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Border Terrier

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Border Terrier AKC Group: Terrier
Height: Male: 13-16 inches, Female: 11-14 inches
Weight: Male: 13-15.5 pounds, Female: 11.5-14 pounds
Colors: Blue and tan, grizzle and tan, wheaten, red
AKC recognized in: 1930

The popular Border Terrier derives its name from the borders of Scotland and England where they first originated. Underground hunters, their primary purpose was to track foxes and kill rodents including otters and badgers.

Closely-related to the Bedlington Terrier and Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Border Terrier is an active terrier with medium bone. Recognized only in 1920, it could have come from a much older breed.

This rough breed of terriers could be familiar to you if you've seen Toots who co-stars in "Lassie" or Scamp who also performs in "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody". Since 2008, the popularity grows as more and more owners are registering their Border Terriers with AKC, ranking them 8th in the U.S. and 10th in the U.K.

Known for its endurance and agility, the Border Terrier's body is narrow along its shoulders and quarters. On its otter-shaped head, the eyes are widely-spaced apart while the muzzle is short and dark. Its body is covered with a dense and wiry double coat which ends in a medium-sized tail that tapers.

Among all terriers, it is the Border type which has earned the most Earth Dog titles. This means dogs that are trained to "hunt" through underground tunnels with all their twists and turns. The competition tests their skill and agility in locating prey like caged rats. It puts to work those instinctive traits which have been well-preserved in the breed.


Border Terrier Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

As the best breed of Earth Dogs, you can count on the Border Terrier to be smart, brave, and alert. A bold little hunter, it has the ability to squeeze through narrow spaces.

This terrier comes out a winner because it not only captures its prey but it also captivates your hearts as a pet owner. You'll love how the Border Terrier can be so lively yet good-natured to both adults and children.

Exercise more care, though, in mingling them with other household pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, and cats. Their instinctive hunting nature could run strong and result in an unforeseen chase.

Even-tempered as they are, Border Terriers can sometimes be strong-willed and stubborn as most dogs are. So just train them to be busy and task-oriented where they'll surprise you with their unusual ability to run fast and jump high.

Health and Exercise

The Border Terrier has a life expectency of between 12 and 15 years.

Another thing pleasant about them is that they're so intelligent and adaptable, especially when you train and socialize them early. As watchdogs, they're not aggressive but they do sound the alarm by barking attentively.

Take a hint from the fact that Border Terriers like to play and dig. Give them plenty of exercise to keep them calm and mellow. Otherwise, you can end up with a Border Terrier who's bored and unhappy.

Older Border Terriers aged 15 years and above will still love to walk and then sit down and watch an activity. Aside from hip dysplasia and retinal atrophy, they will also be prone to indigestion and canine epileptoid cramping syndrome.

If you want your Border Terrier to look good, have its coat hand-stripped at least twice a year to remove dead hair. Otherwise, this terrier's fur is easy to maintain being naturally dirt-resistant.

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