Ah the terrier. Pull up a chair and learn about these delightful, spirited, earth dogs.
Remember: Stuart always said, “Terrier = Earth” and he was right. Terriers love to dig.
See? Even sand is fun to nose around in!! Here’s one of our adorable Maple Leaf friends from years ago. Does this picture make you as happy as it makes me?
All About Terriers:
- Terra means earth in Latin. Hence, terriers. Yes?
- There are 31 breeds in the AKC (American Kennel Club) terrier group:
- American Hairless
- American Staffordshire
- Dandie Dinmont
- Glen of Imaal
- Kerry Blue
- Miniature Bull
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Parson Russell
- Smooth Fox
- Soft Coated Wheaten
- Staffordshire Bull
- West Highland
- Wire Fox
- The AKC says, Terriers typically have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. That would be Stuart. Does it also describe someone you know?
- Stuart, many times, had little tolerance for people, too. Including his peeps. (This little fact will not appear on a pop quiz.)
- The terriers’ ancestors were born and bred to hunt vermin under and above ground such as rats, moles and voles. They were also used to control rabbits and foxes. Larger breeds hunted otters and badgers. And they’re as relentless today as they were centuries ago. Very few breeds have the tenacity of a terrier.
- The group’s origins are traced to Britain and Ireland.
- Boston University athletics teams are called the Terriers. Sweet! I never knew that. Did you? We’ll have to add that to our sports list that now includes the Carnegie Mellon Tartans and Scotty mascot and Agnes Scott College Scotties.
- Terriers are usually small but the Airedale can be majestic in size.
- There’s more punch to these little packages than you can shake a stick at.
- They’re bundles of fun and a joy to have around.
And that, my friends, is today’s lesson. Until next time, study up and become a Scottie Scholar.