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British pronunciation/tˈɛɹɪɐ/
American pronunciation/ˈtɛɹiɝ/

a breed of dog which is small and energetic used as a vermin hunter

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Terrier definition and meaning

What is a "terrier"?

Terriers are a group of small to medium-sized dog breeds known for their spirited and energetic nature. Terriers typically have a wiry or coarse coat that can come in a variety of colors, and they are known for their distinctive facial features, including a strong jaw, dark eyes, and often erect ears. They have a compact and muscular body with a high-set tail, and they are known for their alert and confident demeanor. Terriers are often described as feisty, brave, and independent, with a strong hunting instinct and high energy levels. They are known for their tenacity and determination, making them excellent at hunting small prey like rodents. Terriers are also known for their loyalty and devotion to their families, and they can make great companions for active households. They require regular exercise and mental stimulation, and they can be independent and stubborn at times, requiring consistent training and socialization.

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