Willful Terrier Dogs

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  • 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: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
The Scottish terrier is among the oldest, best established, most recognizable breeds in the world. Tenacious, intelligent, and sometimes cantankerous, these dogs can be great companions to the right owner.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, wiry
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
Patterdale terriers are small dogs with big energy. Bred as working farm dogs, these compact canines are happiest when there's a job to do, especially one that requires physical stamina and smarts.
  • 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: apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, high prey drive
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, anxious, willful, friendly, playful
The Norwich terrier is a small breed with a big personality. Hyper and intelligent, he's a fearless pup who thrives with owners who keep his brain busy with tricks and training.
  • 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: high potential for weight gain, high prey drive, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful, friendly
Parson Russell terriers are active, intelligent dogs with a long history as fearless fox hunters. The breed makes an excellent companion for experienced dog owners willing to provide lots of training and exercise.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Russell terriers are incredibly intelligent, endlessly sociable, and unquestioningly adorable. Learn about their temperament, level of care, and more to decide whether this breed is right for your family.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: red, fawn, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, willful
Bull terriers are loyal, rambunctious, and endearing companions. This playful breed can also be a bit mischievous and certainly draws attention with their unique physique.
  • 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: 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.