Breed Organization Border Terrier Club of America Website:
http://www.btcoa.org/ Native Country Great Britain Other Names N/A Life Expectancy Approximately 15 Years Litter Size Average 4-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance The Border Terrier has medium bone structure,
strongly put together, suggesting endurance, and agility. However,
it is rather narrow in shoulder, body, and quarter. The body is
covered with a somewhat broken though close-fitting coat. The
characteristic “otter” head with its keen eye, combined with a body
poise, which has an alerted look, gives a look of fearless and
implacable determination characteristic of the breed. Border
Terriers are light in weight.
Breed Description Head: Similar to that of an otter.
Moderately broad skull. Strong, short muzzle. Ears: Small, v-shaped, hanging forward along the cheeks. Eyes: Dark color. Body: Tall, narrow, fairly long. Neck of moderate length. Deep
ribs carried well back; b loin. Tail: Moderately short. Fairly thick at the root and tapering
toward the tip. Carried gaily but not over the back. Hair: Hard, dense. Thick undercoat. Coat: Red, wheaten, grizzle and tan, blue and tan. Size: Dog : no more than 40 cm (16 in).Bitch : no more than 36
cm (14 in). Weight: Dog : 5,9 to 7,1 kg (13-16 lb).Bitch : 5,1 to 6,4 kg
History As its name suggests, the Border Terrier
originated in the Border country in southern Scotland. The breed is
thought to be descended from an ancient type of Bedlington crossed
with the Lakeland Terrier and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The breed
received the name Border Terrier in 1880 and a Border Terrier club
was formed in 1920. The breed was initially used to hunt fox and
accompany hound packs.
Behavior This rustic, courageous, strong, lively, dog
possesses a seemingly boundless supply of energy. In fact, he is
capable of keeping pace with a horse. While the border Terrier has a
strong personality, he also has a happy disposition. He forms a
strong bond with his owners and adores children. This breed is often
aggressive when first meeting other dogs. Firm training is required.
Due to the emotional sensitivity and loving temperament of the dog,
much love and care are necessary. When domesticated, the dog thrives
on love and affection. This dog can likely die if neglected for too
Health Issues to look for: Hip Dysplasia, Perthes
Disease, Luxating Patella, various heart defects, Juvenile
Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Seizures, and CECS (Canine
Eptiloid Cramping Syndrome).
Advice The Border Terrier can adapt to living indoors
if he frequently gets out for long walks. Occasional brushing is all
that is required to maintain the coat. Professional grooming is not
Function Working, Field Game, Field Sporting, Pet.