Border Terrier - Breed Profile

Border Terrier – Breed Profile.Border Terrier – Breed Profile.

Border Terrier – Breed Profile.

Border Terrier - Breed Profile

Border Terriers originated from North East England in the 18th century. They have long, narrow flexible bodies that help them get into narrow holes in the ground to flush out foxes. Their long legs help them run fast.

The Border Terriers have a double coat with a dense and short undercoat while the outer coat is rough. Their skin is loose and thick protecting them from bites during their fox hunting days.

General Characteristic List.

Classification: Terrier

Weight Range: Male: 13 to 15 lb

Female: 11 to 14 lb

Height at Withers: Male: 11 inches

Female: 10 inches

Unique Features: Floppy ears


Exercise Requirements: 30 to 40 minutes a day

Energy Level: Average

Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Dig: High

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

Bred For: Fox hunting

Coat Length: Medium

Coat Characteristics: Short, dense undercoat and wiry top coat

Coat Colours: Red, blue and tan, grizzle and tan, or pale yellow sometimes with a white patch on chest

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Garden Requirements: Moderate

Prevalence: Common

The Personality of the Border Terrier.

Border Terriers are good-tempered and independent. They are the friendliest of the terrier breed but are not social with other small animals like cats, rabbits and mice. Their hunting nature makes them fearless.

Borders are obedient, inquisitive and amicable. Though they tend to bark and dig with a tendency to wander off when an opportunity presents itself, they make excellent companions for everyone and are gentle with children.

Like all breeds, Border Terriers need to be exposed to many sights and sounds from an early age. Early socialisation will help to raise a more agreeable dog.

Border Terriers in the home.

Borders are affectionate with their families. They love to play and spend time with people. When spending time in a fenced-in yard, supervision is necessary to ensure the Borders don’t make an escape.

These wonderful dogs can easily gain weight and become obese. Borders shouldn’t be stuffed with dog treats or table scraps. Regular play and exercise, as well as diet monitoring, are the best ways to avoid excessive weight gain.

Border Terriers are not a high maintenance breed. Their coats are resistant to dirt. Baths should be limited to avoid softening the coat. Simply rubbing a towel over the coat should be enough to clean off any dirt. Because of their fearless nature Borders may get in over their heads and get injured. Special care should be given to protect them.


The Border Terrier is a quick study and is eager to please, making him easy to train. He is intelligent and will easily grasp simple rules. Bred to work independently away from his handlers, this dog maybe a little hesitant to respond to commands. Harsh language and treatment should be avoided during training. To keep the Border alert, leash training is encouraged.


All dogs are at risk of getting ill. Border Terriers are no different. They are however predisposed to health concerns like hip dysplasia, seizures, patellar luxation, heart defects and malocclusions.

7 thoughts on “Border Terrier – Breed Profile.”

  1. Beesean says:

    Hello there Nic, 8 really enjoyed going through your profiling of the border terrier dogs and I think it’d be particularly useful to anyone looking to get a dog. From what I’ve read in your article about them, border terriers seem to be the ideal pet that I’m sure every household will be lucky to have. Thank you for sharing this article. 

    1. Nic Castle says:

      They are a great dog, they can have a lot of energy

  2. Justin says:

    Hello Nic, this is one breed of a disband I can’t come to understand how strong it could be for it to be a hunting dog and not just the regular one, for hunting fox and that is none really great quality. I really believe there is so much that this dog could do. How well is it’s the ability to adapt to the new environment 

    1. Nic Castle says:

      The Border Terrier is a great dog it is full of energy and very intelligent.

  3. trudnocairoditeljstvo says:

    I really like this description border terrier. as a kid, I had terriers and have adored them ever since. They really are wonderful dogs. I’ve heard somewhere that it’s recommended to be sterilized as soon as possible so you don’t get genital cancer, I don’t know if there’s any truth in that or not, but when it comes to health, I think it’s worth it.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      It is said that early sterilisation will reduce the chance of cancer. It has to be realised that sterilising a dog too early can cause bigger problems.

  4. Nath says:

    Thank you so much for the detailed information made available here. Cannot be more better than all you have simplified here. Though I have very minimum knowledge about this breed before hand but going by all I have read in here,  I can say that I fancy this a lot. They are cute and can be perfect for us in the long while. Thanks

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