Terriers developed outside Great Britain
A Rat Boarding a Ship
British terrier breeds were in the background of all the Terriers considered in this section. Some were carried on board sailing ships to kill the rats and mice that lived in the squalor of the ship's holds. Once they reached their destination, they bore the name of their country of development. The two European Terriers considered here were deliberately developed to fill the specific hunting needs of their respective countries.