Terriers: Big Variety, Feisty, Energetic and At Risk

January 26, 2021

Every month, we will highlight a popular dog breed at risk for arthritis. We will talk about what we love about them, as well as reflect on how to keep them healthy. This month, we are focusing on the Terrier Group. Read on to see if your Terriers made the lists we highlighted.

In 2021, the AKC announced a new breed and it's a Terrier! Just how many Terriers are there? So many! They are large and small, even toy-sized. They all have one thing in common: their big personalities, no matter the physical size. Read on to meet the new Terrier, which is dog breed #197, see why we love the feisty Terriers breed, how to keep them healthy, and which ones are most at risk for arthritis. Read on for more! 

Lots of variety in terriers

What do you think of when you think of a Terrier? There are a big variety of Terriers. The image here shows the many faces of a Terrier. Check out the world’s largest kennel clubs and it shows just how many different types of Terriers there are. The United Kennel Club (UKC) recognizes 45 different Terriers. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 32 different kinds of Terriers. The British Kennel Club recognizes 27 different Terrier breeds. With that kind of list, highlighting Terriers is a big ask. We tried our best and categorized them as follows:

  • Top 10 Terrier Breeds Based on Popularity
  • Top 5 Oldest Terrier Breeds
  • Top 5 Newest Terrier Breeds

And because Parnell and Glyde™ Mobility Chews care so much about joint health, also highlighted is:

  • Top 10 Terrier Breeds at Risk for Arthritis

Terriers are a unique group because they are so very different. They do have a few things in common. Mostly, they are all feisty, fun and energetic. They come in all different shapes and sizes and originate in different parts of the world. In the right home, they make fun-loving companions. Even the smallest Terriers are still known for big personalities.

Based on popularity here are the Top Terriers:

Top 10 Terriers Based on Popularity

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This image captures the top 5 Terriers, according to the AKC's top dog breed list. Here is a little more about each dog:

Yorkshire Terrier 

#1: Yorkshire Terrier aka the Yorkie. (shown above)
The Yorkie as it is often known as, is of English decent. One of the oldest Terriers on AKC’s list, this breed first came to America in the 1870s. Yorkies are often known as a fashionable dog from the Victorian era. Even today, these small toy breed dogs can be found inside a purse because they fit perfectly. Their long hair is often combed perfectly and they have the appearance of royalty with self-importance in their stride.

#2: Miniature Schnauzer.
(Yes, a Schnauzer is a Terrier!) Originated from Germany, they crossed a Terrier and a Schnauzer. This breed is lively, pleasant and playful. These loyal and devoted small dogs are great to go on a walks and enjoy active lifestyles. They are known for being feisty towards other dogs. Not necessarily good for families with small children, they are very smart and can learn to live with them, with proper socialization and training.

#3: Boston Terrier.
These short, compact little dogs often bring lots of laughs to their families because of the expressions in their eyes. Known for their intelligence, Bostons love exercise and are known for lots of brisk walks and high jumping abilities. Another standard in dog breeds, this dog has been a part of AKC since 1893. With a tuxedo-style fur coat, this breed is known to be an entertainer.

West Highland White Terrier

#4: West Highland White Terrier. (shown above)
Also known as a Westie are best known for their white coats. They are active and highly independent dogs. They are a great companion for families where they will be the center of attention. This small white dog enjoys getting involved in nearly everything there is at the home. They are known to dominate most situations, including the attention of their families, even though they are a small dog.

#5: Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.
This is an Irish breed most known for its unique single coat that makes them great dogs for those with typical allergies to other dogs. They are originally farm dogs used for herding livestock. Today’s Wheaten is busy, playful, intelligent and fun. The breed is easy to train but they are very playful and assertive, so attention is often an issue. Very social dogs, they are a Terrier that will get along best with other dogs.

Bull Terrier

#6: Bull Terrier aka the Bulley. (shown above)
They were created by crossing bulldog and Terriers. As they were originally created as attack dogs in dog fighting, thankfully the past is behind them as it is now illegal for dog fighting. Today the are an active, loving and rewarding breed for any family. Lively and powerful dog, they are a larger breed on the Terrier list. They are good with lots of space for running and a busy family.

Aredale Terrier

#7: Aredale Terrier. (shown above)
The largest of the Terrier breeds, they are an English breed originally used to hunt otters. They are intelligent and can be seen as military and police dogs. Smooth temperament and sweet disposition. They are dignified, loyal and intelligent with makes a great companion. They can be trained to a high level from everything to a watch dog to guard dog to a seeing eye dog or service animal.

