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 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.