“The Terrier Dog”


The terrier pup has a distinguished career of extreme viciousness -- until it encounters an oversized cat. The pup's owner, seeing his dog killed, demands satisfaction of the cat's owner. She shoots him; though cured, he "never... raise[d] another pup."

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Terrier Dog, The
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From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #123, pp. 464-465. From the singing of George

A man, he owned a terrier dog,
He'd a bob-tailed terrier cuss.
This here dog got this here man
In many an ugly mess.

The man was on his muscle,
And the dog was on his bite;
If you touched the man, the animal
Was sure to raise a fight.

(Eight additional stanzas, one of them fragmentary)


  1. FSCatskills 123, "The Terrier Dog" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST FSC123 (Partial)
  3. BI, FSC123


Alternate titles: “The Terrier Pup”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1870
Keywords: animal dog fight death
Found in: US(MA,SE)