From the Latin word "terra" meaning "earth," terrier breeds were originally bred for their ability to hunt rodents and vermin, including rats, weasels, rabbits, and even foxes, and to pursue their prey underground into burrows.
While the dogs would dig up these underground dens, they would also bark loudly and force the inhabitants out where the hunters could capture them. With this single-minded concentration and dedication to chasing their prey, terrier dog breeds are often described as being intelligent, fearless, and bold dogs with bustling amounts of energy.
According to the American Kennel Club, there are 30 different types of terriers that are categorized within the overall terrier grouping. Terrier dogs range in size from the fairly small Cairn Terrier and West Highland White Terrier to the large Airedale Terrier, which is known as the "king of the terriers." With four different subsections within the group according to working functions, the types of terriers include the working terriers, hunt terriers, toy terriers, and the bull type terriers.
|Bull Terrier||Terrier Dog Breeds||Medium Dog Breeds||White Dog Breeds||
Best described as a three-year-old toddler dressed in a dog suit, the Bull Terrier is well-known for being an exceedingly friendly breed with a playful and clownish disposition. As popular sporting dogs in obedience, agility, and show ring competi
|American Staffordshire Terrier||Terrier Dog Breeds||Medium Dog Breeds||White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds||
The Staffordshire Terrier is strong, courageous and intelligent. A stocky body and strong head is its most prominent features. Agile and obedient, this dog breed is well-suited for tracking and conformation. It is a hard working dog and thrives on
|Airedale Terrier||Terrier Dog Breeds||Medium Dog Breeds||White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds||
The Airedale Terrier is the largest dog of the Terrier breeds and has been called "King of Terriers." The breed is thought to have been developed in the Valley of Aire, England. It may have descended from a black and tan terrier that is now extinc
|Miniature Schnauzer||Terrier Dog Breeds||Small Dog Breeds||
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small breed of dog that packs a big punch. They are full of personality and spunk which can often lead to them being mislabeled as a mischievous breed. In reality, they are highly intelligent and can be easily trained
|Staffordshire Bull Terrier||Terrier Dog Breeds||Medium Dog Breeds||White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds||
The Strattfordshire Bull Terrier is very strong for its size. Active and agile, its primary use is as a loyal family companion. For show, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier competes in obedience and agility rings. This breed draws its strength and ten
|Rat Terrier||Terrier Dog Breeds||Small Dog Breeds||White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds||
An American breed, the Rat Terrier was creat
|Cairn Terrier||Terrier Dog Breeds||Small Dog Breeds||Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds||
The Cairn Terrier is a small but hardy working dog originally bred to help Scottish farmers get rid or pests on the property. The breed is most recognized as playing the role of Toto in The Wizard of Oz. The Breed was first developed in the Scotti