2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Texas Terriers Still Going Strong
The black and tan wire-haired dogs stand only about 15 in. tall as adults and weigh no more than 30 lbs. During the more than 30 years of breeding, Guthrie crossed numerous terriers to create the "Texas Terrier." Although the dogs bond well with children and families, Guthrie says they're "miniature Airedales on steroids."
They've been trained to find rattlesnakes and other wild game. Wild hog hunters like the dogs because they're small and don't get hurt when hogs throw them 6 to 8 ft. in the air. Hogs also don't cut them like big dogs. "These active, alert little dogs can be trained to do just about anything," Guthrie says.
He hasn't registered the Texas Terriers with any canine society. "Why should I pay $90 to put a registration on them?" he asks. "It's a lot of money, especially for a hunting dog."
Guthrie used to ship the dogs but doesn't any more because the laws changed, greatly increasing the cost.
He sells them at his kennel for $300 per puppy and $700 per older dog, depending on age and training.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard D. Guthrie, Poverty Valley Kennels, P.O. Box 3052, Brownwood, Texas 76803 (ph 325 646-4695; email: povertyvalleykennels @yahoo.com).
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