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The rat terrier is a rare type of dog breed. It got its name by learning how to be a “ratter”, which is a dog used to chase down and kill rats. The rat terrier was bred in America. The first rat terrier named hatch, lived on a flagship called the “Mary Rose”, hatch was brought aboard to catch the rats. Rat terriers then went on to be hunting dogs.
Reverend John Russell bred one of the first Jack Russell terriers in late 1800’s in Devonshire, England. Russell spent his time fox hunting and breeding fox hunting dogs. The Jack Russell terrier was one of the dogs that he bred for fox hunting. Today the Jack Russell Terrier keeps its fox hunting purpose.
The Boston Terrier originated around 1870 in Boston. A man named Robert C. Hooper purchased a dog named Judge, who was a bull and terrier type lineage. Judge was the result of Boston Terriers. The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. The Boston Terrier was one of the small number of breeds that was bred in the united states.
The Yorkshire Terrier also known as the “yorkie” originated from England about 100 years ago. It was named after the place Yorkshire, England. They were originally used for catching rats in mines and for hunting by burrowing underground. The yorkie was first introduced in 1861 as the “broken haired scotch terrier” at a bench show. It kept its name for nine years until it changed to Yorkshire terrier.