How Terriers used to Work

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This section outlines the type of work the terrier was required to do during the vital times when terrier breeds began to evolve. The specialized work plus the terrain in which the terrier was required to work, is the reason why different construction of the various terrier breeds was required.They were sometimes trained by being coupled up to an older successful working terrier as shown.

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The History of Terriers

Terriers were first classified as such by Dame Juliana Berners in 1486 AD, calling them 'Teroures'. This wonderful French etching from around 1560 AD demonstrates that for centuries certain types of scent hounds dug into tunnels and underground lairs to find and hunt prey that lived beneath the ground. As these seem to be long low-slung dogs, with deep chests, ... »» Read more...

ASH Terriers


Ratting dogs were important for the centuries before modern pesticides were invented. Rats and mice plagued developing cities in the early 1800's when the different types of terriers were developing. The growth of cities with open drains and no sanitation caused rats and mice to thrive. When this became a problem, a terrier man would be hired to rid an ... »» Read more...

Historical After Successful Badger Hunt

Badger Digs

As urbanization took place, underground tunnels constructed by badgers became an increasing problem. Additionally, their homes, or badger setts were also cohabited by foxes, rabbits, rats, weasels and other vermin. So badgers were the elusive prey several breeds of terriers were bred to hunt. »» Read more...

Historical Terrier Running with Hounds

Fox Hunting

From the 1500's, the sport of fox hunting grew out of necessity. At this time, Britain was overrun with foxes and other vermin which attacked livestock and poultry. Additionally, dens which were dug by vermin which lived underground were a hazard for horses and larger animals which could break a leg by stepping into these holes. »» Read more...

Otter Drag

Otter Drags

In the 1800's the streams around Yorkshire were plagued with vermin such as water rats and otters which polluted the water. These usually co-habitated burrows, living and breeding in dens with escape holes often beneath the surface of the water. So, huntsmen required a terrier that filled the dual role of having the instinct of going to ground as well ... »» Read more...