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Terrier

Playful / Active / Social

Terriers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. These little dogs love being around their family, although some can be more clingy than others. They love playing and prefer to lead an active life. They also need plenty of attention.

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Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • Airedale : 23 inches
  • Yorkshire: 7 – 8 inches

Weight

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  • Airedale : 50 – 70 lbs
  • Yorkshire: 7 lbs

Lifetime

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  • Average: 15 years

Health Risk

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Hypothyroidism

What is it?

Hypothyroidism is when your pup’s thyroid gland doesn’t produce a normal amount of the thyroid hormone.

% Dogs affected:

Unknown

Clinical signs:

Sleepiness, reproductive issues, obesity, heat-seeking (get cold easily), coat and skin problems.

Treatment:

Lifelong medication

Other risks:

Unknown

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*
*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Average Vet Bill

$25 p/m

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $270/yr

80% = $240/yr

70% = $210/yr

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Hip Dysplasia

What is it?

Hip dysplasia is a genetic issue that occurs in the hips and elbows when the ball and socket of the joint are malformed, causing the joint to grate.

% Dogs affected:

Varies depending on breed.

Clinical signs:

Avoids climbing stairs or jumping, lameness, pain, loss of muscle mass in the thighs and gaining more muscle in the shoulders, limping/stiffness, swaying gait, smaller range of motion and activity, grating in the affected joint.

Treatment:

Surgery, joint fluid modifiers supplements, weight loss, restricting exercise, glucosamine, and anti-inflammatory medication.

Other risks:

Complications during surgery. Loss of function in joint due to deterioration.

Average Vet Bill

$2400

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $2160

80% = $2160

70% = $1680

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Playful  

They love to run around and play, so they need plenty of exercise. 

Active 

Many terriers are also very intelligent, so they have active minds that need to be stimulated. 

Social 

Many breeds are generally friendly with strangers, but they do need to be socialized properly. 

Spirited 

They are also very spirited and can be stubborn, so you need to have a firm hand and plenty of patience when training them. 

Cocky 

They can also have a tendency to bully animals that are smaller than they are. 

Lifetime Care

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Coat

Coats are usually wiry and coarse. Some have short and smooth coats; others can be hairless.

Colors

White, black, and tan.

Hypoallergenic

It varies, but mostly no.

Grooming

Teeth cleaning, ear cleaning, and nail clipping. Some need more regular brushing than others.

Training

Socialization is also a necessary part of training, so your dog knows how to interact with new people and dogs.

 

Lifetime Care Cost:

Small: $15051        |             Medium: $15782      |       Large: $14480

Terrier: Dog Breed Information Guide 

Terriers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They are born hunters with lots of energy and drive. If you’re interested in adopting a terrier, there are a lot of breeds to choose from. But before you read up on every terrier breed out there, we have gathered some general information. 

  

Most terriers originate in England, Scotland or Ireland. They were popular dogs that would generally be used for hunting. Each breed was intended to hunt certain prey. 

After terriers began to come over to America with British immigrants, new breeds appeared, like the rat terrier or American hairless terrier. As time went on, this breed group became more popular as household pets. Their personalities developed to be more sweet and loving. 

Here at Spot Pet Insurance, we understand how important it is for you and your pet to suit each other. Terriers are fun dogs to have around, but they require that you or your family have a lot of time to provide them with the care they need. Let’s talk about it. 

What are some terrier breeds? 

There are many terrier breeds, from large dogs to small dogs. There are some with smooth hair and others with rough hair. Some terriers have short hair; others can have really long hair. 

Regardless of the kind of terrier you choose, family pets in this breed of dog tend to have somewhat similar dispositions. Some may be more laid back than others. Here are a few of the most notable terrier breeds: 

  • Bedlington Terrier 
  • Cairn Terrier 
  • American Staffordshire Terrier 
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier 
  • Miniature Bull Terriers 
  • Scottish Terrier 
  • Border Terrier 
  • Jack Russell Terrier 
  • Australian Terrier 
  • Irish Terrier 
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier 
  • West Highland White Terrier 

What is the personality of terriers like? 

Terriers may have a wide range of looks, but their personalities tend to be similar across the breed. Of course, every dog is individual. They might be more or less like a typical terrier, but most terriers have some similar qualities. 

 Do terriers get along with their owners? 

Terriers love being around their family, although some can be more clingy than others. They love playing and prefer to lead an active life. They also need plenty of attention. If they lack enough exercise or attention, you can expect to find chewed-up shoes or holes in the yard. 

How calm and cooperative are terriers? 

Terriers tend to be energetic breeds. After all, chasing rats and mice requires a high energy level. They are also very spirited and can be stubborn, so you need to have a firm hand and plenty of patience when training them. 

  

Because of their instinct to hunt, terriers tend to be pretty confrontational. They can bark quite a bit. However difficult they may be at times, terriers make up for it by being loyal and loving. 

How are terriers around kids? 

If you have kids or nieces and nephews, you are probably concerned about how well your future pup will do around kids. 

