The Border Terrier



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Alert and happy, the Border Terrier is an excellent choice for an active family. Borders love nothing better than a good romp with the kids. They are also friendlier to other dogs than most terriers.

Borders are known for their “otter” shaped head and a short, wiry coat that may be red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten with a dark muzzle. Like most hard-coated terriers, they require regular stripping and are quite hypoallergenic. They are moderate in all over appearance; rather than being striking or stunning, they are an active and sturdy “average”.

However there is nothing average about their hunting abilities – even pampered house pets will cheerfully chase down chipmunks or go to ground after rats. They are one of the best Earth Dog breeds (where the dog is required to go down a tunnel after caged quarry). Borders are not particularly good with cats and can be noisy (especially where chipmunks and cats are concerned). 



History

Border Terriers originated in the border country between England and Scotland. They were bred to protect farm stock; being large enough to follow behind a horse but small enough to follow a fox to ground. In the 18th century, farm Borders were also required to find their own food – only the good hunters survived.



By the Numbers


Size: 11 to 15 1/2 pounds.
Coat Care: 3 – Low;
 requires weekly brushing and an occasional bath. About twice a year a Border Terrier should either be stripped or clipped.
Trainability: 7; quite willing but easily distracted.



Energy level: 8 Border Terriers are a high energy breed. They do best with a family that is high energy as well.
Good with Children: 10 The breed has a steady and tolerant disposition which allows it to put up with most kids. 
Noise level: low -- 3 
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 7 Borders are low shedding and quite hypoallergenic.



If you are interested in a puppy, read What is a Responsible Breeder. Then begin your search at the Border Terrier Club of America.

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