Border Terrier

Border Terrier information

The Border Terrier was used in Scotland to hunt small prey like mice and shrews. In the 18th century, Border Terriers were mostly used by farmers and Shepherds, who would use them to protect their farms and animals. At night, the Border Terrier would still protect the animals in the barn from foxes and other animals; his thick and waterproof coat offers him great protection from extreme weather conditions.

Border Terriers were also trained to follow hunters on their horse and track prey from their burrows. Their great stamina and small size made them extremely good in fulfilling this role.

Nowadays, Border Terriers make good companions but, due to their origins, they require a lot of exercise.

Border Terrier characteristics

Border Terrier measures between 10 to 11 inches and weighs from 5 to 7 Kilos. Their coat is hard and thick. The most common coat colours are red, grey and tan.

Border Terriers require hand stripping every 6 months to remove dead hair and allow new hair growth.

Border Terrier Temperament

Over the years, the Border Terrier has become a good companion. He is very active and loves to play. He can easily adapt to the lifestyle of his owners but, being a working dog, he will need a lot of exercise. As a hunting dog, he enjoys tracking animals like foxes and mice.

The Border Terrier enjoys the company of his owner. He is generally good around children and his always happy to take part in their adventures.

Border Terrier Training

Border Terriers need consistency in their training. Training a Border Terrier puppy will require time and patience from the owner. It is necessary to establish rules and give strict but gentle training to your puppy, so that he understands the hierarchy of the household.

Generally, Border Terriers are fast learners. They are very intelligent and are eager to please their owners.

Border Terrier puppies need to be socialized with other dogs from an early age as they can sometimes be aggressive towards other dogs.

Border Terrier Food habits

Border Terriers are generally not fussy with food also they can be fed with dry aliments or home-made food as long as their dietary needs are fulfilled.

Border Terrier Health

The life expectancy of a Border Terrier ranges between 12 to 15 years. Overall, he is a healthy dog but, like most dogs, it is important before adopting a Border Terrier to find a responsible dog breeder to avoid your new companion suffering from genetic diseases like: