Nowadays, we may not be plagued by rats or foxes, but we still find these fearless and affectionate friends indispensable.
Energetic, intelligent, alert, and usually friendly dogs.
Enjoy dog sports such as earthdog trials, agility, tracking, flyball, rally, and competitive obedience.
Eager to learn and respond well to reward-based training using treats.
Behaviors observed may include chasing or hunting small pets and wildlife, being difficult to disengage from an activity, barking, and digging.
Did You Know?
The story of these scrappy little charmers goes back to the 18th century – in the borderlands that separate England and Scotland. Farmers originally used them for chasing rats out of barns and to help hunt the Hill Fox that preyed on young lambs in the area.
They would often pursue foxes into dens and then bark through the tunnels below for the hunters who were above ground to hear. Over time, the breed became popular as a family pet and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930. Nowadays, we may not be plagued by rats or foxes, but we still find these fearless and affectionate friends indispensable.
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