Last Updated on August 5, 2023 by Pets Feed
The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is an American dog breed that was bred from working burrowing dogs. Burrow hunters were actively exported to America from England. Representatives of the breed are considered versatile burrowing hunters and are a serious competitor to fox terriers. The breed combines the features of the Manchester Terrier, Bull Terrier, Beagle and Whippet. Some experts note that the extinct White English Terriers also participated in the breeding work.
From its benevolent character to its great intelligence, this breed has a series of characteristics that make many consider it one of the most affectionate. They are one more member of their family that they love and truly protect from their own lives.
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The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a short, muscular, active, small to medium sized hunting dog. The preferred ratio of body length to height at the withers is 10: 7-10: 8. A disproportionate build is considered a serious disadvantage, as it leads to a decrease in dexterity and activity.
Regardless of gender, in accordance with the description of the breed, the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier must have developed, dense and heavy muscles. The height of dog’s ranges from 20 cm to 38 cm, Weight is proportional to the physique (with an average weight which is between 4 and 12 kilograms).
- Head: the head is small, proportional to the body, has a blunt -shaped shape. The skull is relatively wide, the forehead is average width. The length of the skull and the muzzle is equal.
- Jaws: The teeth are strong, strong, white in color, in a complete complex. Scissor or straight bite.
- Ears: the ears are attached high, erected, triangular in shape.
- Eyes: Eyes are medium -sized, round or almond -shaped. The color of the iris is brown, in rare cases there is heterochromia (eyes of different colors).
- Body: The body is rather muscular. The neck is short, pronounced powerful. The back is slightly elongated, straight and rather wide, there is no deviation. The chest is expressively deep, of considerable width. The rump is straight, the kidney is lying.
- Members: Strongly shortened, straight legs. The anterior legs are slightly transparent from the shoulder blades, while the shoulder blades are well adjusted against the body. Paturons are straight or slightly bent. The hind legs are stronger and more elastic than the anterior. The legs are elongated, the two fingers in the middle are longer than the others, the claws resemble those of a cat.
- Pelage: the hair root is short, dense, smooth and shiny to the touch. The sub-point is practically absent. The color is necessarily white with more or less dominance on the other color inclusions, which are: black, red, brown, blue, fawn, chocolate and red-red.
Character and behavior
Teddy Roosevelt has a joyful and extroverted personality. With pleasure, they actively participate in the life of the owner, they are ready to frolic and run tirelessly. These energetic creatures do not refuse to chase away the cat of a neighbor or a domestic chicken wandering at random.
They love their owner, are happy to communicate with all family members.
Foreigners are treated calmly. Despite their small size, they are quite intrepid and courageous, not being afraid to engage in a fight with a larger opponent.
Keep in mind that these dogs are always attentive to any type of stimulus that seems threatening. Indeed, these are very protective animals, which despite their small size, do not hesitate to face everything you need as long as they are safe. They are very good childcare dogs because they keep their territory by warning possible dangers with their barking and vocalizations.
They behave with diligence with children, willingly participate in the pranks of children.
With other animals
They do not like to share the owner’s attention with someone, so they can be jealous of other pets and show their dissatisfaction with them.
The teddy roosevelt terrier is not a breed that is characterized by many health problems, however, we are talking about the most frequent pathologies of this breed here so that you know them and be attentive to their possible appearance.
- Alopecia H.
- Viral infections.
- Problems with teeth.
- Food allergy.
- Eye diseases.
The average life expectancy of the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is 14 to 16 years.
Care for the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier resident in standard procedures:
- The hair is combed once a week.
- Brush the dog’s teeth every week.
- Check the condition of the eyes and ears every week.
- The claws are pruned periodically as they grow back.
- They do not bathe more than 3 to 4 times a year.
An energetic animal should have the possibility of walking fresh. The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier must walk twice a day for at least 1 hour in all weather conditions.
History of the breed
The origin of the teddy roosevelt terrier breed is undoubtedly American, as evidenced by its name, created in honor of American President Theodore Roosevelt. This honorable mention to the late president is believed to have been made not because he had a stuffed roosevelt for companion, but because he shared his life with a masked black and brown mixed-breed terrier rat who was allegedly one of the forerunners of the teddy roosevelt terrier breed.
These dogs were born after many crosses between rat terrier dogs, frequent on farms and hunts throughout the United States, with other breeds such as the beagle, also famous for its hunting dog skills, the Manchester Terrier, the Greyhound whippet and the Little Italian Greyhound.
Although the differences between the Teddy Roosevelt and the Rat Terrier are obvious, they were long considered part of the same breed. In fact, until 1999 the Teddy were known as the “short-legged thieves.” After a process of standardization, they were named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, a great enthusiast of this type of dog.