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The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a small dog, similar in appearance to a Jack Russell, with a big heart. He has the terrier urge to chase, but also has a softer side, which means he’s good with children and pets. When well-socialised he can make a great family pet with a reputation for good health.

The Tervuren Dog is renowned for its long fawn and black coat and the thick mane of fur around its neck. An energetic and vivacious breed, they love to be outdoors, and thrive when given a task to perform. Used throughout the decades in a variety of roles, including as police dogs and bomb detectors, the Tervuren Dog is an outstanding member of society.

A faithful and devoted companion, the Thai Bangkaew Dog will bond closely with their family, often becoming very protective of them. Wary of strangers, they will guard their territory at all costs, and have a reputation for being aggressive. A dog that requires an experienced trainer and plenty of exercise, the Thai Bangkaew Dog is certainly not a breed for the faint-hearted.

A strong and protective dog, the Thai Ridgeback is well-respected for its guarding instincts and the loyalty it shows its family. This breed is known for its stamina and impressive jumping ability, and they love to roam – often being difficult to confine to one place. The Thai Ridgeback benefits from an experienced and firm owner as it has a tendency to be headstrong.

An extremely vigilant and territorial giant breed, the Tibetan Mastiff may be too much of a handful for many owners. While it will do anything to protect its family, it is also stubborn and independent-minded, and requires a great deal of effort to train. Excessive barking, especially after dark, is a common complaint of Tibetan Mastiff owners (and their neighbours!).

The Tibetan Spaniel is an intelligent, sweet, and sensitive breed that is loyal to its owner and family. These dogs are great with children, other dogs, and cats, and thrive when part of a loving family. Bred for companionship, Tibetan Spaniels can become anxious if left alone for long periods of time.

An intelligent, adaptable little dog from the mountains of Tibet, the Tibetan Terrier is a charming character that is suited to a wide variety of living circumstances. Although it is reserved with strangers, and an excellent watch dog, it is also an affectionate, gentle, and biddable family pet. While it originated as a working dog, it does not require a huge amount of exercise, and its long coat is actually quite easy to groom.

An ancient Molosser type dog that has guarded livestock for many centuries in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Tornjak has recently become more popular as a family pet. Easily recognised by its large size and thick, shaggy coat, this breed may appear intimidating at first, but is a loyal and loving dog, only showing defensiveness if the appropriate situation arises.

The Tosa-Inu is a breed of fighting dog still used in its native Japan for this purpose. It is a large, powerful breed, with the potential for aggressiveness in the wrong hands. It is not a suitable dog for a first-time owner or for families with children or other pets. Ownership of Tosas is very strictly controlled, and the breed is rare in the United Kingdom.

A small yet nifty terrier, the black and tan Toy Manchester Terrier is a lighter version of the Manchester Terrier. While Manchester Terriers were originally used for rat control, the Toy Manchester Terrier is regarded as a colourful family pet. Though small in size, they more than make up for this with their larger than life personality and boundless energy.

An ancient Hungarian dog that was developed to hunt, the Transylvanian Hound shows courage and determination when pursuing its prey. Content to hunt at long distances from its master, this capable hound is prized for its independence. Good-natured and affectionate with its family, though suspicious of strangers and protective of its property, the Transylvanian Hound makes the perfect guard dog.

A multi-purpose dog, the Treeing Cur has been celebrated in southern America for many years as a reliable hunter, guard dog and companion animal. While they have a fierce reputation as a hunting dog, they have also established themselves as a loyal and sweet family pet. Ticking all the boxes, the Treeing Cur is a familiar fixture on many farms.

A medium-sized hunting and treeing dog that only really became a breed of its own as recently as 50 years ago, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle has quickly built a name for itself. This intelligent hound dog has a strong hunting instinct, courage and a good voice. A friend to children, they slot into the family home nicely.

The most popular American Coonhound, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is loved by all for its impressive working ability, as well as its good-natured and playful attitude when at home. A great choice of dog for a lively, young family, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is always up for a run and will keep the kids entertained all day long.

A handsome and noble-looking Austrian hound, the Tyrolean Hound is the oldest of the three 'Grand Brackes'. Still used today to hunt on the varied terrain of western Austria, this dog is well-regarded for its scenting ability and speed. Best-suited to living in the countryside, this rowdy canine needs a great deal of exercise and firm training.