Border Terrier

This dog breed is small with a rough coated terrier. Its origin was on the border of England and Scotland.

History of the Border Terrier

History of the Border TerrierAlthough it is unclear who its exact ancestors are, it is believed that this breed could have been developed by ancient British hounds and terriers. These could include two terriers (Reedwater and Coquetdale Terriers) that were mainly bred by shepherds and farmers to help them keep their domestic animals safe from the marauding foxes that were common in the area.

For the longest time, the Border Terrier has been the most preferred breed for hunting foxes. It either accompanies the hunters on horseback or occasionally on foot. Most people use them to flush out foxes especially from underground.  The bred is believed to be among the oldest dog breed and its history dates back to the 1800.

Characteristics of the Border Terrier

One of the most outstanding features of the Border terrier is its head which is moderately broad with a short square muzzle; this dog has fairly large eyes and quite small V-shaped ears. It has a compact body with a level back. Border terrier’s legs are a long and low set but it has a very sturdy tail that is carried upwards.  This dog’s color varies with some having a red color, grizzle and tan, wheaten, and occasionally you will come across some with a blue and tan color.

Characteristics of the Border Terrier

Border terrier’s height

The Border terrier is a short dog and its height between the top of the shoulder and the ground is only 13 to 16 inches.

Temperament of the Border terrier

The Border terrier is an unusually alert dog that is also affectionate, cheerful and bold. It is an intelligent animal that is loved because of its loyalty.  This breed has great stamina and it never gives up easily. It is no wonder that the breed is preferred for its determination as its strong desire to hunt and dig helps it escape easily.

Requirements of the Border Terrier

Border TerrierTo find success with this breed, you may need to stay training much earlier and be firm in handling it. Also, remember the dog has a lot of energy and so it would be ideal to ensure that it gets proper exercise every day.  In addition to the exercise, this breed needs to be watched closely because when they become idle or bored, they tend to become very noisy and destructive.

Their coats do not grow continuously although the rough part sheds occasionally. This can be managed with regular grooming.

Health of the Border Terrier

Border Terriers are known to be one of the healthiest breed of dog. However, they are also prone to diseases like Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (CECS), a condition that is very similar to canine epilepsy.

Lifespan of the Border Terrier

Border Terriers are known to live for between 13 to 15 years.