Small dogs who are mouthy

Common in most breeds during puppyhood and in retriever breeds at all ages, mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite (a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn’t puncture the skin). Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or “herd” their human family members, and they need training to learn that it’s fine to gnaw on chew toys, but not on people. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a chew toy that’s been stuffed with kibble and treats.

Australian Terrier

Border Terrier

Boston Terrier

Cairn Terrier


Fox Terrier

Jack Russel Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Manchester Terrier

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Schnauzer

Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Pocket Beagle


Rat Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Silky Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier

Welsh Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier