Border Terrier


The Border Terrier is a small, very tough and tenacious dog. Borders are extremely fit and somewhat calmer than most of the terrier dog breeds. Borders have an otter-like head with a short muzzle and broad skull. These Terriers have a harsh, wiry outer coat with a thick dense undercoat. The Border’s colours are red, wheat, grizzle and tan or blue and tan. Borders stand about 12 to 15 inches high at shoulder height and weigh from 12 to 18 pounds. Border Terriers are members of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Terrier Group.


This breed gets its name from the border separating Scotland and England. The first Borders made their appearance in the late 17th century and shared a common ancestry with other terriers in this region. At various times, they were called the Reedwater or Coquetdale terriers. The Borders were used for fox hunting and guarding farms. Farmers wanted a dog that had enough stamina and speed to follow their horses all day but was small enough to follow a fox into its burrow. The Border was ranked 82nd out 154 breeds in 2004 AKC registration popularity.


Borders are alert, active, and cheerful dogs that can adapt to most situations as long as they have enough human companionship and exercise. These Terriers make good family pets and they get along well with children and other pets if they are raised with them. Borders are intelligent and devoted to their owner and therefore respond well to early obedience training. These Terriers love to play games but should only be let off-leash in a fenced area. Borders make suitable pets for first-time dog owners.


Borders should have a fair amount of daily exercise including long daily walks. These terriers can adapt to apartment living if they receive enough exercise and companionship.


The Borders wiry coat needs minimal grooming. These Terriers are low-volume shedders and just need weekly brushing and the occasional trimming of the neck, head and legs.

Health Considerations:

Border Terriers are hardy dogs with no common health problems.

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