Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted December 3, 2014
Harley and his owners moved into our house a few years ago, and he is a dog that was rescued from abusive owners by an animal shelter. He is usually a very friendly dog, but turns ugly if he feels threatened in any manner. He also snaps at feet if they get near, even those of his long-time owners. It's difficult to trust him around kids despite his good nature, because he has a sensitive spot and wouldn't hesitate to bite if someone tried to pick him up (even though he's begging for attention). He gets jealous if anyone holds our Chihuahua. On the plus side, he's very grateful for attention and is happy just to be near one of us. My experience with another terrier leads me to believe that it's not uncommon for the breed to be snappy and prone to mood swings. If I bought a terrier, I'd take lessons with a professional trainer. The dogs definitely have a different mindset than most other animals I've owned or worked with. Wouldn't recommend as a first dog, or in a house with kids and other pets. There will be issues.