Is My Dog a Terrier?

Is My Dog a Terrier?

Instead of a single breed, today I’m highlighting a class of dogs, the Terriers. I went searching for them, thinking that Chewy is a Terrier. Chewy is an Affenpinscher mutt, but the Affenpinscher isn’t on the Terrier list for the AKC, even though the name, translated from the German, means Monkey Terrier. The Affen is listed under the Toy group.

A surprised Affenpinscher
Chewy says, “WHAAAAAT?!? I’m not a toy! Dogs are people, too!!”

Here’s what the AKC has to say about Terriers:

People familiar with this Group invariably comment on the distinctive terrier personality. These are feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier. Terriers typically have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Many continue to project the attitude that they’re always eager for a spirited argument. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming known as stripping in order to maintain a characteristic appearance. In general, they make engaging pets, but require owners with the determination to match their dogs’ lively characters.

Chewy is small, feisty, energetic and hunts vermin. I think he might have killed a bunny last night in the backyard. And his coat is wiry, requiring stripping (I hand groom while I pet him and he HATES it). But let’s look at some other Terriers, shall we?

Dorothy's dog
I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore … this is a Cairn Terrier, made famous by The Wizard of Oz and Toto. I miss the rains down in Africa, too, Toto.
Preston the Westie loved the Beef Liver Taffy from Jones
Preston is a West Highland Terrier, small and adorable, and he loves Jones Natural Chews. Of course.
Agility Schnauzer
Schnauzers are such intelligent beauties. I met this one at an agility trial here in Tulsa.
A sitting Bull Terrier
Reba is a pretty red and white Bull Terrier, very well behaved and sweet. Her owner, though, terrified me just a little.
Boston Terrier with Fred and Bessie
This Boston Terrier photo was snapped at an agility tournament here in Tulsa a few years back. Adorable.
Rat Terrier
Sparky, the handsome Rat Terrier next door, loves Jones chews. He also loves terrorizing rats and mice. Good dog.
Tibetan Terrier rescue dog
Summit is a beautiful example of the Tibetan Terrier. I don’t think the Tibetans are actually Terriers, though.
Oz the Great!
This is Oz, the Cairn Terrier, and his dad. Looks a little like my Chewy. Oz is one of my all-time favorite Terriers.
Max the Rat Terrier gets AM *and* FM
Max the Rat Terrier gets great radio and TV signals with those ears.

This being Wordless Wednesday and all, I think I’ll leave our Terrier sampling here. These are all Terriers that I’ve met, most having received yummy Jones chews from my own paws. I love my job. Dogs will follow me to the ends of the earth if I’m carrying Jones. It’s a law of nature or something. At any rate, it sure as heck makes dogs smile. Naturally.

If you have a Terrier and a photo you’d love to share, please pop over to the Jones Natural Chews Facebook page and show it off! We love all dogs, but I have a soft spot for the Terriers. 😉

Until I write again …


6 thoughts on “Is My Dog a Terrier?

  1. Oh Miss Flea…I am featured in your post today. *happy tail wags* You are one of my favorite people! And shhhhhh…don’t tell Preston, but West Highland White Terriers were originally…ahem….Cairn Terriers. That is, of course, until the owners of all the white ones wanted them to be Terriers unto themselves. BOL
    *Cairn cuddles*

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