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terrier, classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs originally bred to start small game and vermin from their burrows or, in the case of several breeds in this group, to go to earth and kill their prey. Today these dogs are raised chiefly as pets. The following breeds are classified as terrirers by the American Kennel Club: airedale terrier, Australian terrier; Bedlington terrier; border terrier; bull terrier; cairn terrier; Dandie Dinmont terrier; fox terrier; Irish terrier; Kerry blue terrier; Lakeland terrier; Manchester terrier; schnauzer (miniature); Norwich terrier; Scottish terrier; Sealyham terrier; Skye terrier; Staffordshire terrier; Welsh terrier; and West Highland white terrier. See dog.

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Welsh terrier

Welsh terrier, breed of medium-sized terrier developed in Wales more than a century ago. It stands about 15 in. (38 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 20 lb (9 kg). Its close-lying, harsh, wiry coat may be black and tan or black, grizzle, and tan in color. The direct descendant of the old English wirehaired black-and-tan sporting dogs from which have come many of the present-day terriers, the Welsh terrier was renowned for its gameness on badger, fox, and otter. In recent times it has been raised chiefly as a pet. See dog.

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ter·ri·er / ˈterēər/ • n. a small dog of a breed originally used for turning out foxes and other burrowing animals from their lairs. ∎  used in similes to emphasize tenacity or eagerness: she would fight like a terrier for every penny. ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Old French (chien) terrier ‘earth (dog),’ from medieval Latin terrarius, from Latin terra ‘earth.’

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terrier

terrier Any of several breeds of dog. Originally trained to dig out game, they have been used to hunt badgers, foxes, weasels, and rats. When the quarry is located, the terrier(s) is sent down to dig it out of its burrow. Breeds include the Sealyham terrier, fox terrier, and Manchester terrier. Larger breeds, such as the Airedale terrier and Irish terrier, are often used as guard and police dogs.

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terrier

terrier2 small breed of dog.
So called from its pursuing the quarry into its earth. XV. — early modF. terrier — medL. terrārius; cf. prec.

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