Terriers are a large group of dogs that share a lot of similarities in respect to their personality and physical features. The AKC recognizes 31 separate breeds of terriers, most of which can trace their origins to different areas of the United Kingdom, including England and Ireland.
Terriers are great pets and wonderful companions because they are playful, protective and socialize well with kids. They are amazing guard dogs too, and their natural instinct makes them outstanding search dogs. Terriers are very active and love to take part in vigorous activities. These traits have been passed down from generation to generation because they were once used as hunting dogs. This makes them great mouse and rat hunters, which is why their homes are usually free from vermin.
Because of their very high energy level, terriers need to be vigorously exercised, so their energy does not express itself as destructive behavior. If a terrier doesn't have a solid exercise routine, it may end up barking at all hours and destroying clothing and furniture. This energy level is what makes terriers so good at different sporting events. Their energy levels and astounding intelligence makes them easy to train, a trait that adds to their reputation for being great pets.
A Few Fun Facts about Terriers
- Terriers have a lifespan of 12 – 15 years, with some reaching the ripe old age of 18 years!
- Terriers are known as the fastest small dog breeds. They can run as fast as 27 to 38 miles per hour, which is an amazing feat!
- Terriers are great guard dogs. They also make wonderful search dogs because of their natural instinct that leads them to find hidden objects.