Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Puppies

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The Playful and Energetic Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier, or Short Legged Rat Terrier, were given their name because it is believed that President Teddy Roosevelt helped develop the breed. They are a fun-loving and energetic breed that make great family companions and tenacious hunters.

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier At a Glance

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Teddy Roosevelt Terrier At a Glance

  • Size: 22"-26", 40-65 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Straight, dense, and long
  • Shedding: heavy
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Terrier
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Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Breed Guide

Learn More About Teddy Roosevelt Terriers

  • Temperament

    These playful and energetic pups make great family companions. They are very loyal, and get along great with children. Training should begin early so their curious hunting instincts don't get them into trouble. They are adaptable to their family's lifestyle, fit in with families of all shapes and sizes.

  • Health

    Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are generally healthy dogs, but can be susceptible eye conditions and patellar luxation. Responsible breeders will screen for these conditions when they are puppies.

  • Activity Level

    Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are high energy, and they excel when their exercise involves their family members. They love playtime, especially when it is mentally and physically stimulating. They should never be left alone in the backyard, they will get restless and develop bad digging habits.

  • Grooming

    Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are low-maintenance, and only require weekly brushings to keep their coat looking its best. A bath every 4-6 weeks will keep their coat fresh and shiny.

  • Shedding

    They shed a moderate amount, and will shed their coat as new hair grows in. Regular brushing can reduce the amount of hair you find around your house.

  • Appearance

    They are small compact, and muscular, built for speed. They are typically as long as they are tall and their body has a boxy shape. Their ears have a triangular shape and sit erect on the outside of their head. Their tail is typically docked, but it can also be naturally carried upward.

  • History

    These Presidential pups were developed in the United States from various small to medium sized dogs brought to the country by early immigrants. Breeders used combinations of the Manchester Terrier, the Beagle, the Smooth Fox Terrier, and the Italian Greyhound to develop a dog with great hunting ability and companionship. The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a short-legged variety of the Rat Terrier, and named for Teddy Roosevelt. Legend has it that he helped develop the breed, but it is more likely that he just owned these dogs.