A Brief History of the Terrier
The word “terrier” originates from the Middle French term chien terrier, or “dog of the earth.” The terrier earned this name as far back as the 16th century because he had been bred for two purposes: to hunt vermin and to protect the family’s home and barn. The modern breeds’ fearlessness and confidence come from its earliest days guarding property and flushing out rats, badgers, foxes, and rabbits both over and below ground.
The terrier breeds began their surge into the world’s limelight in the Victorian era, and by the turn of the 20th century, they were the most popular breed in the world thanks to their winning ways at the Westminster Dog Show. Their appearances in television shows, movies, and politics also called attention to the breed, as many famous persons, such as American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, owned a terrier. Although the terrier is no longer as prominent as it once was, it remains a winner in the hearts of those who have owned one of these intelligent and loyal dogs.