The Border Terrier is a breed of dog  that came from the borders of England and Scotland. Its ancestors are said to be the Dandie Dinmont terrier and the Bedlington terrier. Today, countless of families choose the Border terrier as a companion and in fact, this breed ranked 81st in the American Kennel Club registry and 10th at the UK kennel club.

This breed got its name from the fact that it was developed in the Scottish borders thus the name Border Terrier. Although it existed long ago, it only gained recognition at the Kennel Club in 1920. Prior to this registration, it was listed under Any Other Variety category by the Kennel Club.

The Border Terrier is recognizable amongst the terriers for its otter-head which is a broad skull and a short and strong snout. The ears of this dog are V-shaped and fall closely to the cheeks. The tail is innately short and is stocky at the base and tapers towards the end.

Its body is lean and narrow and is covered with short, dense coat. The average height of this dog is between 13 to 26 inches at the withers. The weight is 13 to 15.5 pounds for the male and 11.5 to 14 for the female.

The Border Terrier has a double coat that is soft underneath and coarse, stringy and weather resistant at the top. This rough-looking coat sheds twice a year and thus needs hand stripping during these seasons so as to remove dead hair and allow the coat to grow back unobstructed. The common coat colors for this breed are blue and tan, red, wheaten, and grizzle and tan.

This dog is sociable and gets along well with other dogs but it does not hesitate to fight back whenever it feels threatened. Generally, however, this dog is very friendly and does not aggress anybody intentionally and in fact, it will likely go with a stranger without suspicion. This dog is also very bright and mild tempered but at times it can be confrontational and hard-headed.

Training this dog to perform tasks is a piece of cake because it impressively learns quickly. Surprisingly, it can jump real high and run fast given the size of its legs. However, learning tricks for the Border Terrier is hard labor because it tends to be less biddable in this kind of training.

The Border Terrier is originally a hunter and so it has great stamina and energy that needs to be taken care of with daily exercise such as long walks. This dog is also sensitive to pain and so owners should watch for this dog’s health. An apartment living is sufficient for this dog’s space needs because it is not overly active inside the house.

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  • Affectionate, Happy, Plucky
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 88 of 191
  • Height: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 13-15.5 pounds (male), 11.5-14 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Terrier Group

Border Terrier Club of America

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