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How many terrier dog breeds are there?

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The American Kennel Club recognizes 30 breeds of terrier. They include the Skye terrier, the Staffordshire and American Staffordshire bull terriers, the Sealyham and the Airedale. These spirited and tenacious dogs were bred to hunt vermin, and in the case of the Staffordshire bull terrier, to fight.

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The Airedale terrier is the largest British terrier. It weighs between 44 and 66 pounds and can stand 23 to 24 inches tall at the shoulders. This dog originated in Yorkshire, England.

The Dandie Dinmont terrier is one of the smaller terriers but is no less persistent than the others. It was bred to hunt badgers. The Dandie Dinmont was named after a terrier-owning character in Sir Walter Scott's novel "Guy Mannering."

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