This loyal, active and playful breed is at its best as a member of its human family. Intelligent and trainable, Teddy Roosevelt Terriers enjoy participating in any activities their people are engaged in, including a good snuggle on the couch. The breed sheds seasonally and requires brushing with a soft brush or rubber curry mitt.
Beyond regular weekly grooming with a brush, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly to avoid oral disease which affects the overall health of the dog.
Intelligent and trainable, Teddy Roosevelt Terriers excel in many events including agility and obedience. These events serve as excellent exercise outlets and bonding opportunities between dog and handler. Teddies thrive on praise and make excellent house dogs and can be crate trained, but they do not do well in kennels, consistently tied-up, or as outside-only dogs where they are isolated from people. Beyond their intelligence, they are unusually intuitive, anxious to please, and determined.
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, cardiac and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.