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Old English Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Old English Terrier
OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Old English Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Black Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Old English Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Old English Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Old English 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? Old English Terrier price:
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Old English Terrier History

The oldest written use of the word ‘Terrier’ dates back to 1440, which shows that these types of dogs were already known in England at the time. However, some evidence shows that generally, they are much older than that. The word ‘Terrier’ originates back to the French term “Chein Terre” which means Earth and Ground dog. They received this name as originally they were used to catch small animals. Nobody knows exactly how the first Terriers were developed but some have developed theories and it is mostly agreed that they were developed within the confines of the British Isles from local breeds. They also suggest that the Terriers may share an ancestry with the Irish Wolfhound or Scottish Deerhound.

However they developed, they became popular among English farmers as their task was to kill the rats, mice, rabbits, foxes, and other pets that caused problems for the farmers. By doing so these dogs helped to increase agricultural yields and the farmers’ income. Although as time went by Terriers were considered miniature killers, aggressive to any creature which was the same size or smaller than them, energetic, athletic, and very pain tolerant. At one point there were dozens of distinct Terrier varieties found in Britain.

By the 18th century, the Old English Terrier was also known as the Black Terrier which moved into two types; the rough-coated and the smooth-coated Terrier. It was one of the oldest terrier breeds, which is now believed to be extinct and is said to be the ancestor of the Welsh Terrier and all Fell Terrier breeds. However we are not completely sure of its origin there have been several articles and books published about the subject such as Robert Leighton, who was writing early in the twentieth century in his book the Dogs And All About Them, published in 1914. He gave an admirable summary of the emerging and non-emerging breeds including the terriers of England as well and writes “A wire-haired black and tan terrier was once common in Suffolk and Norfolk, where it was much used for rabbiting, but it may now be extinct, or, if not extinct, probably identified with the Welsh Terrier, which it closely resembled in size and coloring.”

Even though the Old English Terrier is nowadays extinct, its blood continues in a number of other breeds like the Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, Gull Terr, and Wire Fox Terrier, etc.

Old English Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Old English Terrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Old English Terrier weigh? Old English Terrier weight:
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Old English Terrier? Old English Terrier average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Old English Terrier? Old English Terrier height:
Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Old English Terrier average height:
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Old English Terrier Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Old English Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
HarshWaterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Old English Terrier's coat?
Black
Grooming
How to groom the Old English Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The Old English Terrier requires minimal 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 sometimes to avoid infections. Old English Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Old English Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Black Terrier? Old English Terrier shedding level:
Old English Terriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Old English Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Old English Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateNervousQuickLazyCouch PotatoCompanionable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Old English Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Low: The Old English Terrier if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Old English Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Old English Terriers are hard to train. They don't really get the association between commands and actions. If you want them to obey, you should be very consistent and patient while teaching.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Old English Terriers don't really like playing. You need to find another activity to make them happy.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Old English Terrier sensitivity:
Old English Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Old English 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 considered as a 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 Black Terrier need? Old English Terrier social needs:
Old English 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 Old English Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Black Terrier bark?
Low: The Old English Terrier barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Old English Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Old English Terriers are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Old English Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Old English Terriers can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Old English Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Black Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Old English Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Old English 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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Old English Terrier do?
Old English Terriers have lower 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 Old English Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Old English Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Old English Terrier roam?
Old English Terriers are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Old English Terrier have high prey drive?
Old English 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 Old English Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Old English Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Old English Terrier fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Old English Terrier tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Old English Terriers adapt badly to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't tolerate moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Old English Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Old English Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Old English Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Old English Terrier temperament with other people:
Old English Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Old English Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Old English Terrier temperament with children:
Old English Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Old English 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?
Old English Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Old English Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Old English Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Old English Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Old English Terrier is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Old English Terriers good office dogs? Do Old English Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Old English Terriers be office dogs?
No
Old English Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Old English Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Black Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Old English Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Old English Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Old English Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Old English Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Old English Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Old English Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Old English Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Old English 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). Old English Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Old English Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Old English 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. Old English Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Old English Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
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. Old English Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Old English Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
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 Old English Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Old English Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Old English Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Old English 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. Old English Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Old English Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Old English Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Old English Terriers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Old English Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Old English Terrier be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Old English Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Old English 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 Old English Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Old English Terrier?
Old English Terriers are low energy dogs. They like sleeping hours on a comfortable couch.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Old English Terrier dogs require per day?
Old English Terriers exercise need is very minimal. If you live a lazy life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Old English Terriers need a lot of sleep. They love naps during the day. If you live a lazy life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Old English Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Old English Terrier risk for obesity:
High: The Old English Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Old English Terrier more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Old English Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Old English Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Old English 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 Old English Terrier drool?
The Old English Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Old English 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 minimal compared to others, just like the Old English Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Old English 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 Old English 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.
How often can the Old English Terrier have a litter? 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 Old English Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-9 puppies, average 5

Old English Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Old English Terrier fajta.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Old English Terrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Old English Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Old English Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Old English Terriers are not the biggest explorers.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Old English Terrier if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Trainability: Old English Terriers are hard to train.
  • Health Issues: Old English Terriers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Old English Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Old English Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Watchdog Ability: Old English Terriers are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Adaptability: Old English Terriers adapt badly to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Old English Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Old English Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Old English Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Old English Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Old English Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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