Decker Hunting Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Decker Hunting Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Decker Hunting Terrier have?
DeckerDecker GiantDecker Rat TerrierGiant Rat Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Decker Hunting Terrier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Decker Hunting Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Decker Hunting Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Decker Hunting Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Decker Hunting Terrier gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Decker Hunting Terrier?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Decker Hunting Terrier Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Decker Hunting Terrier weigh? Decker Hunting Terrier weight:
25-38 pounds (11-17 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Decker Hunting Terrier? Decker Hunting Terrier average weight:
31.5 pounds (14 kg)
Height
How tall is the Decker Hunting Terrier? Decker Hunting Terrier height:
18-23 inches (46-58 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Decker Hunting Terrier average height:
20.5 inches (52 cm)

Decker Hunting Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Decker Hunting Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseShinySmoothDoubleClose Fitting
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Decker Hunting Terrier's coat?
TanBrownWhiteBlue TricolorBlackBlack & TanRedRed & WhiteTri-SpottedSolid RedBlue & WhiteRed BrindleSable
Grooming
How to groom the Decker Hunting Terrier and how often?
Easy to groom: The Decker Hunting Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Decker Hunting Terrier is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Decker?
Decker Hunting Terriers shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Decker Hunting Terrier breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Decker Hunting Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Decker Hunting Terrier every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Decker Hunting Terrier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Decker Hunting Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateInquisitiveLovingAlertLivelyActiveIntelligentFearlessPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Decker Hunting Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Decker Hunting Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Decker Hunting Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Decker Hunting Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Decker Hunting Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Decker Hunting Terrier sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Decker Hunting Terriers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Decker Hunting Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Decker need? Decker Hunting Terrier social needs:
Decker Hunting Terriers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Decker bark?
Average: The Decker Hunting Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Decker Hunting Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Decker Hunting Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Decker Hunting Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Decker Hunting Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Decker Hunting Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Decker Hunting Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Decker? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Decker Hunting Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Decker Hunting Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Decker Hunting Terrier has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Decker Hunting Terrier bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Decker Hunting Terrier, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Decker Hunting Terrier do?
Decker Hunting Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Decker Hunting Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Decker Hunting Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Decker Hunting Terrier roam?
Decker Hunting Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Decker Hunting Terrier have high prey drive?
Decker Hunting Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Decker Hunting Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Decker Hunting Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Decker Hunting Terrier breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Decker Hunting Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Decker Hunting Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Decker Hunting Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Decker Hunting Terrier temperament with other people:
Decker Hunting Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Decker Hunting Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Decker Hunting Terriers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Decker Hunting Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Decker Hunting Terrier temperament with children:
Decker Hunting Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Decker Hunting Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Decker Hunting Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Decker Hunting Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Decker Hunting Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Decker Hunting Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Decker Hunting Terriers good office dogs? Do Decker Hunting Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Decker Hunting Terriers be office dogs?
No
Decker Hunting Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Decker temperament with senior people? Are Decker Hunting Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Decker Hunting Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Decker Hunting Terrier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Decker Hunting Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Decker Hunting Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Decker Hunting Terrier breed? Most common health risks of Decker Hunting Terrier:
Eye ProblemsHeart ProblemsHip DysplasiaLegg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationCataractsDeafnessDistichiasisLens Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Decker Hunting Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Decker Hunting Terrier see the vet?
Average
The Decker Hunting Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Decker Hunting Terrier be? What is the age limit of the Decker Hunting Terrier? How many years can the oldest Decker Hunting Terrier live?
13-15 years
The average lifespan of Decker Hunting Terrier: 14 years
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Decker Hunting Terrier: 16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Decker Hunting Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Decker Hunting Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Decker Hunting Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Decker Hunting Terrier?
Decker Hunting Terriers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Decker Hunting Terrier dogs require per day?
Decker Hunting Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Decker Hunting Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Decker Hunting Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Decker Hunting Terrier risk for obesity:
Average: The Decker Hunting Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Decker Hunting Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Decker Hunting Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Decker Hunting Terrier drool?
The Decker Hunting Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Decker Hunting Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Decker Hunting Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Decker Hunting Terrier As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Decker Hunting Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Decker Hunting Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Decker Hunting Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Decker Hunting Terrier be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Decker Hunting Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Decker Hunting Terrier be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Decker Hunting Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Decker Hunting Terrier be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Decker Hunting Terrier breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Decker Hunting Terrier be a boat dog?

Not really

Decker Hunting Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Decker Hunting Terrier be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Decker Hunting Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Decker Hunting Terrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Decker Hunting Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Decker Hunting Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Decker Hunting Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-7 puppies

Decker Hunting Terrier Recognition

AKC Group
Is Decker Hunting Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Decker Hunting Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Decker Hunting Terrier breed?
National Rat Terrier Association (NRTA)Decker Hunting Terrier Registry (DHTR)

Decker Hunting Terrier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Decker Hunting Terrier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Decker Hunting Terriers are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Decker Hunting Terrier breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Decker Hunting Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Decker Hunting Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Decker Hunting Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Decker Hunting Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Decker Hunting Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Decker Hunting Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Decker Hunting Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Decker Hunting Terriers shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Decker Hunting Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Decker Hunting Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Decker Hunting Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Decker Hunting Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Decker Hunting Terrier History

Early history

The Decker Hunting Terrier’s history and ancestry are very well-documented, because of the fact that it is a relatively newly developed terrier breed. It is thought that the breed was first created by a man named Milton Decker, near Eugene in Oregon, United States of America.

Development story

According to the story, Milton Decker, while shopping for plant stock for his nursery in the 1970s, he came across a group of Terrier mix dogs at the local whole stock gardening supply store. He was then offered to pick one specimen from the pack, to take him or her home. He chose one of the larger dogs, one who was way calmer and more even-tempered than the others, a three-year-old specimen, who weight about 32 pounds. This specimen was later named by Milton, Henry. As it was found out, later on, Henry was a mixture between a good old farm dog named Jack, and a Smooth-Haired Fox Terrier named Frosty Dew. Henry was a really talented and intelligent specimen, it was not long until Milton discovered his hunting instincts and other capabilities which included tracking, treeing, and jumping deer.

Breeding process

When Milton learned that Henry’s dam passed away shortly after he acquired the canine, he decided to breed Henry, with the intention of preserving his natural hunting instincts, and pleasing natural and calm temperament. Milton started to search for high-quality dogs for Henry to breed with. These breeds were mostly Rat Terriers, the preferred specimens included the ones with the strongest hunting instinct, with a larger physical appearance, erect ears, and a generally calm natural behavior. Moreover, in order to enhance the breed’s prey drive and to add on the size, a few Basenji breeds were also used in the initial breed foundation. At the very beginning, this newly developed terrier strain was called “Decker Giants” referring to the breed’s bigger sizes. By the 1980s, the Decker Hunting Terrier strain was finalized and pure. In 1993, Milton Decker was able to leave the further development of the breed, in the hands of other very successful breeders like Tim Brown, Rosalie Riner, Arlene Fischer, and many others, along with the help of the National Rat Terrier Association. The Association had been tracking the development of the breed and its bloodline for many years and have also allowed the Decker line to be listed among their pedigrees since 1995.

Position today

Today the Decker Hunting Terrier is not among the most famous terrier breeds, and they are not widely recognized among the kennel clubs and other canine organizations. The only exemption is that the NRTA (National Rat Terrier Association) recognizes them. Most of the people keep Decker Hunting Terriers as family companions, rather than hunting partners. The breed gets along really well with an active lifestyle thus the breed is very much liked by terrier lovers.

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