Dogs that are terrier and that are good with children

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  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Airedale terriers are highly intelligent and energetic dogs who make great family pets. They excel at agility and love to hike. Learn more about living with Airedale terriers.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
West Highland White Terriers are loyal, tenacious, and wildly entertaining dogs that pack a lot of personality into their relatively small frame. Both a clever hunter and playful pet, learn more about living with Westies. 
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn
  • patterns: blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Border terriers are intelligent, energetic, and affectionate little dogs with big personalities and low grooming needs. They make great family pets and are easy to train. Learn more about living with border terriers.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, high prey drive
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful
Soft-coated wheaten terriers are spunky, energetic dogs with a signature wavy, cuddly coat. They love to jump, run, and play, and always want to stick by your side like a fluffy shadow.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, fawn, black, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
A long way from their brutal origins, Staffordshire bull terriers have become renowned as loyal family dogs.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, willful, friendly, outgoing, playful
He's small, fluffy, and looks like a lamb, but the Bedlington terrier is all dog—and adaptable enough to join his family in any activity, from hikes to lazy days on the couch.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, loves water, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues
  • colors: fawn, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: black and tan, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful, anxious
Norfolk terriers are spunky, affectionate, and energetic small dogs who make great travel companions and outdoor adventurers. Happy and social, they thrive with active families.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, anxious
Cairn terriers are loyal, intelligent, and playful little dogs who are just as happy snuggling on our laps as they are accompanying us on hikes. Learn more about cairn terriers’ behaviors and traits here.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, fawn
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
Irish terriers are intelligent and energetic dogs that adapt quickly to new situations and are loyal to their families. Learn more about living with Irish terriers.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion
  • colors: black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, friendly, playful
Manchester terriers are athletic, energetic, and devoted dogs. With sufficient exercise and mental stimulation, these intelligent, spirited pups make great family pets. 
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hot weather tolerant, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: blue, red, black
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, blue and tan, sable
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, wiry
  • temperament: playful
Australian terriers are small pups that make excellent family dogs, but often prefer to be the only pet in a household. They are playful, high-energy, and affectionate.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, blue, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful
Tiny, tenacious, and eager to please, the rat terrier's high prey drive and intelligence make him a versatile dog for farm or family living.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, blue
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
Kerry blue terriers are loyal, hard-working, and strong-willed dogs. They are happiest when they have a task to do, preferably if it’s by their owner's side.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, friendly
Brilliant, spunky, and eager to please, the miniature schnauzer is an excellent family dog—provided you can keep him entertained.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, black, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Wire fox terriers are fun, adventurous little dogs with nearly boundless energy and lots of affection to give. Learn more about living with wire fox terriers.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, blue, white, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: sable, bicolor, tricolor, blue and tan, black and tan, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: hairless
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
American hairless terriers are a lively, courageous, and loyal breed that descended from the rat terrier. Learn more about living with this rare hairless breed. 
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, red, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, bicolor, black and tan, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, willful, playful
Miniature bull terriers are intelligent, energetic dogs with personalities that match their distinctive appearances. These little dogs weigh under 30 pounds but are full of affection and curiosity.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan, saddle / blanket, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Welsh terriers are high-energy dogs that require lots of daily exercise and attention. Learn more about caring for the fun-loving, affectionate Welshie.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, black, blue
  • patterns: brindle, sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Courageous, smart, and loyal, the American Staffordshire terrier (“AmStaff” or “Staffie” for short) can be a wonderful family pet that learns quickly with positive reinforcement.  These energetic dogs are always up for a good outdoor adventure with their human friends.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow
  • patterns: black and tan, blue and tan, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful
Lakeland terriers are small, highly intelligent dogs with big personalities and a distinctive appearance. Learn more about living with this bearded English breed.