Border Terrier

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Border Terrier Temperament,

Border Terrier Information and Breed Notes

 The Border Terrier Temperament is Active,Sensible,Affectionate and Devoted.

Health: This is a is a hearty breed that has an inclination to stoically withstand pain and illness, never letting on that there is a problem until things have got more serious.

Responsible Border owners are those that are in tune with their dog through bonding and interaction, they will  have a better chance of noticing any slight changes in their dog’s general demeanour that might alert them to a problem.

Look out for Canine Epilepoid cramping syndrome, or 'Spike's Disease', a suspected hereditary disease for the breed. Which is often confused with epilepsy. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Ideal Border Terrier Owner's Are...

Easy going in family surroundings without small pets, who enjoy playing with and exercising this sweet natured little dog. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.

Border Terrier Temperament

With a recent number of appearances in movies and TV, this terrier is once again regaining the popularity it has held at different time periods throughout history.

It is easy to see why they have become one of the doggy worlds most adored breeds; they are  intelligent and simply ooze charm from head to tail.

Even though they are only 13-16 inches high at the shoulder, Border's are giants when it comes to personality and lively as they are, Borders are anything but overbearing.

The Border Terrier temperament is such that they can be a pillow pal one minute or a mountain climber the next, ready to join in any children's game, these dogs will also sit in a bookworms lap.”

They may give a bark or two to express a readiness for action, but they are in no way a naturally aggressive breed, nor are they prone to constant barking .

This is also a breed that likes to chew, reducing even the toughest of toys to confetti with little or no effort. When training begins, it is important to set down boundaries as to what is acceptable for chewing and what is not.

Children: If you want a good dog breed for children, then look no further, Borders are known to be an exceptional dog for families with young and older kids.

Grooming: A good brushing two times per week is recommended . As with all dogs whose coats consist of dual layers, bathing should only take place when necessary. Frequent bathing will eventually wash away valuable oils trapped in the undercoat.  

Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Exercise: Medium, enjoys exercise but won’t demand it, though long periods of inactivity are not recommended for the Border. However, as long as there are toys and other goings-on in the household to occupy the periods in between, they will do fairly well.

This is a breed that is quite relaxed about going out but will not hesitate to charge out the door the minute their owner jangles the leash

Protection level: Will bark in alarm The Border Terrier is small but scrappy and willing to stand its ground. The breed typically does fine with other dogs but great care should be taken if introducing small animals such as gerbils or rabbits into the household .


Border Terriers are sweet natured and affectionate, just as happy lying beside the fire as they are playing out all day and it sometimes easy to forget that they were originally bred in the harsh border lands between England and Scotland to hunt and despatch foxes. The border had to be fast enough to keep up with a horse, yet small enough to go in after the fox once it had gone to ground. Though originally called the Coquetdale Terrier they were changed to Border during the 1870’s after the Border hunt.

 The breed has gone from strength to strength as more people have come to love their outgoing personalities and it is little wonder that they are one of the most popular breeds around today.


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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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