  

Although it depends on the breed, terriers usually enjoy playing with children. They have the energy to keep up with your kids if they need to. However, some breeds are better at playing with children than others, like the rat terrier. 

Do terriers do well around other dogs? 

Maybe you’re already a pet parent with a bunch of lovable pups at home or know of a fantastic dog park nearby that you can’t wait to take your pup to. Either way, you’ll be wondering how well terriers do with other dogs. 

  

As a general rule, it’s always best to socialize your pup by introducing them to other dogs, people and places. If you decide to adopt a small terrier, it’s better to take them to a dog park specifically for small dogs. 

  

Because terriers are a bit cocky, they may not get along well with other dogs, at least at first. They can also have a tendency to bully animals that are smaller than they are. If you are a pet parent to a rat or mouse, another breed would be better due to the terrier’s history. 

How are terriers around strangers? 

A terrier’s reaction to strangers will depend on the breed. Many breeds are generally friendly with strangers, but they do need to be socialized properly. 

How to care for terriers 

What is a terrier’s coat like? 

It’s varied, but their coats are usually wiry and coarse. Some have short and smooth coats; others can be hairless. They are usually low shedding. 

What is the lifetime care cost for a terrier? 

It varies from breed to breed, but here are some general ideas of cost for small, medium, and large dogs. This is based on their average life expectancy, which is about 15 years for a small dog, 13 years for a medium dog, and 10 years for a large dog. 

How to be the best pet parent for a terrier 

One of the most important parts of being a good pet parent is being committed to taking care of your pup or kitty for life. You and your pet need to be a good fit for each other. Otherwise, your pup might get into trouble if they’re lacking something they need. 

  

Every terrier will be a big commitment of time and money, although where your time and money goes depends on the breed. 

How much does a dog or puppy cost? 

Because there are so many breeds of terriers, the cost to adopt or care for one will vary depending on the breed. Bigger dogs may cost more than smaller dogs; pooches with longer hair can cost more than those with shorter hair.   

Even though we can’t tell you the exact price of the terrier breed you’ll choose in this article, we can provide some of the average prices to provide for a pup. 

Adoption fee: Varies from breed to breed 

[Expense: first year, following years] 

Food: $900 

Water/food bowls: $20

Treats and toys: $250

Collars: $40 

Leashes: $20 

Dog bed and crate: Varies depending on size 

Vaccines and routine care: $1500

Heartworm and flea prevention: Varies depending on size of dog 

Total (minus costs that depend on size): $2730

Basic training and behavior etiquette for your dog 

  1. All terriers require some form of training, especially obedience training. It’s important for you to teach them properly, so they can be good members of the family. Many terriers are also very intelligent, so they have active minds that need to be stimulated. Training helps with that. 
  2. Commands like sit, stay, come, and heel are always useful, but your terrier might want to learn more tricks as time goes on. 
      
  3. If your dog gets bored, they are more likely to cause trouble. They can show you how frustrated they are. By teaching them a new trick as soon as they earn a new one, you can help them keep their minds active and help them be happy and healthy. 
  4. Socialization is also a key part of the training of a terrier. Beginning when they are puppies, they should be introduced to new people, places, and dogs. It should be done slowly at first. By meeting new people, going new places and interacting with other dogs, your terrier will have chances to learn how to properly interact with the world around them. 

What type of foods should a terrier never eat? 

If you’re hoping to cook food for your pup, or if the terrier you decide on has a tendency to steal things off the kitchen counter, you probably have some concerns about safe foods for your pup. Although some breeds will have more sensitivities than others, all terriers can not eat the foods listed below. 

  • Grain: Terriers have difficulty digesting grain, so you shouldn’t give your pup any foods like wheat or barley. 
  • Yeast: Although yeast isn’t terrible for your pup, terriers are more likely to develop allergies to it. 
  • Soy: This one only really applies to Boston terriers. If your Boston terrier manages to eat some soy, you might find some unpleasant surprises on the floor. 
  • Acidic foods: Again, this only applies to Boston Terriers. They have pretty sensitive stomachs. 

Exercising tips to keep your dog to stay fit and healthy 

Terriers tend to be very active breeds. They love to run around and play, so they need plenty of exercise. Smaller breeds may not be able to keep up with you if you’re riding a bike or skateboard, but they would love to join you for a walk or play fetch in the backyard. 

  

Larger breeds may be able to join you if you’re on wheels, as long as it’s not car wheels. Both small and large terriers enjoy games or long walks, though. 

Terrier life stages 

Age ranges for these pups will vary from breed to breed, but there are some things you should be aware of as your pups grow up.  

Puppies: Age range depends on breed. Terrier puppies may be cute, but don’t let their cuteness get in the way of establishing rules for them to follow as they get older. They may have those puppy dog eyes, but they also need to learn to behave. 

Adults: Age range depends on breed. Adults are active dogs and loads of fun. Just make sure they get enough exercise, and you and your pup should be okay. 

Seniors: Age range depends on breed. As your dog gets older, they’ll probably slow down and take it a bit easier than before. They still need exercise but maybe not as much as when they were younger.