Terriers are a top choice of many dog owners all around the world. They are very well-known and defined by their fearless, playful, and energetic personalities. This isn’t to say that all terriers are this way. In fact, there are quite a few breeds of terriers that I’ve found to be quite calm and relaxed, contrary to what one might believe.
As long as you’re willing to put in the work to train, care for, and exercise your dog, you’ll find out just how loyal, calm, and obedient some terrier breeds can be.
Compiled below our what I believe to be some of the calmest terrier breeds to own.
Bull terriers are gentle, affectionate and playful with family members. They also are loyal pets that will guard the family. As with any large or tough breed, proper precautions around strangers, children, and other animals are essential.
If not given enough exercise and attention from the owners, Bull terriers can be destructive. It’s also extremely important that you socialize bull terriers at a young age.
Standing about 18 inches at the shoulder, Irish Terriers are a sturdy yet graceful breed of dog. This is a dog with an active mind and body. The Irish Terrier needs daily entertainment and exercise and would be an excellent walking, jogging, or hiking companion.
If you’re an active person who wants a loyal yet calm companion, then this terrier is the perfect match for you.
Scottish terriers are quite an independent and stubborn dog. They are also highly intelligent which makes them quite a good watchdog. While they are very devoted to their family, it can take some time for them to warm up to strangers.
Due to their incredibly short legs, they’re not going to want to go jogging or any type of long-distance exercise with you.
Independent and a true terrier, the Welsh Terrier is charming, cocky, and confident. Their inquisitive nature may lead him into trouble, but he’ll take care of any rodent problem that you may have. He will find his own fun, so it’s best to channel his energy into acceptable venues.
They will be much more likely to settle down at home after a good walk so exercise is definitely recommended.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Weighing no more than 24 pounds, Dandies are alert and intelligent watchdogs with a big baritone bark. Dandies enjoy romping and cuddling with kids, but aren’t as hyper as some small dogs.
They are terriers, though, with typical willfulness, independence, and courage. Dandie owners get the best results with positive, motivational training.
Before you adopt a dog, it’s important to get yourself a high-quality training leash such as the ones listed here.
If you’re considering adopting anyone of the terriers listed above, please let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear you’re thoughts.