Decker Hunting Terrier

Breed Rating

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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 25-35 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White


Life Expectancy: About 12 – 15 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Decker Hunting Terrier is working terrier. They are drive when it comes to doing what it views as its job makes it a dog any hunter would be proud to own. They're versatile and love to hunt just about anything that moves which makes them a great choice for many types of hunters, and the fact that they tend to stay close and come back to check on their people is just icing on the cake. Because of their tenacious attitude they are willing to take on prey that may be many times larger than they are, and often don't display any regard for their own safety while doing so. Decker Hunting Terriers are hunted on Squirrel, raccoon, bobcat, deer, feral hogs, waterfowl, upland birds, and vermin.

In recent years, many have begun to breed Decker Rat Terriers primarily as a show dog and companion, without considering a dogs hunting ability before breeding it. The Decker Hunting Terrier Registry is a group of breeders that are dedicated to breeding dogs for hunting ability and temperament, along with conformation, and all around beauty. We are not a group that is against showing dogs, but feel that a dog should have more than just show qualities to be a Decker. Size, temperament, hunting ability, genetic health, conformation, and all around beauty are all needed to be considered a Decker Hunting Terrier. The Decker Hunting Terrier Registry is group of breeders that are concentrating on promoting solid, ethical breeding practices so that future generations can enjoy these fine hunting companions!


They come in combinations of white with black or brown spots.


Their coat is short, close-fitting and stiff to touch.


There have been reports of aggression issues with the Deckers. Most any dog has the potential to behave in an aggressive manner given the right circumstances. Decker Hunting Terriers that have not been properly exercised, are poorly socialized, or are confused because of conflicting input from their owners as to their role in the 'pack' (and dogs consider you part of their pack) may not display what we consider appropriate behaviors. They need structure, and acting out is their way of trying to figure where they fit in. An adequate amount of attention, exercise, and reinforcement of their role in the pack hierarchy is going to be what is required to have a good relationship with your dog. The Decker Hunting Terrier has a tenacious character, but also show affection and loyalty with their human families. They make a wonderful watchdog.


Minimal brushing and grooming maintenance is required since they are shed very little to none. Wiping them with damp clothing can help remove excessive hairs. Bathing should be done when necessary and always keep them clean for proper hygiene.


These breeds are intelligent and can be trained easily. They require early socialization and obedience training and it must be done as early as puppyhood or by the time they were brought home. A firm, fair and consistent trainer is recommended for these breeds.


The Decker Hunting Terriers can dwell in an apartment or homes but needs average exercise to burn off their energies. They are normally active indoors, very playful and energetic.

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