Terriers range greatly in appearance from very small, light bodied, smooth coated to very large rough coated dogs. Today most terriers are kept as companion dogs and family pets, they are generally loyal and affectionate, but can be big characters. The majority of terrier breeds were refined from the older purpose bred dogs, in 18th century Britain, only two types of terrier were recognized, long and short legged.
Today, terriers are usually informally categorized by size or function. Hunting types are still used to find, track or trail quarry, especially underground. The various combinations of Bulldog and terrier that were used for bull-baiting and dog fighting in the late 19th century, were later refined into separate breeds that combined both terrier and bulldog qualities. Breeders have bred modern bull terrier type breeds into suitable family dogs and show terriers.
The Airedale terrier is the largest of the terrier breeds, sturdy and muscular the Airedale is covered in a thick, course, coat of fur.
The American Staffordshire terrier is a muscular, energetic, medium-sized breed of domestic dog, with a short silky coat. Loyal and courageous the American Staffordshire terrier can also lock its jaws onto its quarry.
The Australian terrier is one of the smallest of the terrier breeds, it is sturdy with short legs and a long head. It as dark brown eyes and triangular erect ears.
The border terrier is a small powerful fearless dog, which is good-natured and loyal, It is a courageous dog that loves to hunt and dig.
The Boston terrier is an American breed of domesticated dog, medium-sized with a strong muscular build, its similar in appearance to some English terrier breeds.
The Bull terrier is a muscular, stout dog, naturally stubborn and independent, but always loyal to the owner.
The Cairn terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds, this little terrier was originally a working dog, originating from the Scottish Islands.
The Fox terrier is a small dog, which comes in two varieties, the wire fox (pictured below) terrier and the smooth fox terrier.
The Irish terrier is a medium-sized dog and one of the original terrier breeds, this bearded dog is active and adaptable, at home in the city or in the country.
The Jack Russell terrier is a small and spirited domestic dog, muscular and energetic, a small dog with big attitude. Originating from dogs bred and used by Reverand John Russell in the 19th century, from whom the breed takes its name.
The Miniature Bull terrier is as the name suggests a small dog, selectively bred from smaller examples of the full sized bull terrier, the miniature version as the same appearance and temperament. Although small it is still stocky and very strong.
The Pitbull terrier is a medium size domesticated dog, strong loyal and energetic with short hair and a stout muscular profile. In the 19th century these dogs were bred for bull baiting and dog fighting until it was banned.
The Scottish terrier is a small sturdy breed of domesticated dog, fiercely independent, high-spirited, determined and playful the Scottish terrier was developed from a number of old Highland terrier breeds, several hundred years ago.
The Soft Coated Wheaten terrier is a medium size dog with a distinctly silky coat, the wheaton was bred in Ireland to be an all-purpose farm dog.
The Staffordshire Bull terrier is an English terrier, originally bred from the English Bulldog and a host of other old English terrier breeds. A very muscular, strong, tenacious and loyal dog.
The Welsh terrier is a medium-sized dog similar in appearance to the Airedale terrier, claimed by some to be the oldest breed, native to the UK still in existence today.
The West Highland terrier is a small dog known as the Westie, originating in Scotland, it was bred to hunt small rodents.
The Yorkshire terrier known as the Yorkie, is a small toy size dog, with a long silky straight coat. Named after its place of origin, Yorkshire in the North of England.
Terriers are cute, naughty and full of personality, just some reasons why we love them so much.