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                                                      Top Ten Terrier Dog Breeds
                                                             By Mark Ransome



    The Terrier Group includes those small but lively terrier breeds that were developed (mainly in
Great Britain) to hunt small burrowing animals such as badgers, foxes, otters, rabbits and rats. The
terrier often had to follow the prey underground and therefore, except for the Bull and Airedale Terriers,
most terriers are small and stocky with short legs. These are feisty and energetic dogs that have little
tolerance for other animals including other dogs. Of course these small dog breeds have been
domesticated and make good pets but they are still fairly active and require firm handling. Many breeds
like the Airedale, Bull, Fox and the Parson (Jack) Russell Terriers do best with experienced owners.
The top 10 most popular terrier breeds in the US according to the American Kennel Club 2005
registrations are discussed below and their registration rank is included in brackets. It is interesting to
note that the top six most popular terriers are all low-shedding dog breeds that are said to be
hypoallergenic when properly groomed.

1. Miniature Schnauzer

Minis (#10) are lively, pleasant and playful with expressive personalities. These loyal and devoted
small dogs want to be totally involved in all family activities and love to go for walks. Most Minis are
good with children but are a little too small to be a toddler's pet. They will generally get along fine with
other family pets although they are terriers and can be feisty toward other dogs. Early socialization and
obedience training will help with controlling excessive barking and a reluctance to walk on leash. This
breed can be taught fairly easily and can even excel at advanced obedience competitions.

2. West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White (#32) is cheerful, bold, assertive, courageous, inquisitive and has a great
deal of personality. This small white dog needs to get involved in everything that is happening in the
home. The Westie is easier to handle and friendlier than many other terriers but still needs his daily
walks and play sessions. Westies will try and dominate dogs of the same sex but otherwise get along
better with other dogs and cats than most terriers. The Westie still has its hunting prey drive and
shouldn't be let off leash except in a fenced enclosed area. The Westie is very possessive of its toys
and food and doesn't like to be handled by young children.

3. Scottish Terrier

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The Scottie (#40) is a small dog breed with a jaunty and distinctive appearance. The Scottie is brave,
alert, proud, confident, loyal and dignified. While friendly and playful as puppies, the mature Scottish
Terrier can be stubborn at times. Therefore it is important to start socializing and obedience training the
Scottie while it is a puppy and continue through adolescence. Scotties love to play, so make sure you
add play and rewards to your training. The Scottish Terrier does best with older children.

4. Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier (#41) is one of the smallest of the working terrier dog breeds. These terriers are bold,
spirited and inquisitive but are also somewhat independent-minded. The Cairn is intelligent,
affectionate and eager to please its master. This breed is easily trained and likes to do tricks although
they may be the tricks that he - not you - wants to do. Cairns do well with older children and love to
play games. These Terriers demand lots of attention but will provide you with hours of entertainment in
return.

5. Airedale Terrier

The medium-sized Airedale Terrier (#52) is larger than most Terriers and has an even temperament
and sweet disposition, although some Airedales can get into fights with other dogs. This terrier is
dignified, patient, loyal and intelligent and makes a great companion dog that loves to play with
children. The Airedale should be supervised with young children as it may be too boisterous for them.
Airedales can be trained to a high level as anything from a guard dog or watchdog to a seeing-eye dog.
Airedale puppies are playful and exuberant and obedience training should be started early and
re-enforced through adulthood by a knowledgeable owner.

6. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Wheaten Terrier (#59) is cheerful, active, busy, playful and affectionate. The Wheaten is
independent and self confident but also fairly intelligent and eager to learn. Wheaten puppies should
be socialized early with children, other dogs and strangers. The breed is fairly easy to train if you can
get their attention. Wheatens get along fine with older children but can be too playful and assertive with
young children. Wheatens are much more sociable than most terriers but will still need obedience
training to control their active and assertive nature.

7. Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier (#62) or 'Bullie' is a lively and powerful dog. Bull Terriers are fearless, assertive,
comical and mischievous. This large breed is loyal, affectionate and loving and can make a good family
pet. Bullies are probably too exuberant for small children but will do fine with considerate older
children. Bull Terriers need lots of attention and may not be the best choice for the city unless they are
involved in lots of family activities. These dogs can be quite strong willed and are difficult to train. The
breed needs early socialization when they are puppies and on-going obedience training. Male Bullies,
especially those which haven't been neutered, can be extremely aggressive with other male dogs and
even other pets.

8. American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire (#63) is usually calm and friendly with an air of self confidence; this
powerful medium-sized breed is active, playful, affectionate and relatively easy to train. The Am Staff

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loves playing with older children but is too boisterous for young children. However this dog is fearless
and is not to be trusted around cats or other dogs. The Am Staff has powerful jaws and will destroy any
toys you give it to chew. This breed needs early socialization to other dogs and strangers and on-going
obedience training. The Am Staff is the largest of the three breeds generally referred to as Pit Bulls.
The other two are the American Pit Bull Terrier which is not registered with the American Kennel Club
(AKC) and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier which is registered with the AKC. In the past, these breeds
were all bred to be fighting dogs. Now that this activity is illegal, these pit bull breeds have an
undeserved reputation for fighting. This is a dog for an experienced owner and prospective buyers
should also check their local area bylaws and also their household insurance to see if there is any
restriction on this breed of dog.

