All About the Different Types Of Terriers
Technically, figuratively, and literally, there are 27 types of terriers who are recognized by the Westminster and American Kennels Clubs. We have toy terriers, miniature terriers, smooth coat terriers, wire haired terriers, and terriers of sizes from extra large to, well, teacup size. Though the teacup Yorkshire Terrier is just another word for the runt of the litter, some ethically questionable breeders are trying to further the population of these tiny dogs, despite the frequent health issues which are caused by the birth defect, in order to fulfill the fashion demands of the public. And all the way up to the Airedale Terrier, whose size and profound calmness almost make us question his true heritage.
Of these 27 types of terriers, four stand out as not only the most popular terriers in the world, but among the most popular twenty dogs of any breed. These types of terriers include the Yorkshire terrier, the Jack Russell Terrier (or Parson‘s Terrier), the Scottish Terrier, and the Miniature Schnauzer. Each terrier possesses his very own characteristics and traits, and of course each dog has his own personality which can not be duplicated. But all types of terriers share one key element, evidenced by their intent gazes, their perked ears, and jittery limbs. All terriers have a profound and genuine love of life. They are all fearless, they are all limitless, and they are all mighty inside. This is what makes a terrier a terrier.
Grooming and nutritional needs and regiments will vary with each particular breed, and you will want to seek the counsel of your reputable breeder and your veterinarian to assess the specific needs of your dog. Some groomers specialize in very specific types of terriers, while others have been in business long enough to have put their hands on just about every breed at least 50 times over. Your breeder, if local, will probably be a great resource for finding exactly what your little warrior needs to be ship shape for a long time to come.
Any pedigreed dog that is born with a defect, such as the defect which dwarfs Yorkshire Terriers into teacups, should be spayed or neutered as soon as the puppy’s health and strength will allow. Encouragement of such detrimental breeding practices can only amount to suffering in the dogs and failings in the bloodlines. The most respectable breeders will alter a pup with an overbite and love him forever as a pet, just so this type of fault won’t befall his offspring. It is not cruel or discriminatory, but proper and necessary. Go forth and frolic with a terrier or two, for your life will only be the better for it.