If you are looking for a fearless, adorable pup with bags of character, these are the most popular breeds of terrier dog in the UK.
Originally bred to hunt “vermin” – hence their feisty nature – terriers quickly found a place on our laps and in our hearts. They are loyal and affectionate dogs with heaps of character.
These are 10 of the most popular breeds of terrier in 2021 so far, according to The Kennel Club. And don't forget to rescue if you can.
1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
These often-misunderstood dogs have big hearts. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is described as "highly intelligent and affectionate, especially with children" by the Kennel Club. Though they were originally bred as a fighting dog, they make wonderful family pets. Photo: Getty Images
2. Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is an active, adaptable breed which can live in the country or city. Originally bred for fox hunting on the border between Northumberland and Scotland, these dogs are loving, easily trained, and their wiry coat is hypoallergenic:. Photo: Getty Images
3. West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terriers - or Westies, as they are affectionately known - are described as "small, active, and full of self-esteem". The breed originated from the Malcolms of Poltalloch in Argyllshire, Scotland, in the mid 19th century as a working dog on the moors. Their bright white coat became an advantage as it was easier to see. Photo: Getty Images
4. Airedale Terrier
The 'King of Terriers', Airdales hail from Yorkshire where they were bred to hunt vermin along riverbanks. This breed has military history too. They were used by the armed forces in both World Wars as tracking dogs and messengers in the trenches. Intelligent and courageous, though sometimes stubborn, Airedales make wonderful family dogs. Photo: Getty Images