Dog Portraits and Animal Portraits by Ann Seward
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Pet Portraits - Terrier Portrait - Three Terriers - dog portrait

This commissioned portrait of three terriers on one canvas was commissioned as a joint anniversary and birthday present.
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This commissioned portrait of three terriers on one canvas was commissioned as a joint anniversary and birthday present by a friend of the owner who was reduced to tears when she received it. Ann has projected the very different characters of each of the subjects into their portraits.

The terrier is a group of dog breeds initially bred for hunting and killing vermin. While usually small, these dogs are brave and tough with a lively, energetic, and almost hyperactive personality. Most terrier breeds were developed in the British Isles. They were used to control rats, rabbits, and foxes both over and under the ground. Some larger terriers were also used to hunt badgers. In fact, the word terrier comes from the Middle French terrier and before that the Latin terra, meaning earth. The gameness of terriers was exploited by using them in so-called sporting contests. Initially, terriers competed in events such as clearing a pit of rats. The dog that was fastest in killing all the rats won. Today, most terriers are kept as companion dogs and make great family pets. They are generally loyal and affectionate to their owners but can be "big characters" requiring a firm hand.

 

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