10 Best Hunting Terriers

Updated on: June 2022

Best Hunting Terriers in 2022


Joker Hunting Pocket Folding Knife Terrier NC19, Blade 3.54 inches MOVA, Deer Horn Handle, Fishing Tool, Hunting, Camping and Hiking

Joker Hunting Pocket Folding Knife Terrier NC19, Blade 3.54 inches MOVA, Deer Horn Handle, Fishing Tool, Hunting, Camping and Hiking
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022
  • Stainless steel MOVA-1.4116 with a hardness of 55 - 57 HRC
  • Blade size 3.54 inches with satin finish
  • Deer horn handle
  • Blade width 1 inches with a thickness of 2,5 mm
  • Total weight of the knife: 160 gr

Working Terriers, Badgers and Badger Digging (History of Hunting Series)

Working Terriers, Badgers and Badger Digging (History of Hunting Series)
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Terriers for Sport (History of Hunting Series - Terrier Earth Dogs)

Terriers for Sport (History of Hunting Series - Terrier Earth Dogs)
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The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Journey
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Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby
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Terrier Training: Dog Training for your Terrier puppy

Terrier Training: Dog Training for your Terrier puppy
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Big Dog City Attack Quest

Big Dog City Attack Quest
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  • Ultimate city dog survival simulator in 3D!
  • Hunt for citizens and animals, avoid aggressive policemen and SWAT
  • Customize your angry dog as you want
  • Raise your little puppies to enlarge your pack

As the Son of a Dog Man ... I Became a Hog Hunter: Norman Kemmer and His Life with the American Pit Bull Terrier

As the Son of a Dog Man ... I Became a Hog Hunter: Norman Kemmer and His Life with the American Pit Bull Terrier
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Working Terriers - Their Management, Training and Work, Etc.

Working Terriers - Their Management, Training and Work, Etc.
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Rabbit Hawker's Dogs: Dogs for the Bush (The Falconer's Apprentice Series Book 4)

Rabbit Hawker's Dogs: Dogs for the Bush (The Falconer's Apprentice Series Book 4)
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Rat Terriers

The history of a small farm dog that makes a good dog for modern city life.

In pictures of President Theodore Roosevelt you sometimes see one or more small dogs around his heels. There is one such picture maintained by the White House Historical Association showing President Theodore Roosevelt, his family, and a pack of the small dogs in front of the group. There are even references to the dogs catching rats and mice in the White House in some newspaper articles of the time.

Just where the breed really began isn't known. These are not the dogs of royalty. They belonged in the barns, warehouses, and alleys of the working man. You sometimes see them in old paintings, small dogs underfoot, in crowd scenes.

Here in American they probably arrived with the very first settlers. They would have been needed to keep the vermin down on the ships bringing those settlers.

The Rat Terrier wasn't a dog much talked about or written about. They just were. Occasionally there would be references to them in their capacity as rat catchers. In Bram Stoker's Dracula (pub.1897) it was a rat terrier that saved the people when Count Dracula unleashed a horde of rats on them. A rat terrier also appeared in the book To Kill A Mockingbird (1960).

For a common man's dog they did get around, appearing in movies such as The Great Train Robbery with Sean Connery and Lady Be Good, starring Eleanor Powell.

Rat Terriers are still found on farms, but they are also making themselves at home in the city. Because they are a quiet breed (barking, yipping and whining will alert a rat or mouse to a dog's presence) they do well with close neighbors.

The drawback to Rat Terriers is they have been bred to work. They need something to do and if their person doesn't provide a job a Rat Terrier will create its own work. When my current Rat Terrier, Sassy, was a young dog my backyard looked like an exploded mine field. She took her Terrier (earth dog) heritage to heart. I will say that unlike my neighbors I didn't have any moles in my yard. My neighbors, though, decided they'd rather have the moles.

If given a job and exercised properly though Rat Terriers can do very well in an apartment setting. When not hunting or busy at some other chore they tend to be couch potatoes. If they've had a good walk with a bit of a run then they are more than willing to curl up at their person's feet and nap.

The UKC, United Kennel Club (ukcdog.com), registers three different types of Rat Terriers. Besides the Standard Rat Terrier that is 12 to 15 inches tall and weighs eighteen to thirty-five pounds, there are also medium Rat Terriers, ten to eighteen pounds and Toy Rat Terriers. The toy Rat Terrier, under ten pounds, can fit in a purse; and many do travel with their people in this fashion. And, of course, they now register the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier.

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