If you’re one who struts down the street oozing confidence, I’ll be right there with you. I’m a classic terrier who’s always on the go and a bit aloof: it’s all about me! I do bond with family and love playing with kids, but I’m not tolerant of other dogs. Being alone can make me anxious and destructive.
I can be a handful, especially for new dog owners, with lots of barking, digging, and chewing. Firm, disciplined training when I’m young will limit these behaviors, but be prepared for some stubbornness. Housetraining may require extra patience. To limit mischief and mayhem in the house, give me a brisk walk or spirited game every day—and sometimes a pen run so that I can really let loose. Agility training can also challenge my curious mind.
I’m a tight little bundle of terrier energy at 13 to 14 inches tall and 15 to 17 pounds, with a dignified profile. My coloring can be blue, black, liver, red, or wheaten—and I may have a tan or red grizzle saddle. My thick, wiry coat should be combed 2 or 3 times a week and stripped of dead hairs several times a year. Occasional trimming will keep my classic lines sharp. I adapt to any type of weather but do tend to drool and can put on weight.
With good care, I’ll be an entertaining family pal for 12 to 16 years. The only potential health issues for me are eye problems, hip joint disorder, and von Willebrand blood clotting disorder.