About the Teddy

History of the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier


What is a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier?

They are a small to medium-sized American hunting terrier. Lower-set with shorter legs, more muscular, and heavier bone density than its cousin the American Rat Terrier. There is much diversity in the history of the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier breed and it shares a common early history with the American Rat Terrier and several other breeds.

How did the Teddy get its name?

This is a simple question with a little bit of a complex answer. In short (pun intended), Teddies haven't always been known by their presidential name. Teddies are a "cousin" to the American Rat Terrier and were previously known as a "Type B Rat Terrier." Prior to being named the Type B, Teddies were also know as a Bench Legged Feist, After being recognized as a separate breed, in 1999 they became known as the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier, in honor of the much loved 26th President of the United States.

Teddies have a wonderful temperament!
Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are family dogs that love to please. Whether a Teddy lives on a farm or in a city apartment, this special breed is a wonderful member of any family. They are well-known to be wonderfully affectionate, energetic and alert dogs whose curiosity and intelligence make them very easy to train.

They are an exceptional all-around dog!
True to a terrier's nature, they will also hunt squirrel, love to dig up moles, and will rid the premise of any unwanted vermin. In addition to being excellent hunters, Teddies are quick to cuddle up on the couch by your side, travel well, and are wonderfully good with children and the disabled. It's often said that Teddies "come with an on and off switch," being playful and silly one minute and then easily settle and become calm, the next. No doubt, TRTs are adaptable to their surroundings and are truly devoted family pets. Even "big dog people" easily fall in love with Teddies, since they tend to act like and easily befriend larger dog breeds.

Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are certainly sturdy dogs! They participate in a wide variety of physically active events: Agility, Weight Pull, Barn Hunt, and more. Of course, if given a chance, rounding up rats and squirrels is a Teddy's favorite pastime!