9. Parson Russell Terrier

The small-sized Jack Russell Terrier (#72) is known as the Parson Russell Terrier in the U.S. The
Parson (Jack) Russell is the most energetic, fearless and athletic of all the terrier dog breeds. The
Parson Russell demands full participation in the family activities with lots of physical and mental
challenges. If the Jack Russell gets too little exercise and companionship, then this cheerful little dog
will get bored and become destructive. The Parson Russell can be very aggressive towards strange
dogs and even other family dogs. The Parson (Jack) Russell needs a lot of early socialization while a
puppy and adolescent to curb aggressive behavior. These strong-willed Terriers need lots of early and
on-going obedience training to ensure the owner and not the dog is in charge. The Parson Russell gets
along well with older children - especially those that will play ball or Frisbee with him.

10. White Fox Terrier

The small-sized Wire Fox Terriers (#76) are one of the liveliest and most energetic of all the terrier
breeds. The two varieties, the Wire haired and the Smooth, differ only in coat type. These Terriers are
very intelligent, curious, cheerful and love their families. The breed has so much energy that it will play
and chase a ball or Frisbee for hours on end. Fox Terriers make great playmates for older children but
still retain their hunting instincts and shouldn't be left alone with small pets. These Terriers should be
kept on their leashes when being walked. The breed has a stubborn streak and socialization and
training should be started when they are puppies and continued into adulthood.

Mark Ransome is a contributing editor and writer for the popular new website
http://www.dog-breed-facts.com. Visitors will have access to information about dog breeds, products
like dog supplies and answers to dog health issues.




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            The Beginning Of The Yorkshire Terrier In England And The United States
                                             By Connie Limon



 If you are looking for a tiny dog with the spirit of a much bigger terrier, the Yorkshire Terrier most
certainly fits this description. Despite the Yorkshire Terrier's tiny size of just a few pounds, this dog is
lively and thinks of himself as much larger than he is.

The Yorkie's background goes back to the 18th century. During this time of the Industrial Revolution in
England, many Scotsmen left their country for the south. They looked for work in the mills in England.
They brought their families and also their dogs. The dogs they brought to England during this period
were Skye Terriers, Paisley Terriers and Clydesdale Terriers. The dogs ranged weight of 6 pounds to
nearly 20 pounds. All of these dogs were heavily coated. Some of them had a silky texture. All of them
carried blue-tan or gray coat colors.

One of the most common breeds in Yorkshire, England at the time was the Waterside Terrier. The
Waterside Terrier was a blue-gray dog with a long coat. The size of this dog was between 6 and 20
pounds. It was a combination of the Skye Terrier, Paisley Terrier and Clydesdale Terrier and formed
the present-day Yorkshire Terrier. This Yorkshire Terrier of today has a long, beautiful coat with silky
steel blue and tan colors. The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest dogs in the world and one of the
most popular toy breeds.

Weavers who worked in the mills liked the Yorkshire Terriers because of their ability to kill rats as
quickly as a terrier, but was small enough to carry in their pockets when they went to rat-killing
competitions. The weavers desired a small size of the breed, but also ones with the toughness and
intelligence of the terrier. This may account for the attitude much bigger than the actual size a
Yorkshire Terrier still possesses today.

Yorkies were being shown in England by the early 1850s. The weight fell between 5 and 18 pounds.
The classes they were shown in were: Broken-haired Scotch, Scotch Terriers, Blue and Fawn Terriers
or Yorkshire Terriers. At the time the English divided the approved breeds at the time into two groups:
The Sporting Group and the Non-Sporting Group. The Yorkshire breed was placed in the Non-Sporting
Group. However, the dogs were still shown in the various classes of Scotch Terriers, Blue and Fawn
Terriers among whatever other classes the dog seemed to fit into. The English Kennel Club recognized
the breed as the Yorkshire Terrier and placed it in the Toy Group by 1886. The Yorkshire Terrier Club
of England was formed in 1898. The Yorkie still reigns in the top ten breeds in popularity in Britain.

The breed became quickly known in England and had numerous supporters. The "Father of the
Yorkshire Terrier" was a dog owned by J. Forster and bred by Mr. Eastwood of Huddersfield. The dog's
name was Huddersfield Ben. Huddersfield Ben sired numerous champions for other kennels.

The first Yorkie whelped in the United States was in 1872. American shows began in 1887. The breed
classes were divided by weight: under 5 pounds and over 5 pounds. Eventually it was decided to have
one weight class for all Yorkies with weight between 3 and 7 pounds. There were just too few entries of
the larger sizes to have two different classes. The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America was formed in
1951.

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the breed through excellent breeding and outstanding wins. The Yorkshire Terrier places in the top ten
breeds in popularity of the AKC breeds. It also ranks as the number-one Toy Dog in America. The little
Yorkshire Terrier remains a great favorite to many people.

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