Origin: United States
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 15-16 years
Weight: Male: 5-11, Female: 3.5-9
Height: Male: 10-15, Female: 8-13
Origin of Name: The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a small to medium-sized American hunting terrier.
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The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier was developed in the United States from various small and medium-breed dogs that accompanied early American immigrants. Most were small hunting and terrier types whose job was to clean the worm's house and farm. These versatile terriers probably included crosses between the Smooth Fox Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Beagle, Whippet, Italian Greyhound and the now extinct White English Terrier. Over time, dogs were selected for their hunting ability and for a harmonious nature in the home.
Teddy Roosevelt was originally a variety of rat terrier, with short-legged known as Type B and long-legged as Type A. During the 1990s, breeders worked to divide them into two breeds. Short-legged Rat Terriers developed a dedicated following and were named in honor of President Teddy Roosevelt, who was believed to have owned these raters.