Terriers developed outside Great Britain

A Rat Boarding a ShipA 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.

Rat Baiting 1845

Terriers that Sailed the World

Terriers were named and documented in Britain in the early history of terriers as far back as the 1570[1]. All British ratting Terriers breeds can trace their origin back to the now extinct Old English White Terrier and the Old English Black and Tan Terriers of England. Today, they have become pure breeds quite independently from one another in various ... »» Read more...

Tenterfield bow

The Making of a Pure Breed

The transition of the 'Mini Foxie' into the pure breed, the Tenterfield Terrier was met with huge problems. This article charts the struggle to stabilise our breed and put the checks and balances in place necessary for the Tenterfield Terrier to take its place on our pure breed registry, adninistered by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)[2]. »» Read more...

Tenterfield Terriers

Tenterfield Terrier

Australian in development, the forebears of the Tenterfield Terrier accompanied Australia's first white settlers who sailed from Portsmouth in England's South[1]. These small basically white dogs were vermin killers, surviving this harsh country without pampering. Today they are strong, hardy, active and agile, their smooth short coat making them 'easy care' family companions. Their unique naturally occurring short or bob ... »» Read more...

Brazilian Terrier GIMP

Other Terriers Developed outside Great Britain

Today, the influence of the small ratting Terriers of Britain is seen in several countries. North America has the Rat Terrier in 2 sizes and the Hairless Terrier, and South America has its Brazilian Terrier. These have become recognized as pure breeds by our ANKC 'sister' bodies, the AKC and FCI , but developed independently from their ratting counterparts in ... »» Read more...

Australian Terrier Little Girl

Australian Terrier

The 'Aussie' as he is affectionately known, was originally a vermin killer. When he first came to Australia, he tackled introduced vermin such as rates and mice. Later, he hunted indigenous species particularly snakes. Today he is one of Australia's most iconic breeds. He loves people and company, adapts well into family life and is fairly easily trained. »» Read more...

Jag entering hole

German Hunting (Jagd) Terrier

The German Hunting Terrier was developed specifically as a hunting and sporting dog. German Hunting Terriers are lively with an explicit instinct to follow game. The appearance of his determination to work is evident by his seemingly inexhaustible energy. »» Read more...

Cesky Grey Blue

Cesky Terrier

The former Czechoslovakia's national dog, the Cesky Terrier was developed to create an ideal compromise between the Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier. »» Read more...


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