Border Terrier, one of the rarest of the terrier breeds, is gaining
popularity. The breed is small enough to adapt to a house or an
apartment. Borders usually have out-going alert
personalities. While the Border adapts well to the city or
country, he should have a daily walk to keep up his spirits.
Developed in the north of England, the Border
Terrier was once known as the Coqueldale Terrier and was used to hunt
the fox that preyed on farmers livestock. He became a favourite
hunt terrier, working with packs of Border Foxhounds. Hunt masters are
credited with standardizing breed type and having this hardy working
terrier recognized as a pure breed by The Kennel Club of England around
Since these dogs still love to hunt and run, they
should be kept in a properly fenced yard, climb proofed and dig
proofed. A sturdy, natural looking terrier, the Border Terriers
distinctive head resembles that of an otter, giving the Border a
charming expression that could be the reason for its growth in
popularity. Its coat is harsh and slow growing in comparison to
the coats of other terriers: thus, the coat is relatively easy to
keep. The color is usually shades of red, grizzle & tan, blue
& tan or wheaten. There is some shedding but it is minimal..
The long coat may be raked or pulled by hand but should never be cut
or clippered. Males weigh around 15lb and females slightly less.
Heights are around 12 to 14 inches. The Border Terrier is a natural clown, always trying to please.
This makes them great obedience or show dogs. Their natural
instinct can be used for hunting or den trials. Not the most
glamorous breed but a good honest little dog for companionship and fun.
Border Terriers are the calmest and least
aggressive of the terriers. They usually get along with other dogs and
have a special love for children. Licking you is a special
joy. They are good watchdogs but not foolish barkers.
Health wise, Border Terriers are quite hardy.
Reputable breeders guarantee health of all pups and adults sold.
Any problems in the breed will be discussed before purchase. Neutering is
Here is a site of interest: http://www.ckc.ca