Which Terrier Breed Are You?

By: Ian Fortey

Which Terrier Breed Are You?
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About This Quiz

The world is full of dog lovers, and there are just a whole lot of different kinds of dog out there to love. Who can look at a bug-eyed little pug puppy and not immediately want to dress it in a sweater and turn it into a model on the internet? It's impossible. But of all the kinds of dogs out there in the world, it's the terriers that are often the hardest to overlook. 

Something about these scrappy dogs is hard to ignore. They're often energetic, upbeat and full of beans no matter what's going on. Part of that is because of the fact they were bred pretty much for that purpose. Terriers were prized for their ability to take down rats and mice and in some cases even badgers. They could chase down prey and even follow them into burrows. The name "terrier" actually comes from the word for "earth" after all. These pups are born to work the land!

Obviously, most of us don't need a dog to hunt rats in holes anymore, but the various terrier breeds still have generations of activity bursting forth from inside them. They're some of the most fun dogs in the world, and that's something we can all relate to. Want to find out which terrier is most like you? Which pup is wagging its tail in your soul? Better take the quiz and see!

Are you the kind of person who has a strict workout routine or not?
Not really, no
I have workout times, yes.
Not in the slightest
I'm always doing something, but it's not on a schedule.

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Say it's Friday at four in the afternoon and you have no plans for that evening. How likely are you to throw together a party for that night?
Um. Maybe? It could happen.
I need more time to prepare.
That seems like a lot of work.
I could do that.

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How much fun would you say you have at work every day?
It's not terrible, but I don't know that I'd call it fun.
It's not really a fun job.
I guess I have fun sometimes.
I love my job! I have fun every day.

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How well do you get along with people when you first meet them?
I can be a bit standoffish at first.
I'm fine with new people.
I can be a little reserved at first.
I love new people!

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When you get angry, would you say that your bark is worse than your bite?
No, my bite is a lot worse.
Well, I try not to let things get that far in the first place.
I'm all bark.
I guess it could go either way.

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Terriers are usually one category for dogs at a dog show. Which of these other categories of dogs do you like best?
Sporting dogs
Working dogs
Toy dogs
Non-sporting dogs

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What's the best kind of food to feed to your dog?
Kibble
Raw diet
Canned dog food
Scraps of human food plus dog food

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Which TV dog was clearly the best TV dog out of all of these?
Scooby Doo
Jake from "Adventure Time"
Santa's Little Helper from "The Simpsons"
Eddie from "Frasier"

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If you couldn't have a dog as a pet, what kind of pet do you think you'd have?
A python
A macaw
A cat
A rabbit

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It's four o'clock in the morning; where in the house should your dog be?
Keeping guard
In the kennel sleeping
At the foot of the bed
Knowing my dog? Running around the house causing trouble.

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What kind of hair do you like a dog to have?
Short hair that doesn't need grooming.
Curly haired dogs are cool.
I like a dog that needs a haircut now and then.
Wirey, scruffy hair

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Do you need to train your dog to follow some commands?
Yes, your dog needs to listen and understand.
Some basic commands like "sit" or "come" would be great.
Eh, as long as it knows its name.
A few tricks would be fun.

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How do you correct a dog that's being bad?
Dogs aren't bad, they just don't understand what they should do sometimes.
If your dog is acting out in some way, correct it as soon as it happens.
Try to reason with it.
Maybe some training classes

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Dogs like doing stuff, so how important is it to walk the dog every single day?
Extremely important
Your dog should have at least one walk a day.
Playing around the house can be good.
A run in the yard can burn off some energy, too.

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You could spend years watching all the movies ever made about dogs, but which of these is the best one?
"Best in Show"
"Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"
"101 Dalmatians"
"My Dog Skip"

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Even though dogs are great, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. What's the worst part of owning a dog?
People who are afraid of them.
Picking up poop on walks.
Indoor accidents
When they tear up stuff around the house

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What's your opinion on posting pics of your dog with a humiliating sign hanging around its neck as part of that dog-shaming trend?
They can make for cute pictures sometimes.
It's a little mean.
I think a lot of those are just fake.
Those are really funny.

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What advantage does a terrier have over a different kind of dog?
They look better than other breeds.
They're smarter than other breeds.
They make better pets than other breeds.
They're more fun than most breeds.

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Terriers were originally bred to hunt small prey. What's a good way to keep them busy in modern times?
Lots of walking and activities
Regular walks and play time
Well, if they still want to hunt mice, why not?
Toys. So many toys.

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What one thing do irresponsible pet owners do that annoys you more than anything else?
Leave the dog barking in the backyard all day
Barely ever walk the dog
Don't properly groom and take care of the dog
Leave the dog in a car on a hot day

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There are a handful of really old school stereotypical dog names out there. Which one would you actually give to a dog?
Rex
Bingo
Rover
Spot

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Would you ever buy clothes for a dog to wear just for fun?
My dog doesn't need clothes.
I'd get a Halloween costume for my dog.
I'd buy all kinds of goofy clothes for my dog.
Maybe a sweater to keep him warm in the winter.

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Dogs and humans have very different ideas on what's acceptable behavior. What doggy habit is the worst?
Trying to sit on your lap when they don't fit on your lap.
Licking. Either themselves or everyone else.
Scooting their butt on the carpet.
When they get a little amorous if you follow.

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What are you most likely to be doing at a party?
Being cool
Chatting with friends
Sitting and chilling
Being the center of attention

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What's your favorite thing to eat when you're heading out for dinner?
A nice, juicy steak
Maybe some pasta or something like that
A pizza is fine.
Fast food of any kind is great.

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Do people get the wrong idea about you based on the way you look?
All the time
Not that I know of
They probably think I'm a little more high maintenance than I am.
I think sometimes.

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What do you most like to do for fun when you have an afternoon free?
I'm up for anything, really.
Go for a run
Sit at home and watch TV
Go out with friends

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How would you defend yourself if you ever got into a physical fight?
Oh, I know how to fight.
I'd try to outsmart the other person.
I'd probably run away.
I can be pretty scrappy.

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What do you think is your best quality?
My strength
My intelligence
My loyalty
My sense of adventure

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What's your absolute favorite place to go out of all of these?
The beach
The park
Home
The mall

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