The Border Terrier

The exact origins of the Border terrier are not clear but a lot of breeders recognise the story that they originated in the Cheviot Hills area, which is close to the border between Scotland and England.

The dog has been utilised as a hunter of rabbits and hares. They can even keep up with running horses with their short but tough, sturdy legs. They were also used by farmers to tempt predatory foxes into their dens before killing them.

In addition, they were also developed to hunt otters, marten, and even ferocious badgers. Like most terriers that were once moulded as hunters, they also evolved as pets and became endearing, friendly, and loyal companion dogs.

They also participate in dog shows and they can easily grab their audience attention by showing their agility, appearance, and bright disposition.

The Border Terrier breed was registered by the British Kennel Club in 1920 and by the American Club ten years later.

At present, Borders are highly favored as companion dogs and pets due to their adaptability, friendliness, and fetching personality. All the same, they can be dependable when it comes to hunting down vermin.

In fact, some of their valued talents include hunting, guarding the family, and performing tricks and sports that demand competitive obedience.

Characteristics of the Border Terrier

They have a wiry, short, double coat and this is why they usually seem scruffy. The color of this breed vary and can be tan, red, grizzle and tan, and/or blue and tan.

Height is between 11 and 16 inches and they weigh between 11 and 16 pounds.

They are quite at home living either indoors or in a fenced yard.


Scruffy, hardy and bold hunters, Border terriers are very active as puppies but become more easy going as they mature. They are not friendly with rabbits, rats, hamsters, and even birds, but they can live with family cats, although not strange cats.

Health Issues

Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome or CES, also called as "Spike's disease". This is a genetic, neurological, metabolic and muscle disorder sometimes confused with canine epilepsy. 

Cataracts, or loss of transparency of one or both lenses of the eyes

Cryptorchidism, where the testicles do not come down into the scrotum


Some Skin problems and allergies.

General Care and Exercise

The Border terrier's coat needs weekly brushing and should be professionally groomed at least twice a year.

Only bathe when necessary as they shed little to no hair. Their body-build demands frequent exercise but they should be kept on a leash while walking in public places because of their hunting instincts.

People love the fact that these dogs can learn very quickly. This is because of their built-in curiosity and toughness. However, the same qualities that make them prize-winners can also make them very obstinate when they want to be. You need to be consistent with your commands and show the Border terrier pet dog that you mean what you say.