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Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

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Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
Alternative names
Type B or Short-legged Rat Terrier
Country of origin
United States
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
UKC: Terriers
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a dog breed. It is a terrier formerly known as a Type B or Short Legged Rat Terrier.

When the types were separated, the new breed was named in honor of US President Theodore Roosevelt as it is believed that he owned this type of ratting terrier.


The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a sturdy dog in the preferred length-to-height ratio of 10:7 or 10:8. It comes in a variety of colours and markings but must have some white; a solid white dog is acceptable. Merles and any solid coloured coat other than white are disqualified. A square or long-legged dog is disqualified. The dog has a broad wedge-shaped head, v-shaped ears button or erect, slightly oval feet, and a docked tail is preferred. A scissor bite is preferred but a level bite is acceptable.

The breed standard specifies that the dog is to be evaluated as a working terrier and hence ‘honorable scars’ (those received in the field) are not to be penalized.

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1999.

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