All About Border Terriers
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The Border Terrier is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 10 to 11 inches.
Weight: 13 to 15.5 pounds.
Females – Height: 10 to 11 inches.
Weight: 11.5 to 14 pounds.
Border Terriers are commonly red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, and wheaten.
Star pupils in obedience class and
quick to pick up on new routines, Border Terriers are an intelligent and hard-working breed. Though they are all business while they work, they are loving toward their families and have friendly natures. Their curiosity can sometimes get them into trouble.
Border Terriers are a medium-energy breed and require moderate activity each day. A walk, a brisk game or the chance to explore new terrain can satisfy their exercise requirements. Owners must keep a close eye on their dogs while exercising, as they have a tendency to roam away.
Border Terriers have double coats, with a dense undercoat covered by a wiry, straight outercoat. They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed that requires weekly brushing and stripping of dead hairs four times a year. They have narrow bodies and dark muzzles.
12 to 15 years
Border Terriers are a generally healthy breed. Their most common health concerns include canine hip dysplasia, and heart defects.
Border Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Border Terriers are very good with children, though some bark a lot and may frighten younger kids. They are friendly toward other dogs and other household pets except for rodents.
- Border Terriers, believed to be Britain’s oldest terrier, are from the Cheviot Hills area, a range of hills on the border between England and Scotland.
- These dogs were bred to be capable of running with horses but small enough to burrow into a fox’s lair while on the hunt.
- Farmers often used Border Terriers to hunt down the vermin on their farms, which is why they go after rodents today.