Teddy Roosevelt Terriers: A Complete Guide

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The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier used to be called a short-legged Rat Terrier. It has the body of a traditional Rat Terrier, but its legs are shorter and more stout.

The reason these used to be called a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is that for a while they were president Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite household dog.

A white and black Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is often howling.

Reportedly during Teddy Roosevelt’s first week in office, they helped to clear the entire White House out of thousands of rats.

After that Teddy Roosevelt would always keep these trusty little Terriers hanging around the house.

Today they are a favorite American household pet.  They are small fun-loving, happy little dogs. They are very high energy, and they love to run around outdoors.

If you’re into hunting small game, the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier also makes a wonderful hunting dog.

They can chase just about any small rabbit or raccoon through even the darkest and dirtiest of woods.

These dogs are incredibly easy to train. You will often find them in dog shows because of this.

Their small, nimble bodies can perform tricks and agile maneuvers, and their obedient demeanor means that they will learn these tricks and half the time as it would take many other dogs to do the same.

Teddy Roosevelt Terriers make a great outdoor pet. However, they can do okay in small apartments as long as they are taken out of the house for at least an hour a day.

If they don’t get the proper exercise that they need, then they have been known to get a little wild around the house.

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

These puppies are really happy and fun-loving, but they require the right environment. It is important to know what you are getting into before you bring one of these little guys home.

What Price are Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Puppies?

You can bring home one of these adorable Teddy Roosevelt Terriers for right around $900. If you look hard enough, then you can probably find one for right around $600.

These little Terriers tend to have large litters which means that if you can find a small breeder or a family whose dogs just had puppies, then you can often find a great deal on them. They have also been known to be giving away for free sometimes.

However, if you go to most larger breeders who can produce all the necessary papers then you can expect to usually pay around $900 on average and sometimes up to $1000 if they come from a show dog.

However, these dogs have a long lifespan and will stay in your family for many years, so they make a good investment.

How to Find Reputable Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Breeders?

These dogs are very easy to recognize. They look like the iconic Rat Terrier but with shorter stouter legs. This means that they are a very hard dog to fake. The popularity of these dogs May things that they are bred pretty much all across the United States.

However, they aren’t as popular in other countries across the world so if you are looking to purchase a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier from overseas then you’ll probably have to make a trip over to the United States.

As with most breeders, you will want to find one that doesn’t have too many dogs in their kennel. This means that the breeders can pay more individual attention to the dogs.

Dogs that come from small-time breeders tend to be happier and healthier.

3 Little-known facts about Teddy Roosevelt Terrier puppies

  1. They are loyal guard dogs and will make a bunch of noise if they suspect an intruder is near.
  2. The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a rough-and-tumble type of dog and can handle being around loud and rambunctious children.
  3. These dogs get along best with family members if they are socialized with them at a young age as a puppy. This means that it is best to purchase these dogs as puppies rather than adopting them later in life.

Physical Traits of the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

These short and stout dogs in their puppyhood are usually around 10 lb and are only about 7 inches off the ground. However, they almost double and size after the first 2 years.

They have short and squat legs that are muscular and give them a bunch of explosive power allowing them to jump a lot higher than you would expect them to naturally.

Their fur is short and close-cropped and has a little bit of a rough texture to it.

Fortunately, this means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time grooming them and in fact, it’s only recommended that you groom them once a month. You also won’t have to worry about them shedding a whole lot.

A small Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier’s fur is short and close-cropped.

Their base fur color is almost always white and it is speckled and spotted with dark brown, red, black, or even golden colors.

Finding an all-white Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is pretty rare, and when you do, they usually go for a higher price.

There is quite a lot of variety when looking at this dog’s facial features. Their eyes can either be hazel, amber or brown depending on their parents’ eyes.

Their nose can either be black, brown, or blue. Their eyes are large and beady, and few things escape their attention.

How Big is a Full-Grown Teddy Roosevelt Terrier?

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is classified as a small to medium-sized dog. Fully grown they only weigh about 17 lb, and their shoulder height from the ground is right around a foot.

Don’t mistake their small stature for lack of courage, however.

These dogs will do just about anything to prove a point. If they feel offended by a larger dog, then they will try to fight them even though they know that they cannot win.

However, their small size makes them a great house pet. They love to explore their environment and will quickly learn the layout of your house and backyard.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier?

