What is the general personality trait of a terrier?

lagosalado67: There are so many different kinds of terriers. What is the general personality trait of a terrier?
My vet told me my dog was a terrier/pitbull mix. I just wanted to know in general what kind of personality traits/temperment I can expect from a mix like this?

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Answer by Jenn
Terriers are feisty and have attitude. I am getting a Westie Terrier and all of the research I have done leads me to the conclusion that I am in for a ride! I think they are spunky and fun though.

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  1. kerrberr95 says

    Terriers are generally friendly and have tons of energy to go along with it. They always love to do something! As for pitbulls, I'm not too familiar with the breed so I really can't help you there. Hopefully you will have an energetic and friendly dog!

  2. CF_ says

    Pitt bull is a type of Terrier.. if you dont have registration papers though you have to call them a mix so that is probably what your vet did

    Terriers were bred to hunt/kill/fight.. some were bred to hunt rats, others were bred to fight bulls in an arena or "pitt" this is the pitt bull terrier…

    so you can expect a strong dog with a lot of determination and a strong bite…

    Obedience lessons are a MUST
    NEVER play tug of war games.. and if you must MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS WIN…

    at Obedience make sure you learn how to teach the command "drop it" and "leave it"

  3. marling says

    Being a natural American breed the terriers are often called American gentleman of hounds. These terriers sometimes may be clownish and they like to entertain you constantly. They are used as watchdogs but not guards as they are too small. There are literally 57 types of terriers that I know of.The breed developed from the two that makes up the name of the breed now. The dog used to be naturally a fighter participating in the games of bull baiting. The tenacity of the breed and accompanying strength are not disputable in the canine world. Just keep in mind there are individual differences in dogs just as in people; much has to do with the environment and the interaction of the dog with humans and other dogs; they need to be socialized just as we do. Good luck with your dog, he will be a great friend and companion.

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