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Border Terrier

Border Terrier

Border Terrier
Breed Organization
Border Terrier Club of America
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
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 (11-14 lb).

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.

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 long.

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).

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 required.

Working, Field Game, Field Sporting, Pet.

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