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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.

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