To our knowledge, there are thirteen terriers named after places in Great Britain. Can you name them? The answers are below the image (and yes, it’s a hint):
- Skye Terrier – named from the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides;
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier – name for the Staffordshire area of Black Country where they were often miners’ pets;
- Manchester Terrier – A former star of the rat pits of Manchester;
- Norfolk and Norwich Terrier – They hunted vermin on the Norfolk fens (marshy or frequently flooded land); (the Norwich Terrier is the prick eared version of the Norfolk);
- The Welsh Terrier originated in (wait for it) – Wales!
- Bedlington Terrier – Once hunted rats in the coal mines of a town named Bedlington;
- Lakeland Terrier – From the Lake District in Cambria;
- Airedale Terrier – Created in Airedale, Yorkshire where they hunted beside the Aire River;
- Sealyham Terrier – Named after the Pembrokeshire estate where its breed was developed;
- West Highland White Terrier – A white version of its close relative, the Cairn Terrier, and from the Scottish Highlands;
- The Border Terrier was named for an area around the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland known as the Border Country;
- The “Kerry” in the Kerry Blue Terrier is a tribute to the mountainous region of County Kerry near Lake Killarney where the breed is believed to have originated in the 1700s;
- The Scottish Terrier was once known as the Aberdeen Terrier, so-named because it was very popular in and around the city of Aberdeen, but as the Aberdeen Terrier became increasingly popular in England and in the show ring, the name Scottish Terrier became synonymous with that dog.
- The Yorkshire Terrier is a toy breed!
The Glen of Imaal is a trickier one. Some experts believer the breed was named from the Uí Máil who dominated the kingship of Leinster in the 7th century. They were ousted by the Uí Dúnlainge from the lowlands of what would be County Kildare, and from that time until the early 13th century, they were located along the western foothills of the Wicklow mountains. Others believe the breed was named for a glen found in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland.
If we missed any, let us know!
Top Image of an Art Deco period cold painted spelter figure of a Sealyham Terrier mounted on an alabaster ashtray base, and dating to the 1930’s.