Border Terriers


Border Terriers

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Breed Notes

The Border Terrier is a dog bred on the border of Scotland and England to hunt fox that prey on the livestock there. Thus they were bred for function rather than aesthetic appearance. The first written record of the breed appeared in England in 1880. They were also called Reedwater Terriers and Coquetdale Terriers for regions where they were being bred. They are small dogs that must have sufficient length of leg to keep pace with horses on the hunt yet squat enough to go to ground after foxes (see below). They were recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1920 and the American Kennel Club in 1930.
The Border Terrier's small size and alert but obedient demeanor make him a marvelous watchdog and companion. He is a tireless, hard worker who is also a strong obedience trial competitor.
The Border Terrier has an "otter-like" head with a moderately broad flat skull and a short, strong muzzle. Dark hair on the muzzle is preferred. The nose is black and the bite is scissors. The eyes are dark hazel, of moderate size and neither prominent nor small and beady. The ears are small, v-shaped, fold at level with the top of the skull and drop close to the cheek. He is medium boned, strong and active. The neck is muscular and only long enough to give a well-balanced appearance. The topline is level. His legs are straight. His body is somewhat narrow to enable him to enter fox burrows. The tail is moderately short, but not docked, set high and carried gaily. His coat color may be red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten. It is excessively wiry and weather resistant in order to withstand the harsh climate of the border region. His average height is eight to eleven inches and average weight is between eleven and fifteen pounds.


Name withheld by request of Ohio writes:

I love Border Terriers!
I love this dog because it is a very good companion to everyone, loyal, energetic and cuddly. I'm very energetic and need an energetic dog and we need a small dog like the Border Terrier. I think the Border Terrier is a better companion than the Jack Russell Terrier because the Jack Russell doesn't like to cuddle very much, too energetic, digs holes, and isn't very good with other pets. That is why I think this dog is for people who like small dogs.


Name withheld by request of Colorado writes:

The most adaptable dog we have ever owned.
Border Terriers are the most adaptable dogs in the world. They do equally well in the country or in an apartment. They are equally adept at being a "lap" dog or as an energetic jogging or running companion. They are extremely intelligent and responsive. They are easily trained but are sensitive and the owner should have a light hand. We have had our B.T. for two years, and can honestly say that he is the best breed we have ever owned. While he is a Terrier and as such displays a robust attitude, he is not hyperactive as some Terrier breeds are. Our B.T. is an excellent watchdog and barks whenever someone comes to the door, but he really loves people and kids. All in all you could not find a better companion than a Border Terrier.


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