The sturdy Teddy Roosevelt Terrier can easily live up to 17 or 18 years if they are kept healthy and given proper exercise.

All the lower end of the spectrum they have been known to pass away around 13 or 14 years, but this is rare and is usually the direct result of disease or overfeeding.

This means that they are a great family-oriented pet. They will stick around for many years and watch your children grow up.

Not only that but they will protect these children and be their constant companion for their entire lives.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Teddy Roosevelt Terriers have a very fun-loving and pleasant temperament. They’re full of energy and love to run around playing fetch with the ball or just be chased around the backyard.

If you run them around the neighborhood, they will be sure to keep up with you the entire time. Even though they have short legs, they are very fast.

Looking at their temperament, they are very feisty dogs. They have been known to get in fights with other small dogs (and large dogs) over simple misunderstandings.

This is mostly because they are territorial. If there is another dog or a person who they do not recognize walking on to their property, then they will quickly sound the alarm with loud barking and possibly a little bit of growling.

For some people, this feisty temperament may be undesirable, and in this case, you can usually train it out of them in their early life.

It is important to try and train these dogs yourself if you are going to train them because they will form quick bonds with the people who give them orders.

Often, when they are entrusted to a foreign trainer they have been known to become more loyal to them than they are to their real masters. When they are given back to their family home, they still have obedience issues.

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier’s Diet

These small little Terriers don’t need to eat a whole lot.

As puppies, they will eat maybe around 3/4 of a cup of food per day and as grown adult dogs you can expect them to eat around 1 to 2 cups of food a day depending on their activity level.

As with most dogs, you do not want to overfeed this dog as they have been known to develop diabetes and later life.

This can be avoided as long as they are given high-quality dog food and their blood sugar is regulated.

How Much Exercise Does a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Need?

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier needs a lot of exercises. They are happiest when they are given free rein of the outdoors and can spend sunup to sundown chasing around small vermin and happily running around outdoors.

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier with its namesake
Theodore Roosevelt’s family posing with their Teddy Roosevelt Terrier.

This means that these dogs do not do well in small apartments or enclosed rooms.

If you live in a smaller space and still want it on one of these dogs, you need to make sure that you can give them adequate exercise.

They will need to be taken out for at least an hour a day to a local park or just a run around the neighborhood.

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Health and Conditions

Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are healthy dogs for the most part. The main problems that they may develop are Hip Dysplasia or cataracts in their old age.

As long as they are fed well and the get the proper amount of exercise, however, then they will remain happy and healthy throughout their entire life.

What are the best types of toys?

While it is true that a loving and caring human is all that a pet needs, your Teddy Roosevelt Terrier will also certainly want entertaining toys to play with.

Moreover, toys are a simple solution to the problem of leaving your pet alone at home for a long period of time, for instance, when you have to go to work.

Apart from that, sometimes a dog is not in a jolly mood to energetically play with its owner(s) and simply wants to lay down and play a little with its toys.

These circumstances make it essential for you to buy a few interesting toys for your Teddy Roosevelt Terrier according to its size, weight, and interests.

With an average height of 14 inches and weighing about 17 pounds, this dog has a very small and delicate stature which is why you must choose small and lightweight toys to ensure its safety.

Like most dogs, the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier would love to play with a ball but you should make sure that it is not too heavy or large to accidentally cause pain to your pet.

Dental chews are another favorite of this small dog and you can easily find them in various delicious flavors.

Also, you can get your Teddy Roosevelt Terrier a KONG chew toy which is very durable and excellent for your dog’s oral health.

Plus, by filling it up with tasty treats you can make your dog chew it for longer and with more interest.

Another entertaining toy for this dog is a rubber bone made out of nylon which is reliable enough to chew for hours.

You should also keep a quick tip in mind and keep your dog’s toys clean and germ-free since a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier will likely lick or chew most of them.

Final Thoughts on the Teddy Roosevelt TerrierA baby Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

If you’re looking for a small, energetic dog, the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier will make a wonderful addition to your household.

As long as they are introduced to kids at an early age, they will get along well with them and will even be quite protective of them.

The most important thing to remember with these dogs is that they have a whole lot of energy, and if they don’t get enough exercise they will take this energy out on your house.

So be sure that you can provide this dog with everything they need before you decide to bring one home.

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