Everything You Need To Know About Small Terriers

Races that make up this group

The races that make up the group, in alphabetical order are

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is also known as Silky or Silky Terrier. It is a dog with a great personality, although it is a good companion dog, energetic and strong. That is, a true terrier that was bred to hunt vermin. However, at present, it is going to take time to use up his energy (that is, play sports with him); and above all human company. In addition, he is also very intelligent, so you either activate him mentally or he can become destructive if he gets bored.

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is a perfect dog for almost any family made famous in “The Wizard of Oz.” Toto became one of the most famous dogs in movie history, taking advantage of the natural intelligence of this breed . But, at the same time, he is self-confident and somewhat stubborn, as well as very sensitive so it is important that you do not be rude or aggressive with them and opt for positive reinforcement. On the other hand, he is very friendly and likes to enjoy family.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a calm and temperate dog that was bred to catch otters and badgers. He is much more reserved than other terrier dogs but that does not mean that he is detached from his family. In fact, with the people he meets he will be very affectionate and friendly . Of course, he has a lot of self-confidence and is not aggressive at all. In addition, it is perfect for floors since it does not have as much energy as other breeds of the same type nor is it a barker.

Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is a great little dog in small size. Alert, obedient and agile he is as mischievous as he is loyal to his family and open with guests. He may look like a mongrel dog due to his disheveled appearance, but he is a terrier, full of energy and vitality. It is a very sociable dog, but barking and somewhat stubborn with a strong hunting instinct, so you should always keep it on a leash so that it does not run away. It is perfect with children.

Norwich Terrier

If you decide to add a Norwich Terrier to your family, you should know that these little ones are independent and like to believe that they are in command of the pack. Luckily they are really fun and will always be looking for something to do . It keeps its hunting instinct alive and needs a lot of space to run, so it is not suitable for sedentary families. At home they are very affectionate both with humans – they will spend hours playing with the children – and with other pets.

Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier or Scottish is a really intelligent and somewhat stubborn dog. But if he considers you his friend, he will be faithful like few others. Although it is normally considered a family dog, especially because of its size, it is a working dog and will be doing things when it feels comfortable. If you have nothing to offer him, or you are not able to keep him mentally active, he will end up destroying your house or garden; so you must be clear about their needs before getting one. Be careful, although he gets along well with children, he is not good with other pets.

Sealyham Terrier

If you are looking for a calm dog that adapts perfectly to the home, this is the Sealyham Terrier . Although it was originally raised to hunt small vermin and badgers but its character made them gradually enter homes. To the point that it became one of the most common in the world, but today the breed is almost disappeared, despite being a docile and easy-to-carry animal, perfect for novice families . And all this without losing that mischievous and mischievous touch that marks terriers.

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier is a perfect dog for older people since it does not require a lot of exercise and it does require a lot of time. That is perhaps the first problem of the race: you can suffer from separation anxiety . But it is a real terrier. That is, it is a brave, intelligent dog with a hunting instinct, so it needs to always be on a leash or it will run after any cat that crosses its path. As with the adults, he also gets along perfectly with the little ones in the house and always maintaining joy.

Czech Terrier

Among non-English terriers, the Czech one stands out , a native of the Czech Republic but a descendant of the cross between a Scottish terrier and a Sealyham. He doesn’t need a lot of exercise, but he does need a daily walk, and he’s overly sensitive. That makes it good with the little ones in the house but also that it is used as a therapy dog.

Jack Russell Terrier

If we know a terrier in Spain, that is the Jack Russell , famous for a television advertisement in which Pancho became a millionaire and then he would jump to the cinema with his own movie. Despite its size, it was intended to hunt foxes, which makes it an intelligent and always alert animal . You must socialize him well or he will become a barker, although he will rarely be aggressive. In fact, it is naturally fun and playful.

Japanese Terrier

One of the most unknown terriers is the Japanese . Also known as Nihon teria is playful and cheerful. An energetic animal that enjoys freedom but is truly an indoor, companion dog. He is too possessive at times and will require your full attention for a long time a day and will be jealous if you share your attention with another showing it to you with his bark. Therefore, it is important that you socialize him from puppyhood.

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier or Welsh Terrier can be a great companion dog, which will maintain a great relationship with your children. Cheerful and playful he likes to have fun in life . Unfortunately, it is so energetic that it will cost you to exhaust it; but if you are an adventurer, he will be happy to follow you in your challenge. You should be careful with other dogs, as it can become aggressive with them. If you have a garden, prepare for it to dig all over your plot.

West Highland White Terrier

Personally for me, talking about the West Highland White Terrier or Westy is talking about Snowy. A playful and fun little guy, always ready to join our adventures no matter where we end up. Although with other dogs he usually has a problem if he is not socialized, with children he becomes a perfect companion in which joy, and that little dominant touch they have, make him play responsibly.

Characteristics of Small Terriers

Most of these dogs share the same characteristics, although we will find variants within the group and even in the same breed.


All terriers, regardless of their size, are really smart. That makes them stubborn and stubborn and that, at times, it is difficult to educate them if we do not start from positive reinforcement . To prevent them from becoming destructive if they get bored, it is important that you find them mental incentive games . That way, they won’t be looking for other things to do.

Fun and Cheerful

Although some are working dogs, all of them have a cheerful character that makes them a good choice for the home. In addition, having a small terrier will make your hours more fun since their intelligence and their desire to have fun will end up making you laugh.

Very good relationship with the children

They are happy and energetic dogs and that, together with their lack of aggressiveness, makes them perfect family dogs. Especially if there are children in the home, as they are perfect babysitters . Some of the breeds, in addition, are very tolerable with the elderly since they want to always be with them but they will not ask for a lot of time to exercise, just a little walk.

Hunting Instinct

Terriers were educated and bred to hunt badgers, otters, and other vermin. That instinct lives on in them, although luckily there is no sign of aggressiveness . The real problem with small terriers is that they will run after any rabbit or cat. Although the solution is simple: teach him to walk on a leash and always carry him with her.

Divyesh Patel