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Group 3 dogs: Terriers, what are the particularities?

Group 3 (Terriers) includes 34 dog breeds as recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and is the exact reflection of the list communicated by the Société Centrale Canine (SCC). This Group 3 is divided into four sections, each grouping breeds of dogs with similarities either in terms of use or morphological criteria. Here is everything you need to know about Group 3, which includes only Terrier-type canines whose primary function is digging.

First section of Group 3: Large and Medium Terriers

The fifteen dog breeds in Section 1 are very lively and agile.
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Terrier brasileiro
  • Parson Russel Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Fox Terrier Smooth
  • Fox Terrier Wire
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Deutscher Jagdterrier

Second section of Group 3: Small Terriers

This second section includes twelve dog breeds.
  • Jack Russel Terrier (wire-haired, wire-haired or smooth-haired)
  • Nihon Teria
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier Xxx
  • Ceský Teriér or Czech Terrier (either blue-grey or light brown)
  • Australian Terrier

Third section of Group 3: Bull Terriers

Here are four Group 3 dog breeds, three of which originated in Great Britain and one (the last one on the list) in the United States.
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • English Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire terrier

Fourth section of Group 3: Terriers of approval

This last section of Group 3 has only three dog breeds, small to medium sized dogs with a strong character.
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Australian Silky Terrier
  • English Toy Terrier black and tan

Main characteristics of Group 3 dogs

Group 3 dogs are Terriers. They have been used for a very long time to hunt vermin: to locate, track, flush out, dig up, even if this required the dog to infiltrate the den or bed of the animal in question. Group 3 dogs have provided many services, whether on ships, farms or homes. They are excellent hunters, but they have also proven themselves as herding dogs, such as the Border Terrier.

Independent, willing, courageous, they brave their fear. They have a good temperament, are full of dynamism, and are also very appreciated for their devotion and their intelligence which allows them to quickly understand the orders given by their master and to submit to them. They have a good liveliness of body and mind, so that they show a great reactivity.

Today, Group 3 dogs are mostly adopted as companion dogs. They are loyal and very attached to their master. They generally have a coat that requires very regular maintenance. As for the ideal master, he must be firm and energetic to impose himself in front of these whole characters and feel capable of educating this type of canine. But he must also like to share time with his little companion, play with him and take him out often.