The Terrier Group includes breeds of all sizes and diversified in appearance. The two things they all have in common is that they were originally bred to seek out, chase, and kill rodents and to guard their families home and property. However, The Boston Terrier is classified as a Non-Sporting Breed and not among the breeds listed by the AKC in the Terrier Group. As well, the Yorkshire Terrier, once known for its ability to hunt and kill rodents is listed in the AKC Toy Group and not the Terrier Group.

With that being said, pet parents and future pet parents should research all the groups and specifically the breed they are interested in. Keep in mind that there are many other kennel clubs and international kennel clubs.

The high energy and stubborn terrier breed train better with a persistent pet parent starting at an early age.

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Miniature Schnauzer

Height: 12-14 inches                                                                                                                                                             Weight: 11-20 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

The Miniature Schnauzer has a distinctive and easily recognized look with scruffy beard and eyebrows This is an outgoing, fearless but not aggressive dog, originally bred as a farm dog and ratter. The Schnauzers wiry coat comes in salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black and is low shedding.

The Schnauzer is sociable and easily trained and makes a wonderful family dog. They love vigorous activity and playtime with children.

Rat Terrier

Height: 10-13 inches (miniature), 13-18 inches (standard)                                                                                      Weight: 10-25 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-18 years

The Rat Terrier is an American bred dog, rumored to be named by Teddy Roosevelt. The name spells out what the Rat Terrier was bred to do, yet this is a carefree jaunty companion dog. These smoothly muscled dogs come in miniature or standard size and have a patterned coat in a variety of colors combined with white.

The Rat Terrier is devoted and loving with family and children but aloof with strangers.

They are a high energy breed and need lots of exercise. This is a dog that loves to please so they are easily trained.