Border Terrier

Border Terrier

Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Fairly affectionate
Not very protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Low to medium maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Typical Lifespan:
12-15 years

About the Border Terrier Breed

The Border Terrier is slightly taller than it is long, with a large head for its body. Bred to dispatch foxes and for help when hunting, it has relatively long legs that can keep a pace up over uneven ground. Despite this, it still manages to be small enough to work its way through undergrowth to chase foxes and other prey. It has a thick hide that helps protect it from prey that tries to bite back.

The red, black, tan, grey or white Border Terrier has a short coat that should conform to its body shape. Despite the coat being very short, it is still double layered, and needs hand stripping about twice a year to remove dead hair. The tail naturally tapers towards the tip, and it has v-shaped ears that hang down towards its cheeks, framing the classically 'otter-shaped' head.

Having been bred to run with a pack, the Border Terrier is very amiable and will get on well with people and other animals (except rodents). It has an independent streak, and also likes to hunt, which together mean it is a dog that will like to roam. This could cause an issue in a strange place or in an insecure garden, if it decides to roam and gets lost.

The Border needs to be exercised every day, be it a long walk, an intense game session or an off-lead exploration in a safe area. It can cope living outside in mild climates, but might suffer somewhat from loneliness. It does best when it has access to both the indoors and outdoors, to come and go as it pleases.

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