If you decide to add a canine companion from the Terrier Group, be prepared for an active, feisty friend who needs plenty of love, attention and activity.
Members of the Terrier Group range from small to medium-sized dogs, like the Norwich Terrier and the Kerry Blue Terrier to large, muscular dogs, like the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Bull Terrier. Other members of the Terrier Group include the popular Jack Russell Terrier (like “Eddie,” some would say one of the “stars” of the hit show “Frasier”), the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Bedington Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier.
It may be best if you incorporate a member of the Terrier Group as an “only child.” Terriers are hard-wired to chase small creatures, such as rabbits and squirrels, and were originally bred to kill rats. So if your house also includes small pets like cats, ferrets and other small animals, a terrier is probably not a wise choice. And some Terriers may not like other dogs, so be aware of that factor when looking into the Terrier Group.
Terriers are active dogs and need plenty of exercise. They love to play and consequently are wonderful companions for active people who have lots of time to share with their pet. If you have the time and the energy, a member of the Terrier Group may be just the dog for you.