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...

Terriers historical French

How Terriers Worked

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...

Map UK Terriers

British Terriers Split into Regions

The primary purpose Terriers was for hunting animals that lived beneath the ground. Additionally they were developed according to the terrain in which they worked. The long legged terriers were used by huntsmen who were mounted on horses, and short legged terriers were used by huntsmen on foot. So the Terrier breeds we have today were initially developed by peasants ... »» 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. As the picture depicts, these Terriers came in both smooth and rough coated varieties as well as in different sizes. By the 1800's Old English Terriers ... »» Read more...

Scottie Westie

Terriers of Scotland

The various Terriers of Scotland developed from the ancient long bodied, short legged, rough coated terrier which is believed to be the oldest variety of the canine race indigenous to North Britain[1]. When man first settled there, survival depended on hunting animals which lived beneath the ground such as otters and badgers. These provided meat for eating and skins for ... »» Read more...

Border Fox Terrier 1806

Terriers of the Border Region

From this early type of terrier originating in the border region between England and Scotland, this section follows the evolution since 1806 of not only the Border and Lakeland Terrier, but also the Bedlington and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. Today two of these breeds' standards still reflect the quarry these terriers were originally bred to hunt. So the Border Terrier has ... »» 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 Breeds AmStaff with Baby

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...


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