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- Publisher: Doral Publishing (May 1, 2003)
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The Terriers of Scotland and Ireland: Their History and Development Paperback – May 1, 2003
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Early Terrier History
Abraham Fleming (1576) sugested that terriers were essentilly hounds; specifically, they were the smallest of the hounds and were used only for fox and badger. He then provided a detailed description of how the dogs worked. They crept into the burrows and nipped and bit the badger or fox; then, the dog either slew the prey underground, hauled it out into daylight, or through fear, forced the animal to bolt its shelter. If the dog chose the last route, the fox or badger could then be snared or netted. ...
In 1760, W. Daniel wrote a fairly detailed description of the terriers with which he was familiar, noting their courage, tenacity, and fighting skill. ...
In 1774, Oliver Goldsmith observed that it was the terrier's job to rout the fox or badger, or to inform the hunter of its location, but not actually dispatch the animal. With the exception of a few breeds, such as the Manchester, which excels as a rat killer, most terriers were not bred to kill their adversary. ....
There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that Scotland is home to the oldest terrier breeds. John Lesley, for example, who wrote "The History of Scotland from 1436 to 1561" (1830), suggested the existence of terrier-type dogs in that area some four and half centuries ago.