Border Terrier

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family friendly:
Dog friendly:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 13-16 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Border Terrier originated on the border of Scotland and England. They were bred to hunt fox that would hunt and kill their owners farm birds. This breed was sometimes used while their owner was on horseback and because of this, the Border Terrier had a good temperament around horses. They were primarily used as work dogs but now are primarily used for companionship!

The Border Terrier has a short wiry coat and long muscular legs. They have a slightly pushed inward muzzle and their ears are triangular and small. This breeds body is athletic, compact and is built for hunting. The Border Terrier's tail is medium length and they have small paws. A thick double layered coat keeps them warm when they hunt in cold conditions as it is completely weather resistant and can withstand the cold and wet!

This breed is an energetic, responsive and clever little dog. They are hardworking, intensely driven dogs that any farmer would be privileged to own. As well as being a helping hand on the farm, these dogs make excellent pets because their loving, loyal attitude towards their owner is carried out after work. Playful and constantly displaying a charming attitude, the Border Terrier is a fun loving dog that would make a great edition to any family.


This breed can be found with grizzle-and-tan, blue-and-tan, red, or wheaten fur coats. The most popular of coat colors for this breed is grizzle.


The Border Terrier has a double layered coat with the under coat being softer and more plushy. The top coat is a hard, wiry texture that protects them from the rain and snow. Although their coat is short, they will need to be brushed at least once per week to remove the dead fur. Bathing will not need to be done more then once every couple of months as their coat keeps itself very clean.


The Border Terrier has a charming, lovable, and affectionate character. They are happy-go-lucky dogs that display an upbeat personality. Though they have a stubborn streak, this breed will be easy to train whether that training be put to work or whether it be for basic obedience. The Border Terrier will excel at challenges his owner puts in front of him. When walking this dog, a leash is required because the second something catches their eye, they will be off and might not listen to their masters commands because their instincts are too strong. They will be perfect for families that enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or biking as they thrive on outdoor adventures! This breed for the most part will get along well with other dogs but problems may occur with dogs of the same sex. Socialization will be needed as puppies to ensure they become comfortable with other dogs and people as adults!


The Border Terrier will need a moderate amount of grooming for their coat. Weekly brushing and monthly baths will be perfect to keep their coat in great shape. This breed is prone to Spikes disease, and have a very high pain tolerance to the point where even if they become ill or hurt, will barely show the signs. If they spend a lot of time outdoors, owners should monitor them for ticks! On the whole, this breed is extremely healthy, exhibiting very minimal diseases.


The Border Terrier will need firm and strict training. They are a clever breed but have a stubborn attitude at times which can prevent them from learning different obedience techniques. The sessions for training will need to be kept very short and fun for them to be able to grasp the concept! Gentle methods and consistency will encourage this dog to learn and to keep the information fresh in their minds.


This breed will need a long walk regularly and time spent in an off-leash area. They burn up some energy during the day but will still be ready for extra exercise by night! A dog park that is completely fenced in to either allow them to roam at their own pace or to chase a ball will be perfect for this breed to tire themselves out. The Border Terrier will do well in an apartment as long as they get their daily exercise. A fenced in backyard would be great but isn't a necessity.

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