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Border Terriers

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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Border Terrier

All About Border Terriers

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Average Height & Weight

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.

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Border Terrier


Typical Coloring

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.




Activity Level

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.


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Breed Characteristics

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.



Age Expectancy

12 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

Border Terriers are a generally healthy breed. Their most common health concerns include canine hip dysplasia, and heart defects.





Ideal Climates for this Breed

Border Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Border Terrier


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

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.






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