Responsive and Sociable.
These little dogs are delightful companions in the home. They learn quickly and are ready for any activity in which their owners engage in. While they will still keep the family farm and home free of rats and mice, they also excel in companion sports such as agility and obedience. These dogs pack and are not sparred in the ring; they get along with other dogs without belligerence. Teddies have retained their prey drive without obsessive compulsion. At the end of the day they love nothing better than to share the love and companionship of their owners.
What's in a name?
In review of historical articles and writings, we find several descriptions of dogs resembling the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier. They went by names such as bob tail, bench fice, wry leg and the turnspit. Abraham Lincoln penned a poem titled "The Bear Hunt", which includes the short legged fice. (excerpt)
"The tall fleet cur, with deep-mouthed voice,
Now speeds him, as the wind;
While half-grown pup, and short-legged fice,
Are yelping far behind."