Terrier Dog Breeds
Terriers are a specific group and type of dog that were originally bred to dig and hunt for prey like foxes, moles, badgers, and rats. Their name originates in the Latin word ‘terra’ and means ‘earth’ – although some people joke that the word terrier actually comes from the word terror!
There are many sizes and shapes of breeds in the terrier group but there’s one thing which is that feisty, mischievous personality and an energetic nature. Terriers are highly intelligent and trainable, for people with patience and a great sense of humour.
To make it easier for you to find your perfect terrier, we have put together a comprehensive list together of the most popular terrier dog breeds in Australia.
You will find comprehensive information about each terrier dog breed and can learn more about their history, characteristics, temperament, common conditions and lots of other interesting facts.
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The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds. The breed is tall and sturdy with a muscular body and covered in a thick, course coat of fur.
American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffy, American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaff is a very muscular and energetic medium-sized breed of domesticated dog with a short silky coat and a highly loyal and courageous temperament.
The Australian Terrier (a.k.a. “Aussie”) is one of the smallest terrier breeds. It is sturdy, short-legged and has a long head with triangular, erect ears
and dark brown eyes.
The Border Terrier is a small powerful, fearless dog that loves to hunt and dig. He is a good natured, high energy, intelligent and loyal.
The Boston Terrier is an American breed of domesticated dog, small to medium-sized with a muscular and heavy-set appearance similar to the English terrier breeds.
The Bull Terrier is a stout and muscular dog, stubborn and independent in nature and very loyal to its owner.
The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest Terrier breeds. This little terrier is originally from the Scottish Islands where it was originally used as a working dog.
The Fox Terrier is a small sized dog that comes in two varieties: Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier.
The Irish Terrier is a medium-sized dog and one of the oldest breeds of terrier. This handsome bearded dog is active and adaptable, suitable for life both in the country and in the city.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell is a small and spirited domesticated dog of the terrier family. Compact, muscular and very energetic, Jack Russells are known as the small dog with the big attitude.
Miniature Bull Terrier
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a small and stocky but very strong little dog. Selectively bred from smaller examples of the full-sized Bull Terrier, the Miniature version is almost identical in its appearance and its temperament.
Miniature Fox Terrier
The Miniature Fox Terrier, also known as the Mini Foxie and Toy Fox Terrier, is a small sized dog that was originally bred for hunting game and vermin.
The Pit Bull Terrier is a strong, loyal and energetic medium-sized domesticated dog with short hair and a stout, muscular profile.
The Scottish Terrier is a small and sturdy breed of domesticated dog. High-spirited, fiercely independent, determined and very playful, the Scottish Terrier was developed from a number of the old highland terrier breeds several hundred years ago.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (simply referred to as “Wheaten Terrier” or “Wheaten”) is a medium-sized breed with a distinctive silky coat.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as an English Staffy, is an English terrier. Breeders originally the English Staffy from the English Bulldog and a number of Old English Terrier breeds resulting in a very muscular, tenacious and loyal animal.
The Welsh Terrier (a.k.a. Welshie) is a small-medium dog similar in appearance to the Airedale Terrier and some claim it is the oldest breed native to the UK in existence today.
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier (known affectionately as the Westie) is a small dog breed originating in Scotland, bred to hunt small rodents.
The Yorkshire Terrier (a.k.a. “Yorkie”) is a small, toy-sized dog known for its long, silky, straight coat and named after its place of origin in Yorkshire, northern England.