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Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Information and Pictures

The back right side of a short legged, low to the ground, tan and white Teddy Roosevelt Terrier that is standing across grass and it is looking to the right. There is a person sitting cross-legged behind the dog. The dog has a bob tail and very large perk ears that are set wide apart and a long muzzle with a dark nose.

Cid the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 1 year old—"This is Cid, our Teddy Roosevelt Rat Terrier. He enjoys napping on the couch, chasing after tennis balls and playing with our Jack Russell Lyla."

Other Names

Teddy Roosevelt Rat Terrier

Pronunciation

TED-ee ROAZ-uh-velt  TAIR-ee-uhr

Description

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Temperament

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a good watchdog.

Height, Weight

Weight: 10 - 25 pounds (4.5 - 7 kg)
Height: 8 - 15 inches (20 - 38 cm)

Health Problems

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Living Conditions

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier will do okay in an apartment so long as it gets enough exercise. These dogs are fairly active indoors and should have at least a small- to medium-sized yard. They love to be inside the house and outside to play.

Exercise

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier needs a good amount exercise. This breed needs to be taken on a daily long walk or jog. It should have at least 20-30 minutes a day, but would enjoy much more. The breed enjoys challenging games and outdoor romps.

Life Expectancy

About 15 -16 years

Litter Size

About 3 to 5 puppies

Grooming

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is easy to groom with an occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair.

Origin

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is sometimes lumped in with the Rat Terrier. At one time they were one in the same, however with years of different breedings two types of terriers began to emerge. There was the standard Rat Terrier and a shorter-legged terrier that was named the "Short-Legged Rat Terrier." This terrier later became known as the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier and was recognized by the UKC as a separate breed in 1999. Some still call this breed a Teddy Roosevelt Rat Terrier.

Group

Terrier

Recognition

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

UKC = United Kennel Club

UTRTCA = United Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Club of America

Top down view of a tan and white Teddy Roosevelt Terrier dog sitting in grass looking up. It has large perk ears, wide round light colored eyes and a brown nose.

Cid the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 1 year old

Close up with the focal point on the dog's brown nose - A tan and white Teddy Roosevelt Terrier dog walking across a grass towards the camera.

Cid the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 1 year old

A tan and white Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is sleeping belly up on a couch. It has a long pointy snout.

Cid the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 1 year old sleeping on the couch

The left side of a shiny coated, black and white Teddy Roosevelt Terrier dog sitting across a wooden bench looking up and to the left. It has perk ears and a very short stubby docked tail.

Champion Lar-Mon's Meanest of All aka Mackie, photo courtesy of Lar-Mon Kennels

Top down view of a white and black with brown Teddy Roosevelt Terrier sitting on a concrete surface, it is looking up and to the left. It has large perk ears that are set wide apart with wide forehead and a pointy muzzle and black nose.

Teensy-Marie West the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 3 years old—"Teensy is a hyper ball of energy, but she does have her lazy days. She loves to lie out in the sun and sleep on what seem like the hottest days for me, she wants to sunbathe for a few hours. Teensy LOVES walks and meeting new people. When I break out the brush, she darts across the yard and I call her back to me…then she will sprawl out on the ground and get brushed. LOL! I love this little dog. To think, I used to hate little dogs. It took me a year to get used to Teensy, and I was very close to giving up this little pooch because of my training mistakes. I back-tracked and corrected them…now we go almost everywhere together. Teensy is spoiled!! She gets toys from Petco when we go, even though I know she would tear them apart in 3 hours or a day. She eats Merrick dry, Merrick canned food, Beggin' Strips, Alpo variety treats, Charlie Bear treats, Original Milk Bones or sometimes scraps (good ones) and oatmeal, chicken juice (broth) and vegetables. She's very accident prone and has been patched up for a cut paw, pulled a muscle once, ate rat poison thankfully caught her in the act), a small cut on the outside of her eye (led to swollen eye for a day) and many other things. Yep, she's a handful, but she's my handful until the day she dies. Teensy is my first and only dog…I love this little girl so much. Her full name—Teensy Marie West."

Front view - A white and black with brown Teddy Roosevelt Terrier dog running across a walkway with a red tennis ball in its mouth. The dog's tail is up in the air.

Teensy-Marie West the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 3 years old with a red ball in her mouth

Action shot - A white and black with brown Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is jumping in grass to grab a green donut toy out of the air. The dog has large perk ears and its front paws are off of the ground.

Teensy-Marie West the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 3 years old catching her toy

Close up front view - A tricolor white and black with brown Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is sitting in grass, it is looking forward, its mouth is open, its tongue is sticking out and it looks like it is smiling. The dogs ears are pinned back and it has a big black nose and almond shaped brown eyes.

Teensy-Marie West the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 3 years old

The right side of a white and black with brown Teddy Roosevelt Terrier that is standing across a couch with its front legs up on the arm looking forward. It has large perk ears and a long tail that curls up at the end.

Teensy-Marie West the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at 3 years old on the sofa