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Basic Information To Know About The Border Terrier

2016/5/4 10:15:04

The Border Terrier (also known simply as the "Border") is a terrier that features an otter-like face with a wiry coat in colors such as red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan or wheaten and is among the most popular of all breeds in the United Kingdom. The breed has origins dating back to the 1700s, and they were first bred for the main purpose of hunting foxes.

A few of their most recognizable features include their well-mannered temperament, playfulness with children and non-shedding coat - which help make the Border Terrier a suitable choice for families, apartment dwellers and allergy sufferers.

The Border Terrier was originally created in the border between Scotland and England during the 1700s and was bred by farmers for the purpose of hunting nuisance foxes by digging underground or chasing after horses. They share common ancestry with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Bedlington Terrier.

Border Terriers are classed as a small-sized dog. The recommended standard size for the Border Terrier male is 12-15.5 inches high from paw to shoulder and a weight of 12-20 pounds, whereas the recommended size for female Border Terriers is 11.5-14 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 12-16 pounds.

The Border Terrier is well-known for their good-tempered, curious and independent temperament. They are generally friendly with strangers, which along with their size can make them unsuitable as a guard dog.

The Border Terrier is also known to be quite intelligent - ranking 30th compared to other dogs based on their ability to learn obedience commands. They are also known to be good with children - making them fairly suitable as a family pet. The Border Terrier is quite compatible with other dogs and cats that they're raised with but due to their hunting instinct will not get along with smaller animals such as hamsters, rabbits, rodents or birds.

The Border Terrier is happiest with a small yard that is well-fenced to counteract their natural digging instinct, but they can be very suitable for apartment living if they are exercised enough.

The Border Terrier enjoys activities such as chasing after balls, playing with toys or taking part in agility and obstacle courses. They have a fairly high level of energy and need to be given daily exercise in the form of long walks to prevent excessive barking and other destructive behavior problems.

The Border Terrier can make the perfect dog for active families or owners, apartment dwellers and allergy sufferers. They are suitable for anyone who is willing to commit to a small amount of grooming and take time to give them early socialization and ongoing mental challenges as well as take them for long daily walks and give a good amount of companionship and attention. Though they might be somewhat unsuitable for a guard dog or with other non-canine animals, if you are able to meet their needs for exercise and a well-fenced yard then the Border Terrier could make the ideal dog breed for you. is an online magazine written by dog lovers for dog lovers that covers a wide variety of topics such as dog training, dog health and advice on dog breeds such as information on Border Terrier information.