The rare Atlas Terrier was developed in the United States from Jack Russell Terriers, Patterdale Terriers, Border Terriers and Rat Terriers by Lauren Wolfe, who initially wanted to improve the health of her Jack Russell Terriers, but then opted for the creation of a completely new breed. This is a tenacious and resilient working dog, posessing all of the best qualities of its parent breeds, but without the health issues associated with some of them. An excellent small game hunter, the Atlas Terrier is also an agreable family pet, thanks to its loving personality and trainability. However, this driven little worker needs early socialization to help control its tendency to chase small animals and possible confrontations with other dogs.
Alert, playful and easily bored, the Atlas Terrier requires plenty of excercise to prevent destructive behaviour, both inside the house and in the yard. This lovely dog is still uncommon even in America, but the Atlas Terrier Association was established in 2001, to help promote the breed, but also to ensure proper and responsible breeding practices and health testing. Strongly built and muscular, the Atlas Terrier has sturdy legs, a fairly broad chest and a powerful head. The tail is usually docked for working dogs, but it isn't a requirement for companions.
Coming in both the smooth-coated and wire-haired varieties, the Atlas Terrier can be seen in any colour, including solid, bicolour and merle, with minimal white markings. The breed has been classified into three sizes, these being the Toy, Miniature and Standard Atlas Terrier, ranging in height from 9 inches to 16 inches at the withers.
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