Excerpt from Of English Dogges
By Dr. Johannes Caius
Published in English in 1576
Of the dog called Terrar, the
Another sorte there is that hunteth the Foxe and the Badger or
Greye onely, whom we call Terrars, because they (after the manner
and custome of ferrets in searching for Connyes) creepe into the
grounde, and by that meanes make afrayde, nyppe, and byte the Foxe
and the Badger in such sort, that eyther they teare them in pieces
with theyre teeth beyng in the bosom of the earth, or else hayle and
pull them perforce out of their lurking angles, darke dungeons, and
close caues, or at the least through coceued feare, drive them out
of their hollow harbours in so much that they are compelled to
prepare speedy flight, and being desirous of the next (albeit not
the safest) refuge, are otherwise taken and intrapped with snares
and nettes layde over holes to the same purpose. But these be
the least in that kynde called Sagax.
Pertaining to the first section
Dogges Serving y'pastime of
hunting beastes are divided into Hariers, Terrars, Bloudhounds
Gasehounds, Grehounds, Leuiners or Lyemmers, Tumblers, and Stealers.
In Latine called Venatcici.