This image of the Terrier was captured in Looe in Cornwall UK

Camera Olympus E-30, Focal length 53.0,
Shutter speed 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 200

The word “terrier” comes from the French, meaning “to go to ground.” Terriers were traditionally small, aggressive dogs that were bred for persuing vermin such as rats, badgers, and foxes. In the nineteenth century, small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers were bred for the sport of ratting, when owners competed to see how many rats their terriers could kill in a given time. Many members of the modern terrier group, such as the Airedale, Fox, or Kerry Blue, are considerably larger, as they are also descended from hunting breeds.
In the days when transport and local communications were poor, terriers were bred regionally, and selective breeding emphasised whatever features would best equip the animals for local conditions. The Lakeland Terrier, for example, from the Lake District of northern England, is especially nimble, enabling it to cope with the rocky outcrops of the local hills and dales. Similarly, the appealing small Scottish breeds (among them, the Skye, West Highland White, and the eponymous Scottish Terrier) have exceptionally thick double coats to protect them against the more severe conditions of a Highland winter.
The terriers that originated in Ireland are larger than those from Britain, partly because they were crossbred with hunting dogs to circumvent a law forbidding peasants to own hunting dogs. Today’s Irish terriers, such as the Kerry Blue and the Soft-coated Wheaten, are all-round working dogs, skilled at retrieving, guarding, and herding.
Self-confident, captivating dogs, terriers make terrific family pets and provide constant entertainment. As a group, terriers are fiesty dogs with tremendous energy. Though most are affectionate, they can be noisy, sometimes intolerant of children, and some may nip when irritated so owners should remember this when training and socializing a terrier puppy.
Terriers generally love to dig, and to the sound of their own voice. The can be highly excitable, and can be stubborn and assertive so are not recommended for families with young children. When properly socialised, they will accept other family pets, even a cat, but other cats will be prey, as will rabbits, anything anything small that moves. Most are generally healthy breeds, but some more popular breeds such as the soft coated wheaton terrier have been puppy milled and are thus prone to genetic problems so seek out a reputable breeder. Life expentancy for Terriers averages 13 years.


  • imagic
    imagicabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Clive – razorsharp – well handling of light and so well composed… Bravo

  • Such an amazing compliment Jens, thank you my friend

    – Clive

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesabout 4 years ago

    Awww he’s really cute, lovely shot x

  • He certainly is Trudi, greatly appreciate your great compliment my friend xx

    – Clive

  • JDL15
    JDL15about 4 years ago

    excellent portrait

  • So appreciate your great compliment John, thank you

    – Clive

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 4 years ago

    i remember him Clive, you captured him well.x

  • Hard to forget Catherine, thank you so much for your great compliment my friend xx

    – Clive

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 4 years ago

    What a cutie – lovely shot

  • A wonderful compliment Chris, thank you xx

    – Clive

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    He is gorgeous, lovely shot Clive xx

  • Thank you so very much Pauline for your lovely compliment, appreciated my sweet friend X♥X

    – Clive

  • karenkirkham
    karenkirkhamabout 4 years ago

    wonderfully captured Clive

  • A lovely compliment Karen, thank you my friend xx

    – Clive

  • joycee
    joyceeabout 4 years ago

    Great shot of this cute dog.

  • So appreciate your great compliment Joyce, thank you xx

    – Clive

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful dog, great lighting and contrast

  • Thank you so very much Byron, a fine compliment my friend

    – Clive

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful face. A terrific capture Mate.

  • Appreciate your great compliment Al, thank you, he was a bit of a

    – Clive

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