A terrier is a type of dog. Terriers are usually brave, strong, small dogs with wiry coats. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's dog Toto is a terrier.

Most terriers have short, muscular bodies. There is a lot of variety in the terrier group, though—from fuzzy, 70-pound Airedale terriers to smooth-coated, 25-pound Boston terriers. Terriers were originally bred to hunt small animals like rats and foxes. Terrier comes from the Old French chien terrier, or "earth dog," a reference to the terrier's willingness to follow its prey into underground burrows if necessary.

Definitions of terrier
  1. noun
    any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground
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    bull terrier, bullterrier
    a powerful short-haired terrier originated in England by crossing the bulldog with terriers
    Bedlington terrier
    a light terrier groomed to resemble a lamb
    Border terrier
    small rough-coated terrier of British origin
    Kerry blue terrier
    an Irish breed of medium-sized terriers with a silky blue-grey coat
    Irish terrier
    medium-sized breed with a wiry brown coat; developed in Ireland
    Norfolk terrier
    English breed of small terrier with a straight wiry grizzled coat and dropped ears
    Norwich terrier
    English breed of small short-legged terrier with a straight wiry red or grey or black-and-tan coat and erect ears
    Yorkshire terrier
    very small breed having a long glossy coat of bluish-grey and tan
    rat terrier, ratter
    any of several breeds of terrier developed to catch rats
    fox terrier
    small lively black-and-white terriers formerly used to dig out foxes
    wire-haired terrier, wirehair, wirehaired terrier
    a terrier with wiry hair
    Airedale, Airedale terrier
    breed of large wiry-coated terrier bred in Yorkshire
    cairn, cairn terrier
    small rough-haired breed of terrier from Scotland
    Australian terrier
    small greyish wire-haired breed of terrier from Australia similar to the cairn
    Dandie Dinmont, Dandie Dinmont terrier
    a breed of small terrier with long wiry coat and drooping ears
    Boston bull, Boston terrier
    small pug-faced American terrier breed having a smooth brindle or black coat with white markings
    old German breed of sturdy black or greyish wire-haired terriers having a blunt muzzle ranging in size from fairly small to very large; used as ratters and guard dogs or police dogs
    Scotch terrier, Scottie, Scottish terrier
    old Scottish breed of small long-haired usually black terrier with erect tail and ears
    Tibetan terrier, chrysanthemum dog
    breed of medium-sized terriers bred in Tibet resembling Old English sheepdogs with fluffy curled tails
    Sydney silky, silky terrier
    Australian breed of toy dogs having a silky blue coat
    Skye terrier
    Scottish breed of terrier with shaggy hair and long low body with short legs; native to the Isle of Skye
    soft-coated wheaten terrier
    Irish breed of medium-sized terrier with an abundant coat any shade of wheat and very hairy head and muzzle
    West Highland white terrier
    small white long-coated terrier developed in Scotland
    Lhasa, Lhasa apso
    a breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in Tibet as watchdogs
    Staffordshire bull terrier, Staffordshire bullterrier
    English breed of strong stocky dog having a broad skull and smooth coat
    American Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier, pit bull terrier
    American breed of muscular terriers with a short close-lying stiff coat
    Manchester terrier, black-and-tan terrier
    a breed of short-haired rat terrier with a black-and-tan coat that was developed in Manchester, England
    smooth-haired fox terrier
    a fox terrier with smooth hair
    wire-haired fox terrier
    a fox terrier with wiry hair
    Lakeland terrier
    breed of wire-haired terrier originally from the Lake District of England and used for hunting
    Welsh terrier
    wire-haired terrier resembling Airedales but smaller; developed in Wales for hunting
    miniature schnauzer
    a small schnauzer
    giant schnauzer
    a large schnauzer
    standard schnauzer
    a medium-sized schnauzer
    Clydesdale terrier
    selectively bred small Skye terrier with erect ears and a long silky coat
    type of:
    hunting dog
    a dog used in hunting game
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