2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Texas Terrier": A New Dog Breed For Hunters
Guthrie, who hunts and traps in the Big Bend area of southern Texas, spent more than 20 years crossing various Terrier breeds with other breeds. The new dog is bobtailed like a Terrier and is very alert and eager to hunt. An adult dog stands 12 to 15 in. high at the shoulder and weighs 20 to 30 lbs. The color pattern is solid red or black and tan.
"It's a small hunting dog that's easier to handle than any dog I've ever used," says Guthrie. "The Texas Terrier is well-muscled, wire-haired, thick-skinned, and has an undaunting desire to catch and bite. It will fearlessly trail, bay, and fight any predator from foxes to bears. It doesn't know that it weighs only 20 to 30 lbs. It's an astonishing little dog with a lot of grit. One of my dogs caught a red fox by the throat and wouldn't let go. I had to carry both the fox and the dog back 100 yards to my house."
The breed got its start after an accidental cross. The original dam was a small "Treeing Walker" that was bred to Guthrie's neighbor's purebred Schnauzer. "The pups of that cross were found to be good hunters with the scenting abilities of the Treeing Walker and the agility and alertness of the Schnauzer," says Guthrie. Later he bred the dogs to Fox Terriers and Patterdale Terriers. To give the dog more muscle mass, he then crossed to an American Staffordshire Terrier. The result was the finished Texas Terrier.
"My dogs are much superior to popular Terriers that sell for $1,500 and up. I want my dogs to be affordable to an average hunter so I sell weaned pups for $200 apiece. The customer picks up at my place," says Guthrie.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Guthrie, Box 3052, Brownwood, Texas 76803 (ph 915 646-4695).
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