Border Terrier

Border Terriers are small dogs that originated in the United Kingdom where they were developed to chase foxes out of burrows. However, they were also often used to hunt such other game as rodents, otters and badgers. These are good-natured, lively dogs that make great companions for kids or active adults. It is thought that the Border Terrier is the oldest terrier breed in the U.K. and has been around since the 18th century. They were most commonly used by farmers to flush foxes out of their dens. Foxes were a common pest to farmers during this era. They got their name because they originated in Northeast England near the border of Scotland. They were first registered as a distinct breed in 1920 with the England Kennel Club. However, they were not recognized by the American Kennel Club until the year 1930. Today, these all-around great little dogs excel in many different areas including obedience, hunting, tracking, agility, performing tricks and providing companionship to their owners.

The Border Terrier is a small dog breed that is fast, agile and tireless. It has a small body that can chase small vermin or foxes. It has a dense undercoat with a coarse overcoat. In terms of grooming, it is low in maintenance. The average weight for an adult Border Terrier is 11 to 16 pounds. This is a sturdy little dog with solid legs and a somewhat narrow body. Their coat is rough textured and can grow to about one inch long when not stripped. Acceptable colors include wheaten, blue and tan, red, or grizzle and tan. Their triangular ears are set close to the forehead and drop forward towards the cheeks. The eyes should be hazel-colored and possess an inquisitive, bright appearance. The muzzle should be square-shaped with a black nose and a "beard" around the front of the mouth. The tail is long and straight. Personality: The Border is an easygoing, friendly little dog who likes to make its own decision and be independent. It needs moderate exercise in the form of a walk or fun game. It's good with children and other animals and pets. It's also friendly with strangers. They like to chase rodents and will run away to roam if given the chance. Border Terriers are extremely active dogs that are overflowing with energy. They are also very agile and curious, and due to their hunting instincts, they love to explore and dig. As such, if you choose to add one of these dogs to your household, you will want to be sure to dog-proof your home and yard. Additionally, it is not recommended for you to get a Border Terrier if you have such small pets as cats, rabbits, birds or rodents. Although small in stature, these dogs are sturdy enough and friendly enough to withstand the rough play of children. While Border Terriers may bark when strangers are about, they are typically not aggressive.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
12-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Scottish Sheep Dog, Welsh Sheep Dog, English Sheep Dog, Border Terrier

Border Terrier Build Information

Size
Small
Length (Male)
13-20 in.
Length (Female)
10-12 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
4 - 5 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Border Terrier is a small dog breed that is fast, agile and tireless. It has a small body that can chase small vermin or foxes. It has a dense undercoat with a coarse overcoat. In terms of grooming, it is low in maintenance. The average weight for an adult Border Terrier is 11 to 16 pounds. This is a sturdy little dog with solid legs and a somewhat narrow body.

Their coat is rough textured and can grow to about one inch long when not stripped.

Acceptable colors include wheaten, blue and tan, red, or grizzle and tan. Their triangular ears are set close to the forehead and drop forward towards the cheeks. The eyes should be hazel-colored and possess an inquisitive, bright appearance. The muzzle should be square-shaped with a black nose and a "beard" around the front of the mouth. The tail is long and straight.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Border is an easygoing, friendly little dog who likes to make its own decision and be independent. It needs moderate exercise in the form of a walk or fun game. It's good with children and other animals and pets. It's also friendly with strangers. They like to chase rodents and will run away to roam if given the chance. Border Terriers are extremely active dogs that are overflowing with energy.

They are also very agile and curious, and due to their hunting instincts, they love to explore and dig.

As such, if you choose to add one of these dogs to your household, you will want to be sure to dog-proof your home and yard. Additionally, it is not recommended for you to get a Border Terrier if you have such small pets as cats, rabbits, birds or rodents. Although small in stature, these dogs are sturdy enough and friendly enough to withstand the rough play of children. While Border Terriers may bark when strangers are about, they are typically not aggressive.

Appearance

Colors
Black & Tan Blue Grizzle Red Tan Wheaten
Shedding
None
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Rough

You will need to brush your Border Terrier's coat several times a week to prevent mats from forming. If you wish, you can strip its coat twice a year to help make it easier to groom. If you are not experienced with hand-stripping, it is best to leave this task for your local dog groomer. You should only need to bathe your pet when necessary using a shampoo made especially for dogs.

Check your dog's ears occasionally for any excess wax, and if necessary, you can wipe it out with the corner of a damp cloth.

Lastly, if you need to clip your dog's nails, you can do so with a guillotine-type clipper made for pets. However, be careful not to cut into the small veins that grow within each nail.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Hard
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Daniel Radcliffe of "Harry Potter" owns two Border Terriers
  • Border Terriers have particularly thick skin that protects them from being bitten by foxes when flushing them out of dens
  • Border Terriers have a long, narrow body that allows them to squeeze through amazingly tight spaces

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Common Health Conditions in Border Terriers

Border Terriers are generally a very hardy breed that can live as long as 14 years old. But just as many other breeds are subject to developing various health issues, the Border Terrier is prone to a few health problems as well. The most common of these problems can be found listed here: Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome, Legg-Perthes Disease, Juvenile Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Various Heart Problems, Patellar Luxation, Cryptorchidism and Hypothyroidism. If you are looking for a robust little dog that will alert you to strangers, the Border Terrier may be the breed for you. This is a sturdy dog that gets along quite well with children and loves to run and play. If you choose this breed for your family, you will want to make sure you provide it with a secure yard.

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