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Teddy Roosevelt Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 10 to 25 pounds
Height: 8 to15 inches
Longevity: 16
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

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There was a time that Teddy Roosevelt Terrier dogs and the various Rat Terrier types were considered one and the same. Years of varying breeding methods and lineages used created two different types of Rat Terriers. The Standard Rat Terriers and the Short-legged Rat Terrier, which was later renamed as the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier.

Official Name

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
This American terrier breed is also called the Teddy Roosevelt Rat Terrier and the Short-legged Rat Terrier.


Date – Early part of the 20th Century
Country – United States of America
Family / Group – Terrier

Recognized By:
United Teddy Roosevelt Terrier Club of America
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


Teddy Roosevelt Terriers were named in honor of American icon Teddy Roosevelt. He personally bred a pack of short-legged Rat Terriers, which were the pool used to fuel and further develop the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier breeding program.

Teddy terriers are essentially Rat Terriers that have shorter legs and longer bodies. Some classify these terriers as Class B Rat Terriers. Fans of the Teddy do not agree as they treat the two varieties as entirely different breeds. Teddy terriers share the same breeding and lineage history of the Standard Rat Terrier where it came from. Read the Rat Terrier, Dog Breed Guide Article to learn more about this breeds breeding history and development.


Lively, friendly and affection towards their family… that is the Teddy. These terrier type dogs are famous for being a one- person dog, bonding to a family member and offering them their utmost loyalty and devotion. They are dogs that will always get along with everyone, may they by children, other dogs and also other pet animals.

Bred For

Developed to be used in hunting trips, companion dogs, family pets as well as tasks that are considered as terrier work.


The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier will be a good apartment dog only if they are given sufficient activities to satisfy their energy needs.


These terrier types of dogs are one of the easiest to groom!


Training Teddy Terriers will be easy as these dogs are naturally eager to please and quick to learn.


Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are prone to have mange and develop luxating patellas.


Teddy Roosevelt Terriers require ample amounts of activity to satisfy their energy needs. Teddy Terriers should be taken on long walks or jogging every day.