Here Are The 14 Most Popular Terrier Breeds

By Sarah Jeanne Terry

Deciding what breed of dog might be best for you and your family can be a daunting task. There are so many amazing and adorable dogs. But if you want a loving, energetic dog, then a terrier might be perfect for you.

Terriers come in all shapes and sizes. They have a big on spirit and love getting into mischief. Terriers have sharp hunting instincts because they were originally bred to hunt rodents on the ground. They may take a little extra training to overcome their stubbornness, but terriers can be loyal and loving pets.

But which kind of terrier would make the perfect companion for you? According to the American Kennel Club, these are the 14 most popular terrier breeds in 2016, so you can find the ideal spirited pup for you.

1. Yorkshire Terrier

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  • Average Size: 7 pounds.
  • Personality: Spirited, affectionate, feisty.
  • Energy: Moderately active, they're satisfied with a nice daily walk.

2. Miniature Schnauzer

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  • Average Size: 11-20 pounds.
  • Personality: Friendly, smart, obedient.
  • Energy: Somewhat active, great on a nice long walk.

3. Boston Terrier

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  • Average Size: 10-25 pounds.
  • Personality: Friendly, smart, totally adorable.
  • Energy: Moderate energy.

4. West Highland White Terrier

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  • Average Size: 15-20 pounds.
  • Personality: Happy, loyal, endlessly entertaining.
  • Energy: High energy, and full of curiosity.

5. Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier

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  • Average Size: 30-40 pounds.
  • Personality: Happy, friendly, and devoted.
  • Energy: Somewhat active, very fun-loving.

6. Airedale Terrier

  • Average Size: 50-70 pounds.
  • Personality: Clever, confident, friendly.
  • Energy: Very active, they love mental stimulation.

7. Bull Terrier

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  • Average Size: 50-70 pounds.
  • Personality: Playful, mischievous, loyal.
  • Energy: Very active, and needs plenty of exercise.

8. Scottish Terrier

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  • Average Size: 17-22 pounds.
  • Personality: Confident, friendly, but dignified.
  • Energy: Somewhat active, and loves exploring.

9. Cairn Terrier

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  • Average Size: 13-14 pounds.
  • Personality: Cheerful, busy, independent.
  • Energy: Very active, and adores long walks to explore.

10. American Staffordshire Terrier

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  • Average Size: 50-60 pounds.
  • Personality: Good-natured, smart, confident.
  • Energy: Medium energy, loves a good walk.

11. Border Terrier

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  • Average Size: 11-15 pounds.
  • Personality: Plucky, happy, and very affectionate.
  • Energy: High energy, very quick and agile.

12. Jack Russel Terrier

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  • Average Size: 9-15 pounds.
  • Personality: Alert, curious, friendly.
  • Energy: Very Active, needs plenty of playtime.

13. Tibetan Terrier

  • Average Size: 9-15 pounds.
  • Personality: Affectionate, clever, vocal.
  • Energy: Very Active, loves long walks and stimulating playtime.

14. Rat Terrier

  • Average Size: 10-25 pounds.
  • Personality: Friendly, loving, very curious.
  • Energy: Very active, loves to keep busy.

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