Top 8 Terrier Dog Breeds

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When it comes to personality, terriers have more than enough to go around. These feisty pups will always try to take charge of a situation and rarely back down. There are many types of terriers. As a whole, they make up the Terrier Group that is recognized by the American Kennel Club. From miniature all the way to extra large, terriers were originally bred to hunt and guard their families. They have a stubborn streak and can be a lot to handle, but terrier owners know that these pups are a doggone joy to have around. Keep reading to find out the top terrier breeds. 

#1 West Highland White Terrier

Westies have a pedigree that reaches back to the beautiful country of Scotland. Even though they sit low to the ground, these white coated beauties command the attention of the entire room. No doubt about it, Westies are independent creatures that love to explore their surroundings, and live for playing with their people. 

#2 Jack Russell Terrier

When you think of the Jack Russell Terrier, pawbably one word comes to mind- energy. No bones about it, Jack Russells are spirited little pups that need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Since they can be a bit of a handful, they are better suited for more experienced dog owners.

#3 Airedale Terrier

As the largest terrier, Airedales definitely make their presence known. Their brown and black curly coats and trademark beards are easy to recognize. Airedales are incredibly intelligent and have been used as military, police, and guard dogs. They absolutely love their people. You won’t find a more loyal friend than an Airedale!

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#4 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Hailing from Ireland, Wheatens were once Jack of all trades used for herding, hunting, and guarding livestock. Nowadays, you can find them living it up with their two legged families. These happy pups are social and make woofderful companion pets. Plus, their coats are great for those with dog allergies. 

#5 Scottish Terrier

Once you’ve earned the trust of a Scottie dog, they will follow you to the ends of the earth. This breed is close to the ground and can be on the feisty side. Their loyalty earned them a spot in the White House. Two American presidents have had a Scottish Terrier. That’s woofin’ impressive!

#6 American Staffordshire Terrier

These pups get a lot of bad press. But if bred carefully and socialized at an early age, they can be pawsome family pets. AmStaffs have sturdy frames and muscular builds, but are just as much brain as they are brawn. Highly intelligent, this breed needs plenty of mental stimulation. 

#7 Bull Terrier

What do you get when you cross a Bulldog with a Terrier? A Bull Terrier, of course! These pups can stop traffic with their unique looks. Not only are they handsome pups, they are highly intelligent and a bit mischievous. Bull Terriers are athletic and need plenty of daily exercise to keep them out of trouble. 

#8 Rat Terrier

As you may have guessed from their name, these pups were once the dog of choice when it came to rat extermination. This breed is adorable, but can easily get themselves into trouble. To keep their mischief at bay, these pupsters need an abundance of exercise and play time.