Instead of a single breed, today I’m highlighting a class of dogs, the Terriers. I went searching for them, thinking that Chewy is a Terrier. Chewy is an Affenpinscher mutt, but the Affenpinscher isn’t on the Terrier list for the AKC, even though the name, translated from the German, means Monkey Terrier. The Affen is listed under the Toy group.
People familiar with this Group invariably comment on the distinctive terrier personality. These are feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier. Terriers typically have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Many continue to project the attitude that they’re always eager for a spirited argument. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming known as stripping in order to maintain a characteristic appearance. In general, they make engaging pets, but require owners with the determination to match their dogs’ lively characters.
Chewy is small, feisty, energetic and hunts vermin. I think he might have killed a bunny last night in the backyard. And his coat is wiry, requiring stripping (I hand groom while I pet him and he HATES it). But let’s look at some other Terriers, shall we?
This being Wordless Wednesday and all, I think I’ll leave our Terrier sampling here. These are all Terriers that I’ve met, most having received yummy Jones chews from my own paws. I love my job. Dogs will follow me to the ends of the earth if I’m carrying Jones. It’s a law of nature or something. At any rate, it sure as heck makes dogs smile. Naturally.
If you have a Terrier and a photo you’d love to share, please pop over to the Jones Natural Chews Facebook page and show it off! We love all dogs, but I have a soft spot for the Terriers. 😉
Until I write again …