If you’ve been thinking about getting a new dog then you’re not alone – Kennel Club figures show that the number of people looking for puppies has surged to record levels.
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest four-legged addition – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
Terrier are a type of dog that are hugely popular in the UK, perfect for people who have active lifestyles (they need plenty of exercise).
The UK Kennel Club recognises over 30 breeds of these canine characters – issuing Kennel Club Pedigree Certificates to pups that make the grade.
Here are all 33 – and how they got their names.
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1. Airedale Terrier
Known at the 'King of Terriers' as it is the largest breed of terrier, the Airedale Terrier was first bred in the valley around the River Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was originally used as a farm and hunting dog. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Bedlington Terrier
Named after the North East England mining town of Bedlinton, the Bedlington Terrier was originally known as the Rodbury Terrier and dates back as far as the 18th century. Initially used to hunt, they have also been used in dog racing and other sports. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Australian Silky Terrier
Developed in Australia from a mix of the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier, the Australian Silky Terrier was originally called the Sydney Silky. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Border Terrier
Named after the border between England and Scotland where they were first bred, the Border Terrier was first recognised by the UK Kennel Club in 1920. They were originally used to hunt foxes. Photo: Canva/Getty Images