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Border Terrier - Breed Profile:

Origin: United Kingdom
Colors: Red, blue and tan, grizzle and tan
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not aggressive to other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Average barker

Physical characteristics

Border Terriers are small dogs with a short muzzle, broad skull, black nose, dark eyes, and small V-shaped floppy ears. The teeth meet in scissor bite. The tail is pretty short and carried in level with the back. It is held high if the dog is excited.
The height of Border Terriers is about 10 to 12 inches; the weight ranges from 13 to 19 pounds.


Adorable little companions with a lively temperament and an alert behaviour. Border Terriers love children so they usually become great house dogs. They literally love everyone and require a lot of people's attention. If you have to spend a lot of time out of home, consider getting two Border Terriers because these little dogs do not do well without company. They love to bark, but nonetheless they are much less dog-aggressive than, for example, the Chihuahua. It is not recommended to leave Border Terriers alone with non-canine pets. However, if the puppy has been raised with cats, there should not be any problem. They should be socialized at an early age. Training is rather easy. The curious nature of Border Terriers can lead them into trouble, so make sure the dog is not let loose unless in a safe and secure area (such as your fenced garden). Moderately active indoors, they can become good jogging companions.

Coat and grooming

The coat of Border Terriers is double: the undercoat is short and dense, and the outer coat is coarse, close lying, weather and dirt resistant. They come in several colours such as red, blue and tan, grizzle and tan. Border Terriers do not shed much and require little grooming. Weekly brushing should be enough. It is recommended to have your dog professionally groomed twice a year.


Surprisingly, these small dogs are very hardy and rather insensitive to pain, which means your should watch your dog carefully because it is very unlikely to show signs of sickness. They may be prone to hip dysplasia, perthes disease, seizures and juvenile cataracts.
The lifespan of Border Terriers is about 15 years and more.