Many of the widely different breeds of terrier may be found as clues in our crosswords. They were mostly developed in Britain and Ireland to control rats, rabbits and foxes. The name terrier comes from the Latin word terra ‘earth’ because they dig into the earth after their prey. It’s no coincidence that the current French word for ‘to burrow’ is terrier.
Today they are popular pets, and come in a great variety. A typical terrier is small, wiry, very active and fearless. The largest [more…]