The Terrier Dog Group

The word "Terrier" comes from the Latin word "terra", which means earth. Terriers are a group of dogs that were created to hunt and kill vermin. The majority of Terriers originated from the British Isles and Ireland. They were developed to be ferocious hunters that could work both above ground and below. Most Terriers were made to go to ground, which means they enter the den of their prey and... Read more

The Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in Yorkshire England in the 1800s. They were originally used to hunt rats in cotton mill and mines. They also competed in rat killing contests. They were originally twice the size they are today. The two primary dogs used in their development were the Waterside Terrier and the Broken-haired Scotch Terrier. Both of these dogs are extinct today.

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The Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers were developed in the mid 1800s. They originated in England, yet were developed in Australia. They were created by their namesake Parson Jack Russell. Today, the Jack Russell Terrier is almost identical to their originally ancestors.

Jack Russell Terriers are spirited and spunky. They are active dogs who like to be on the go and ... Read more

The English Bull Terrier

English Bull Terriers were developed in England in 1835. They come from the crossing of Bulldogs and the now extinct white Terrier. They were later bred with the Spanish Pointer to increase their size. They were originally bred for pit fighting against other dogs and vermin and for bull baiting. In the past, they were known as the "Gladiators of the canine world".

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The Miniature Schnauzer

Originally from Germany, Miniature Schnauzers were developed by crossing Standard Schnauzers with Affenpinschers and possibly Poodles. They were originally used as farm dogs to clear barns and farmhouses of vermin. Despite not being a Terrier in name, the miniature Schnauzer is one in personality and original occupation. In most Kennel Clubs, they are part of the Terrier group.

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The Australian Terrier

Australian Terriers are descendents of rough-coated Terriers that were brought to Australia from England in the early 19th century. Like the majority of Terriers, they were originally developed to hunt vermin. The bred was officially recognized by The Kennel Club (UK) in 1933 and the American Kennel Club in 1960.

Australian Terriers are tough little dogs. They have keen eyesight and qui... Read more

The Border Terrier

Border Terriers hail from the Scottish Borderlands. They were originally developed to be tough hunters of vermin and fox. They were officially recognized by The Kennel Club (UK) in 1920 and the American Kennel Club in 1930. While the breed is not extremely popular in North American, it is one of the top ten most popular dogs in the United Kingdom.

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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terriers were developed in the 17th century as a hunter of vermin, badger and otter. They hunted in the border country of England and Scotland. The breed was named after Dandie Dinmont a character from Sir Walter Scott's book "Guy Mannering". Interestingly, the Dandie Dinmont is the only breed named after a fictional character.

The first Dandie Dinmont club was formed in... Read more