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Tenterfield Terrier



There's just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home, they're thrilled to see you. They're good for the ego.
- Janet Schnellman

Tenterfield Terrier puppy

Sirius Boroke

Tenterfield Terrier adult
Dalvale White Cloud 

The Tenterfield Terrier is descended from English terriers developed to go to ground after vermin. These dogs are small enough to chase their quarry from their dens and then  leap into the saddlebags of the hunters to continue the pursuit on horseback.

Terriers are the vermin catchers of the dog world, and Tenterfield Terriers were brought to Australia in its early days as working dogs for ratting and hunting fox and rabbit. They flourished until they could be found on nearly every farm.  

The Tenterfield Terrier stands 11 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a smooth coat that is mostly white with black, liver and/or tan markings. His tail is docked or naturally bobtailed. Grooming requirements are minimal.

As a true terrier, the Tenterfield Terrier is bold, agile, alert, and lively. Possessing a 'big dog personality in the body of a small dog', the Tenterfield is not the dog to back down, even when faced by other larger breeds. 

A loyal and affectionate dog with the family, he makes a good companion for children, the elderly, and even with cats with early obedience training and socialization! The Tenterfield gets along well with other dogs and is often seen with larger canine companions.

It should be emphasized that the Tenterfield Terrier is used to working and is fearless while on the hunt. He has a high energy level. He requires daily outdoor exercise. He is very intelligent and will invent his own entertainment if bored.


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Kate Baumber, Sirius Kennels



Kate Baumber
Box 524
Bragg Creek, AB   T0L 0K0
(403) 949-8486

Sirius Kennels





Did you know?

Dogs are believed to 
have descended from a prehistoric animal not
unlike a wolf called Tomarctus 
("father of dogs").
Tomarctus roamed the 
Earth about 
15,000,000 years ago.


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