Border Terrier was developed as an all-purpose hunting terrier who was long-legged enough to follow the hunters on horseback yet small enough to crawl into burrows after prey. Her ancestors are all working terriers. The hill men of the border regions of England bred these dogs for performance rather than along breed lines.
The Border Terrier stands 12 to 14 inches tall and weighs between 11 and 15 pounds. Her head is otterlike, eyes are dark, and ears are dropped. Her body is sturdy and narrow. The undercoat is dense and the outer coat is wiry. She has whiskers and a beard. The coat may be red, wheaten, blue and tan, or grizzle and tan. The coat requires hand-stripping, which can be tough to learn. Ask your dog’s breeder for instructions. The coat does shed and should be brushed two to three times a week.
This active breed needs vigorous daily exercise. Although morning and evening walks will be enjoyed, walks alone are not sufficient. These dogs also need to play some catch and fetch games, train on the agility course, or participate in canine sports. All exercise, games, and training should be on leash or in a fenced yard.
The Border Terrier is an instinctive hunter and cannot be trusted off leash in an unfenced area at any time. Early training can help channel some of the breed’s tendency to be busy. This is also a very bright breed who will thrive with varied and fun training. The Border Terrier does well with an active owner who likes canine games and sports or at least enjoys playing with the dog.
The Border Terrier dog breed is also good with children, as long as the kids are not too rough. Border Terriers usually get along with other dogs and can live nicely with the family cat if raised with the cat. This breed should never be trusted with strange cats, however, or other small pets. Health concerns include heart defects, eye problems, and hip and knee problems.