Border Terrier


A small, lightweight and very hardy terrier. Very tough and tenacious. Alert and active. Friendly, cheerful and outgoing. Will love to be out in all kinds of weather – seemingly impervious to just about anything.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Borderline high. Energetic dogs that lap up exercise and activities. Need long daily walks. Would do well with 2 hours a day, or more. Makes a good jogging, cycling or hill walking companion despite their small size.

Size: 12-15 inches

Weight: 12-18 lbs

Colour: Tan/fawn basis with ‘salt n pepper’ effect black in the coat

Town or Country: Both, but can do as much exercise as you want, does well in country.

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: A highly active family, or highly active singles and couples, who like being outdoors in all weathers, and don’t mind a dog that can be a little stubborn at times. Can be ok for first time owners.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: Scotland/Scottish Borders

Original Purpose: Working. Fox hunting with horses (including digging out of burrows) and guarding farms.

Living Space: Low indoors, medium outdoors.

Coat: Thick, harsh, rough and wiry, with a thick undercoat

Grooming: Low. Low volume shedding. Needs a brush once a week and occasional trimming.

Children: Medium. Will do well with children if raised with them and socialised well.

Sociability with strangers: High

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Will do well with other pets and dogs if socialised well early on and raised with household pets.

Trainability: High. Intelligent and devoted to owners and respond well to training. However needs firmness from puppyhood.

Noise Level: Moderate. Depends on the breeding. Some can be nosiy, others quiet. Check this before buying or adopting.

Known Health Issues: Hardy. No common health problems

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Special Needs: None

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