The Border Terrier (also known simply as the “Border”) is a terrier that features an otter-like face with a wiry coat in colors such as red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan or wheaten. They are among the most popular of all breeds in the United Kingdom and make a suitable choice for families, apartment dwellers and allergy sufferers.
Origins Of The Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is known to have come from the border between Scotland and England during the 1700s and was bred by farmers for the purpose of hunting nuisance foxes by digging underground or following them after horses using their capable running speed. They share common ancestry with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Bedlington Terrier.
Average Size Of The Border Terrier
Border Terriers are classed as a small-sized breed. The suggested standard size for the Border Terrier male is 12-15.5 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 12-20 pounds, while the suggested size for female Border Terriers is 11.5-14 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 12-16 pounds.
Temperament Of The Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is famous for their good-tempered, curious and independent manner. They are generally friendly with visitors, which along with their size often means they are unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Border Terrier is also known to be quite intelligent – placing 30th in comparison with other dogs when taking into account their ability to be taught obedience commands.
They are also known to be good with kids – which makes them fairly suitable as a family pet. The Border Terrier is quite compatible with other dogs and cats that they’re raised with but due to their hunting instinct will not get along with smaller animals such as hamsters, rabbits, rodents or birds.
Living Requirements Of The Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is kept happy with a small yard that is well-fenced to counteract their natural digging instinct, but they can also be very suitable for life in an apartment so long as they are taken for daily walks.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Border Terrier
As with many small-sized breeds of dogs, the Border Terrier is by and large long-lived possessing a life expectancy of 12-15 years. The largest health problem for Border Terriers is widely recognized as canine epileptoid cramping syndrome or “Spike’s Disease” which can often be confused with epilepsy – but otherwise they are an extremely healthy breed.
Exercise Needs Of The Border Terrier
The Border Terrier takes pleasure from pastimes that include chasing after balls, playing with toys or taking part in agility and obstacle courses. They have a fairly high amount of energy and require exercise each day in the form of long walks to prevent excessive barking and other destructive behavior problems.