BriarBey Decker Rat Terrier Breeder

There is a work in progress to take these larger dogs out of the Rat Terrier category and give them a name and a place of their own.

Before their special bloodlines are lost forever.

Old Dominion Terriers

   419-775-5108     Cell: 740-538-2260 




BriarBey Decker Rat Terrier Breeder


"Ace of Spades" my beginning.


38 lbs. and 19 in. tall


Ace is retired.



      "Raise the Stakes" aka Samuel




         55 lbs. 20 in. tall







Samuel is retired.




 Let's Play!!





   In memory of Dylan, he helped me with the horses and he helped me with the Decker  Terriers when I first started, he lived an exciting and fun filled life...I miss him.  Died at 16, April 2010.

   Samuel x Madalena

   Decker Terrier

         " CH. BriarBeys Solomon"

        Best Male

        Best Male of Variety

        Judge: Tracy Faw

   BriarBey's Solomon a Decker Terrier Male at BriarBey Kennels

      Owned and shown by Judy Steritz and Steven Steritz.

       Thank you Judy and Steve for all you have done!!!

     Pictured at 10 weeks old




 Cell: 740-538-2260

  Located in Central Ohio

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The History of BriarBey Decker Terriers

 Approximately 10 years ago while delivering a mare to a farm in Pennsylvania,

 I met my first Decker Terrier, she was about 12 yrs. old and was

surrounded by 3-4 other family farm dogs but there was something about her that was so different

 than the others, her face was grayed, her movements were slower but there

The owner gave us a short history of what she knew about the dog or had been able

to find out from researching what she looked like.  And the rest is history, I came

home and started doing my own research.  Great time and expense was taken to find

the best Decker Terriers in the country, from every kennel (and there are very few).

  I bought the best of the best and now I will continue

 breeding these dogs to create an even better and more beautiful Decker Terrier. 

BriarBey Decker Terriers is now producing some of the nicest

Decker Terriers in the country and we are proud of what we have accomplished!

Decker Rat Terriers, Decker Terriers, Rat Terriers


I register my puppies with....., UKC  

United Kennel Club

     , Decker Rat Terriers, Decker Henry        


 History and Development of The Decker Terrier

This story begins with a dog named "Henry".  This Terrier possessed qualities that are seen only once in a lifetime.  Henry was a 32# male with button ears and exhibited tremendous working and hunting qualities.  He was quite intelligent made a superb all around family dog with an excellent disposition.
   Being so taken with this dog, and wanting to preserve that all around, versatile dog, there embarked a journey about the year 1970.   Traveling from Oregon to as far away as Texas, Kansas and Mississippi; searching for the largest  "Rat" Terriers to locate for breeding stock to recreate the ideal of that perfect dog.  By breeding the Henry dog to the Rat Terrier stock that were obtained the "Decker" strain was on its way to development.  There has also been  rumored Basenji added in for fixing erect ear set and Cur for size. Although these were added at the beginning of the strain and should not be added now as our genetics are set.  Because there was a need for larger dogs at the time, this made way for breeding and retaining the large size.  Decker Terriers were then established along with fixing in an erect ear set.  And so the name Decker "Giant" Terrier came into existence.

   The dogs that  were produced from these lines lived up to all expectations.  Here was a utility dog that was an excellent all around hunter.  Vermin, squirrel, bird and upland quail were commonly hunted and they would also retrieve from water when necessary.  These dogs were capable of baying up wild pig and would tree just about anything.  they were also skilled in hunting big game like deer, cougar and bear.  Some were even used on Jaguar in Central American before they hit the endangered species list.  Bow hunters loved them because they were such a great scent trailers.  the dog would stay within 300 feet of the hunter and have been known to even turn the hunt back. 
   Natural instinct without any training makes them valuable to the farmer.  they will efficiently and quickly rid a farm of mice with a quick shake, a toss over their shoulder and proceed onward.  When presented with many mice to kill at once, what couldn't be put in his mouth to kill was pinned down with his paws until he could get to them.          
   The Decker Terrier has proven invaluable in states where new laws have prohibited the use of poison baits or traps.  They help to control gophers and feral hogs on ranches that are plagued with them.
   Their ability is not limited to hunting.  His quiet demeanor also makes him an excellent companion dog.  

*Our present day Decker Terrier has remained true to his origins.  A remarkable dog that is both a family companion yet a versatile hunter and varmint getter.  Decker Terriers are in fact the old heirloom dog that was on nearly every single homestead in this country until the Great Depression.  As the smaller family farms gave way to industrialization so, then too Decker Terriers became something of a rare item through the 1950's and 60's.  In 1970 there were several families actively preserving the larger size.  the Swanson's, Lindseth's, Decker's and Kuenzi families to name a few.  Surely without their help this dog may have been reduced to a distant memory in time.  Our dog of today have a regal bearing, elegant profile and sturdy build. 




BriarBey's previously owned Black Stallions

  BriarBey Black Arabians

"Solar Storm DHA"

Exported to Canada

"Chyzaon and Deanna", Decker Rat Terriers


MKH Chyzaon

Now owned by Summerwind Arabians

R.I.P. 2003-2017, BriarBey Arabian Horses

"Winter January 2014"

Located in Ohio 

BriarBey Decker Terriers


In Memory of:

"My Dad"

Herbert F. Sargent

R.I.P.  11/12/34 - 2/20/16

Pictured here with a friends Labrador, he had taught him to squirrel hunt,
and I don't think there was a breed of dog he couldn't teach to hunt.

"My Son"

Garry "Todd" Doan

R.I.P. 6/17/1973 - 7/11/2010

I miss our conversations and seeing those dimples.  He was
amazing with helping me with photo shoots.  He was my first born.

My Brother

David "Scott" Sargent

R.I.P. February 18, 1956 - December 31, 2011

He watched over me like an older brother, not the younger brother he was,
and he had such a soft kind heart of gold.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


They Believed as I do...until we meet again, and we will.