunt down small birds and animals, when they get a chance.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The loyal Staffordshire bull terrier is a loving family dog that loves to be around children. They are aggressive towards people they do not know. They are difficult to housebreak and Staffordshire bull terrier puppies love to chew around. These terriers are very obedient dogs.
They are cute looking, sweet terriers with wiry coats. They have bushy beard, mustache, and eyebrows. The Welsh terrier is a very friendly dog that is intelligent and playful. They are patient dogs that makes them good pet dogs around children. They do well in an active family, as they are happy and active.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a very expressive face with mustache and eyebrows that add to their expressiveness. They are energetic and affectionate pets that are also tough and quick. They need consistent, firm dog training or else they tend to be pushy and aggressive towards other dogs. They have a very inquisitive nature and make good companions. They are clever family dogs, but may be a little stubborn at times. These are barkers that are good pet dogs for children.
Terriers tend to become very attached to their owners and need a lot of care and attention. These dog breeds need a lot of exercise and activity to keep away boredom. Speak to a pet shop owner and people who already own a terrier breed for some feedback about the breed's temperament and nature. If you decide to buy a terrier as a pet, be sure to give them a proper, consistent training for a lifetime of fun, frolic, and excitement.