Border Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


As well as Border Collie, the Border terrier was bred in the area between England and Scotland, from where its name originates. Home of Border terrier is untouched rocky hills and mountains of Northumberland counties and Roksbargshire. These dogs are known in these parts since the late 18th century and can be considered one of the oldest working breeds in Britain.

They are close relatives of two other breeds of terriers from the same region: Bedlington terrier and Dundee Diamond terrier. In the past centuries farmers, hunters and shepherds needed such a helper as the Border terrier - brave, agile, durable and unpretentious.

His name and standard this small terrier received thanks to the enthusiast families Robson Dodd and Dobson. For a little more than three centuries, breed development has not changed in appearance and has lost nothing of its operating performance, which gains more and more friends around the world. He was known under different names, but in 1880 he got his present name. This terrier was bred like a hunting dog alongside the retriever and the foxhound. For the first time the breed was registered in the AKC in 1930.

Physical characteristics

The real border terrier will conquer your heart, without requiring constant attention.

In his unique appearance you will first notice his little head, slightly flat skull, well-shaped blunt snout and soft lines of the body. His eyes are colored in dark hazelnut and they always shine. His relatively short tail is thick at the base and thin towards the top. In his movements you could see the unusual combination of energy and smoothness that makes this dog a real working terrier. The Border terrier combines the primitive hardness of a German hunting dog with his own unique and harmonious mobility.

Character and behavior

This is a hard working animal with charming and youthful appearance.

In general, the Border Terrier has qualities, thanks to which, without making any special effort, he occupies a special place in the diverse family of terriers.

Training and education

Today these charming dogs are still actively used for what they were created - fox hunting.

Yet today this border terrier is not only a hunter. Thanks to his remarkable abilities - soft temperament, sharp-witted and easy going character - he easily becomes a beautiful athlete in agility, participate in exhibitions and is a very nice and energetic pet!

Health problems

Border terriers have very good health and aren't prone to any typical diseases. Their owners enjoy the longevity of the breed - from 15 to 18 years. So if you already chose a Border Terrier among so many puppies for sale, you should know that it will be a long mutual love.

Grooming and care

The small size (height at withers 28 to 31 cm and a weight of 5 to 7 kg), friendliness and excellent health make this terrier a desirable friend of all family members. He is suitable for dog lovers who like long walks in the woods and fields.

Caring for his fur isn't complicated – just clean it from time to time and never trim it.

Children and other pets

Border Terriers get along great with everyone, including children. They are sociable animals in constant need of communication with family members and other dogs.

Interesting facts

First border terriers are shown in exhibitions in the 70s and 80s of the 19th century. Particularly successful is their participation in the exhibition in Belingam, but, unfortunately, there isn't enough data from this period. The first representative of the breed is registered with the British Kennel Club in 1913 in the category "Any Breed or Variety of British, Colonial, or Foreign Dog - Not Classified". According to Anne Roslin-Williams between 1912 and 1919 were registered 141 dogs.

On 24/06/1920 a group of enthusiasts gathered in Heyuik to create a club of the breed - Border Terrier Club ( ). Founders of the club were grandchildren of gentlemen who started everything - John and Jacob Robson and John Dodd. And when the British Kennel Club registered the breed, the club already had 121 members.