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The Border Terrier Dog

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About the Border Terrier

  1. The Border Terrier is a small, energetic and playful breed of dog that originated in the border region between England and Scotland.
  2. This breed was developed to assist with hunting and herding on the rugged terrain of the border region, and it is known for its tenacity and endurance.
  3. The Border Terrier is a small dog, typically weighing between 11 and 16 pounds and standing 11 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder.
  4. They have a short, dense and weather-resistant coat that is typically blue and tan or red and tan in color.
  5. The breed has a distinctive "otter" tail that is thick at the base and tapers to a point. The breed's head is also distinctive, with a wide skull and a slightly pointed muzzle.

Lovely Border Terrier at The Beach

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The Border Terrier is a highly active and energetic breed that requires plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

They are known to be very playful and enjoy running, playing fetch and going for long walks.

They are also known to be very intelligent and can be trained to do a variety of tasks, such as agility training and obedience training.

Why Chose a Border Terrier

One of the defining traits of the Border Terrier is its robust prey drive, stemming from its origins as a hunter of small game such as foxes. This inclination is still prevalent in many Border Terriers today, making it essential to keep them on a leash or in a properly enclosed area when outside.

Despite this, Border Terriers are incredibly loyal, loving and make great companions. They are known to be very good with children and other pets, and they are easy to socialize. They are also known to be very protective of their families and make great watchdogs.

While their strong prey drive may require extra precautions, the Border Terrier's loyalty, affection and ability to bond with its family make it a highly desirable companion for the right person.

Supercute Border Waiting for a Long Walk

Super Cute Border Terrier

Super Cute Border Terrier

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The Loving Border Terrier

In terms of grooming, the Border Terrier requires regular brushing to maintain the health of their dense coat. They also need to be trimmed and stripped every few months to remove any dead hair. The breed is generally healthy and has a lifespan of 12-15 years, however, they can be prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia and allergies.

The Border Terrier is a great choice for a active and energetic person looking for a loyal and affectionate companion. They are known to be very adaptable and can live happily in both urban and rural environments as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation. Their strong prey drive and protective nature make them great watchdogs and they are known to be good with children and other pets. With proper training, socialization, and care, they make great family pets.

It's also important to note that, like all breeds, the Border Terrier are not a good fit for everyone. Before getting one, it is important to research the breed and speak to other Border Terrier Owners (There are numerous BT Groups on Facebook).

Think about adopting from a rescue organization like the Border Terrier Wellfare Trust, OR from a Recognised breeder to ensure that the dog you are bringing home has been raised in a healthy and loving environment.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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