Dog Breed profiles
Border Terrier Breed Profile
Border Terrier fact file
KC Group: Terrier
Height: Up to 40cm
Weight: Dogs: 6 - 7kg; bitches: 5 - 6kg
Average lifespan: 13 - 14 years
Temperament: Active, hardy, intelligent, and affectionate
Good with children?: Yes
Exercise requirement: Moderate
Good guard dogs?: Would bark
Moulting level: Low
Colours: Red, wheaten, grizzle, and tan, or blue and tan
Jogging partner: Yes
- A hardy breed, generally enjoying excellent health.
- No known hereditary problems.
- Regular health checks are recommended as he’s a stoical dog who won’t let on if he’s in pain.
- No health tests are required before breeding parent dogs, although it is advised that all puppies are health checked.
- Loyal — to all his family, not just one member.
- An active dog who was originally bred to keep up with mounted hunts and go to ground after foxes. Needs an active lifestyle.
- Would thrive in the countryside but is very versatile and will happily adapt to town life.
- Doesn’t enjoy being alone; he loves human attention.
- Loves to have a routine.
- Gets on well with children, but will put them in their place if they become too rough.
- Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise, his mind needs to be kept busy.
- Biddable nature means he’s eager to please.
- Don’t forget he’s a true terrier and training must be firm and consistent.
- The Border Terrier does have an independent streak; he will often acknowledge you but do what you want him to in his own time.
- The Border sports a harsh, wiry topcoat with a soft and dense undercoat.
- Needs little grooming — a brush over once a week is sufficient.
- Ideally your Border Terrier should be hand-stripped twice a year — in spring and autumn.
- He shouldn’t be clipped as this ruins the coat, altering its colour and texture.
- Seldom requires a bath — though a twice-yearly one will keep him smelling sweet.
- His wiry coat means that mud and dirt will brush off easily.
- Carefully monitor food portions. The Border Terrier is very greedy and would eat his weight in food if given the chance.
- Good temperament.
- Long-lived and healthy.
- Easy to train.
- Good size.
- Low-maintenance coat.
- Needs above-average activity.
- Tendency to chase other small, furry pets in the household.