#8: Scottish Terrier or Scottie. 
This is a favorite breed of celebrities and Presidents of the United states like George W. Bush and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Scotties are small dog breeds but are are brave, alert and dignified. Known to be stubborn, it’s always a good idea to keep them socialized at all ages to be sure they know how to be with other dogs.

Cairn Terrier

#9: Cairn Terrier. (shown above)
Pronounced "Karen," the Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest Terriers. They are busy, tenacious and one of the smallest dogs in the working Terrier group. They are eager to please and they love doing tricks. Cairns do good with games and demand lots of attention. For this reason, they are great with kids, loyal and one of the most loving dogs in the Terrier group.

#10: Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
They were originally used for dog fighting but thankfully that has been banned. Today, they have become a great breed for families. They enjoy time with families and those with children. Often known as the “nanny dog,” they are affectionate and fearless. They have powerful jaws that can destroy any toy you give them.

Top 5 Newest Terriers

Biewer Terrier

Here are the most recent dogs to join the AKC Terrier group, along with the year they were added to the AKC breed list. Pictured above is the Biewer Terrier. 

  1. Biewer Terrier: 2021
  2. American Hairless Terrier: 2016
  3. Rat Terrier: 2013
  4. Russell Terrier: 2012
  5. Cesky Terrier: 2012

Terriers made the news this month because the AKC added another Terrier breed to their official list of dogs. In 2021, the newest Terrier is the Biewer Terrier (pronounced Beaver). It is officially a member of the Toy Group of dogs. This means the AKC now recognizes 197 different dog breeds.

This sweet little Terrier dog traditionally has a soft silky coated dog with tri-coloring. From Germany, this dog became a reality when Yorkshire Terrier breeders began producing tri-color Yorkies. They took the name of their breeders: Werner and Gertrud Biewer.

These dogs are low-maintenance dogs because of the size and mannerisms. If you keep their coats short, they only need brushing on occasion. However, plan to brush them daily if you go with a traditional long coat like the Yorkie.

The AKC announces a new breed every year. In 2020, they added the American Belgian Laekenois.

The 5 Oldest Terriers

When AKC started, there were 45 breeds of dogs named to their list. Here are the top Terrier breeds when the AKC was first formed in 1885:

  1. Bull Terrier
  2. Fox Terrier
  3. Irish Terrier
  4. Scottish Terrier
  5. Yorkshire Terrier

Terriers Most at risk for Arthritis in Dogs:

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This image highlights the Terrier dogs most likely to have arthritis. Arthritis is as painful for dogs as it is for humans. And just like humans, there is something you can do about it. Learn more about arthritis in dogs and check out all the risk factors.

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier. (High Risk)
  2. Airedale Terrier. (Medium Risk)
  3. Maltese Terrier. (Medium Risk)
  4. Jack Russell Terrier. (Medium Risk)
  5. Silky Terrier. (Low Risk)
  6. Bedlington Terrier. (Low Risk)
  7. Fox Terrier. (Low Risk)
  8. Tenterfield Terrier. (Low Risk)
  9. Miniature Schnauzer. (Low Risk)
  10. Mixed Breeds. (High Risk)


Top Health Problems of Terriers

The Terrier dogs at risk for arthritis range from low to medium and high risk. As you can imagine, the larger the Terrier, the more likely they will have joint problems, which can lead to arthritis. However some of the smaller Terriers, such a the Jack Russell Terrier, make the list because of how much they jump which adds wear and tear on their joints from high activity.

Mixed breed dogs often have arthritis issues because they are a mishmash of different breeds. While you get the good in the breed, you also get health problems associated with them. There are so many mixed breed dogs with a Terrier background. If you have a mixed breed with a Terrier, consider getting them on a joint supplement like Glyde Mobility Chews.

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Protecting a dog’s ability to run and play is key to preserving quality of life.  That’s why early recognition and treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) is so important.  20% of dogs over the age of 1, and 80% of dogs over the age of 8 will shows signs of OA. Learn more about osteoarthritis in dogs.

Why Choose a Terrier? Meet Watson!

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One of our co-workers has an adorable Scottish Terrier as an office mate. Shannon always loved the movie "101 Dalmatians" and remembered the Scottie in the movie as much, if not more than the Dalmatians. The Scottie stuck with her because when she decided on getting a dog, she researched her choices and selected the Scottie. Meet Watson. He is a little over one year old this month! 

"I chose a Scottie because of their core traits. They are independent and very confident dogs. They love their families, but they are always ready to protect them, not matter the size of the threat. They are expressive, and you can tell when they are proud of themselves, or embarrassed, or they think something they are doing is funny." - Shannon

Happy birthday, Watson! 

Why did you select your Terrier? No matter what Terrier you have, you can always count on Glyde Mobility Chews to keep them active, feisty and with more pep in their step! 

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