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Border Terrier: Characteristics, Grooming, Health, Training

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About Border Terrier

Country of Origin, History of Border Terriers

Border Terriers were originally bred as fox and vermin hunters, and they share a common ancestry with Dandie Dinmont Terriers and Bedlington Terriers.

Since they were bred to keep vermin and fox away from the farm, small pets such as hamsters, rabbits and birds are not safe if left unattended.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Border Terriers have a broad skull and a narrow body. With an otter-shaped head, they have short muzzle, short whiskers, strong teeth and V-shaped ears. The tail is short.

Coat Type

The Border Terrier has a double coat consisting of a dense and soft undercoat and harsh, wiry outer coat. The coat is mostly straight with no curl or waves.

Coat Color

Common coat colors are grizzle-and-tan, blue-and-tan, red, or wheaten.


The Males should stand 13-18" tall, while
Females will be slightly smaller at 11-14" height .


The Males should weigh 13-16 lbs., while
Females will be weighing 11-14 lbs.

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Border Terrier Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Breed

With its winning personality and desire to please, the Border terrier could easily steal your heart and take home the prize.

Affectionate and smart, this breed does well in agility and obedience and, like most terriers, fares well with early instruction.

Socialize as a puppy to avoid a timid pet. They get along well with other canines and cats they are raised with, but should not be trusted with those they do not know.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Urban dwellers will enjoy the fact that play indoors takes care of much of their exercise. However, digging is a desirable asset because they were bred to find predatory fox. So if you have a backyard, it would be best to have a secure fence both above and below ground level.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Children of all ages are tolerated by Border Terrier and will fetch and do tricks if begun when young. Very active as puppies, they will calm down somewhat with age.


Watchful and alert, they can make a good watchdog. They train easily to lead and make fine walking companions.

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This breed makes a fine pet for allergy sufferers with its non-shedding coat and requires regular brushing and minimal bathing from its owner.

A professional grooming 1-2 times a year should keep its “scruffy appearance” maintained.

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Health and Care

So hardy is this breed and insensitive to pain that owners will need to be alert to signs of illness.

Health concerns are few but may include one kind of hereditary disease known as CECS, a type of neurological disorder

Life Expectancy: 15 years or more.

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