Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a small hunting terrier with a lithe appearance and rectangular body. The breed is known to be gentle, intelligent and loyal, with a protective instinct and curiosity towards other dogs.

General details

The breed has a small size, with a weight ranging from 4 to 11 kilograms and a height ranging from 20 to 36 centimeters. The life expectancy of the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is 14 to 16 years. The breed is not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a small American hunting Terrier descended from terriers brought over by English miners and other working class immigrants. They share an early history with the American Rat Terrier and their probable ancestry includes several breeds such as the English Black and Tan, Smooth-Coated Fox Terrier, Manchester standard, among others. In honor of the hunting enthusiast and 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, they were named Teddy Roosevelt Terrier in 1999, highlighting their usefulness as tenacious hunters.

Breed characteristics

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a small dog, rectangular in shape. Its head is proportional to the size of the body and the eyes are oval and of moderate size. The ears are "V" shaped and can be erect, semi-erect or drooping. The tail may be docked, naturally short or long, with a thick base and carried in different positions depending on the attitude of the dog. The coat is short, glossy, dense and of medium to smooth texture. As for color, any combination of two or three colors is acceptable, with no preference, but there should always be some white. The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is gentle, intelligent and alert. He is easily trained and has a protective instinct. He is curious with other dogs and enjoys human companionship. He can be reserved with strangers but is a loyal and playful companion.

Common health problems

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier may be prone to some common diseases, such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation, heart disease and skin allergies. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends a cardiac evaluation exam, as well as a test to assess for primary lens luxation and chondrodystrophy.

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