0
TOTAL
SHARES

Border Terrier

Personality:Plucky, happy, affectionate

Coat & Grooming:The wiry coat is an easy-keeper, requiring occasional brushing and trimming

Energy Level:Very Active; Quick and agile, Borders need exercise and time to explore

Originally: England/Scotland

Nicknames: Border

Size: Small

Meet the Border Terrier

​Borders stand from 11 to 16 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 11.5 to 15.5 pounds. The short, wiry coat can be grizzle and tan, blue and tan, wheaten, or red. They’re easy to recognize among other terriers by their unique head shape: “otter head,” as Border fans say. Another distinguishing trait is that they’re longer in leg than other terriers of their weight. The breed’s admirers cherish the Border’s reputation as a tough, no-nonsense working terrier.

What's Their Story?

​In the countryside near the Scottish-English border, farmers and shepherds developed quick, agile terriers to help pursue the clever, sheep-stealing fox. This required terriers with legs long enough to keep up with foxhounds and huntsmen on horseback. But they also had to be small enough to dig into the fox’s lair and force him into the open. A wiry coat protected these fearless terriers from the wet weather and rough terrain of the borderland.

What are they Like?

​Borders are described as “hard as nails” when working, but at home they’re good-tempered, affectionate, and trainable. And, yes, they’re awfully cute. Borders love exploring outdoors and make fine childhood playmates. Bred to be country dogs, Borders adapt well to city life—as long as they get plenty of exercise. Borders were created to work alongside hounds, so they tend to get along with other dogs—but their hunting instincts can be aroused when cats or squirrels cross their path.

See more Border Terrier photos here

Future Dog - Joining the Wearables Revolution?

2015 will be the year of pet wearables.

Dec 18, 2014 | 128 Views Read More

[VIDEO]: Watch This Dog Run for the First Time in His Life

Derby hits the ground running—thanks to this innovative design.

Dec 18, 2014 | 21589 Views Read More

Meet AKC’s Four Newly Recognized Breeds

From an Italian hound to a Spanish fisherman's assistant, these dogs are bringing a host of skills to AKC's registry.

Dec 17, 2014 | 93740 Views Read More

Clifford Author Norman Bridwell Passes Away at 86

The creator of the Big Red Dog leaves behind a legacy.

Dec 17, 2014 | 2061 Views Read More

7 Pet-Friendly Holiday Decorating Tips

How to deck the halls without hurting your dog

Dec 17, 2014 | 1848 Views Read More

Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays With Your Dogs

Holiday fun for Fido, too.

Dec 16, 2014 | 171 Views Read More