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Border Terrier

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Border Terrier

Border Terriers are medium-sized with a coarse, wiry double coat. The coat is harsh and dense with a close undercoat and the skin must be thick. Their coats usually need stripping twice a year. Preferred show ring colors are red, wheaten, grizzle and tan, or blue and tan. Patches of white on the chest are permissible although white on the feet is not allowed. Their heads are otter-like in shape with a strong, broad muzzle. They have strong jaws with teeth meeting in a scissor-like bite. Their eyes are dark and their noses should be black. Liver or flesh colors are also allowed when showing this breed. The small, triangular shaped ears drop forward and lie close to the cheek. The neck should be moderately long. The body should be narrow and the chest medium in depth. The short tail sets high and tapers from base to tip.

Temperament Border Terriers are affectionate, brave and adaptable dogs. Although they are easy-going, they are independent and tend to have a mind of their own. Border Terrier puppies are very active. It is important that they are thoroughly socialized since they may go through a shy phase, especially in noisy or city environments. This breed enjoys digging and should have reinforced areas along the bottoms of the fencing. Border Terriers are great with children and will get along with household cats if raised with them. They will not get along with cats outside of the family and should not be allowed around hamsters, rabbits, rats, birds or other small animals. This breed can become destructive if left alone for extended periods of time and more than one male Border Terrier should not live in the same family.
Height, Weight Male Height: 13-16" ; Weight: 13-16 lbs.
Female Height: 11-14" ; Weight: 11-14 lbs.
Health Problems Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome - CECS (aka Spike's Disease) is a major health concern with the Border Terrier. Because this breed shows few signs of an illness, they should be watched carefully for subtle health changes.
Living Conditions Borders Terriers will do fine with apartment living but do better with a small yard.
Exercise This breed is lively and is bred to hunt. They require lots of exercise.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming The Border Terrier is easy to groom. Only bathe when necessary. This breed goes for the natural look. They should be professionally groomed twice a year. Because they shed little or no hair, they are good for allergy sufferers.
Origin Although their origin is unknown, Border Terriers appeared during the 18th century in the Cheviot Hills area near the Scottish/English border. They were used to compel predatory foxes from their dens and kill them. Their extra strong legs gave them the capability to follow a horse when needed. During the time that this breed was used for hunting marten, otter and the fierce badger, they were known as Reedwater Terriers and Coquetdale Terriers. Border Terriers have changed very little over time and are still used as working terriers in the English countryside today. This breed was officially recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1920, by the AKC in 1930 and by the UKC in 1948.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier