Terriers were bred to “go to ground” after their prey and were used across the British Isles to hunt vermin. Tough, fierce, and independent thinkers, Terriers controlled populations of rats, foxes, badgers and otters across their owner’s land. Due to their bravery and gameness, some Terriers have been bred as “fighting dogs,” which is unfortunate as they make great family pets. Terriers are generally loyal, and affectionate companions, who expect a firm but fair hand from owners, who match their lively personalities. The Terrier Group includes: Airedales, Cairn Terriers, Scotties and Wheatens.