Terrier Breeds

Airedale TerrierAiredale Terrier

Terriers were originally the Scent Hounds which followed their prey beneath the earth hence their name 'Terrier' derived from the Latin word 'Terra' meaning earth. Historically Terriers hunted rats, foxes, badger, stoats, weasels and otters. In today's society with no quarry to hunt, the terrier's instinct to dig could worry a garden conscious owner. However, their energy and fun loving character makes them excellent family pets and watchdogs.

Parson hunting in tree

Terrier Breed Index

The classification of the dogs in this Group varies from country to country. For simplicity of navigation and accessibility, the table below lists the breeds alphabetically that appear in the Australian classification, divided into sections showing their historical purpose. »» Read more...

Map UK Terriers

Terriers Split into Regions

The name 'Terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'Terra' meaning earth. By the early 1800's when the various different terrier types began to emerge, there were no formal registration records. Huntsmen and farmers did not care what the terrier looked like as long as it hunted the required animals that lived beneath the ground. Any dog that could do ... »» Read more...

Historical Westies Coupled

How Terriers used to Work

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 ... »» Read more...

Terriers of England Old English BW and Tan Terriers

Terriers of England

Today's English Terrier breeds of England trace their origin back to the now extinct Old English White Terrier and the Old English Black-and-tan Terrier that were common in England as early as the 1700's. These Terriers came in both smooth and rough coated varieties as well as in different sizes. By the 1800's Old English Terriers were either primarily white ... »» Read more...

Westies three

Terriers of Scotland

The Terriers of Scotland were all called 'Scottish' Terriers until the late 1800's and early 1900's when the 4 different Pure Breeds we know today emerged. This chapter explores how and why each developed their own general appearances and characteristics. »» Read more...

Border Fox Terrier 1806

Terriers of the Border Region

This wonderful woodcut dated half a century before the English Stud books began, was captioned Fox Terrier 1806. This was because it was used for fox hunting. But the dog pictured is more likely to be a forerunner of the Border Terrier than its counterpart the Fox Terrier of England. From this early type of terrier originating in the border ... »» Read more...

Irish Terrier Swaggie

Terriers of Ireland

Dogs have been part of the way of life in Ireland since prehistoric times. As the centuries rolled by, Irish dogs consisted of large hounds used for hunting by the wealthy land owners, and the general farm work of terriers for tenant farmers. As these were poor people who did not travel outside Ireland, the 4 distinctively different Irish breeds ... »» Read more...

Tenterfield Pair of Puppies

Terriers developed outside Great Britain

The Terrier breeds that developed outside Great Britain originated from British Terriers, and bear the name of their country of development. Carried on board sailing ships to kill the rats and mice that lived in the squalor of the ship's holds, today these terriers are very hardy breeds, just like their ratting ancestors. »» Read more...

Bull Terrier with lizard

Bull Terrier Breeds

After dog fighting was banned in England in 1835, four Bull Terrier breeds developed as trusted family companions.These four breeds were derived from the old type Bulldogs with or without an admixture of the Old English White Terrier (smooth coat). Firstly the Bull Terrier emerged in a range of sizes and was recognized in the First English Stud Book. Then ... »» Read more...