Border Terrier Dog Breed Information


Border Terrier Quick Facts
Border Terrier
Breed Group: Terrier
Origen: UK - Scotland / England
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Weight: 11-16 lbs
Height: 10-11 inches
Color(s): Red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten


Border Terrier Appearance

The Border Terrier is a medium-sized dog, with an alert expression. He is slightly taller than long. This breed is well known for their teddy bear face. The Border Terriers have a broad skull and short, strong muzzle with a scissors bite. The shoulders and body are narrow. The head is cheeky and similar to an otter. The eyes are medium size. The small ears are V-shaped, and usually dark in color. The tail is moderately short, thick at the base and tapering.

The Border Terrier has a double coat that is short, dense and wiry. The most common colors are red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten. The weight of the Border Terrier is around 11-16 pounds and the height is around 10-11 inches.

Border Terrier Temperament

The Border Terrier is one of the most friendly and obedient of the group and makes an excellent family dog. They are curious, courageous, active, sociable and well-behaved. The Border Terriers may be medium size but giants when it comes to personality. They are intelligent and eager to please, but they retain the capacity for independent thinking and hunting instincts. They are good watchdog, and may bark, but are not aggressive. There are excellent companions and love of people make them fine therapy dogs, especially for children and the elderly, and they are occasionally used to aid the blind or deaf. They are very good with children and generally good with other dogs and cats, but not with rodents.

Is Border Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Border Terrier will do okay in an apartment if enough exercise is provided. They are moderately inactive indoors and a small yard will be better. His need could be met on a good walk on leash, a vigorous game or a run in a safe area. The Border Terrier prefers cool climates, but adapts well to others. They were breed to hunt and have great vitality and stamina. The Border Terriers could live outside in temperate climates as long as they have access to house to spend some time inside with the family.

Border Terrier Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Border Terrier is around 12-15 years.

Border Terrier Health problems

The Border Terrier is relatively healthy and there are not major concerns associated with this breed, however he is prone to CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, Perthes disease and heart defects. As with all breeds the Border Terrier will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

Border Terrier Care and Grooming

The harsh coat of the Border Terrier requires a weekly grooming and stripping his dead hair about three to four times a year. It is not recommended to trim his coat. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions.

Border Terrier Shedding

The Border Terrier has little to no shedding and therefore may be suited for those with allergies.