Border Terrier Breed Profile

Border Terrier Breed Profile

KC Group Terrier

Size Small

Weight Dogs: 6 - 7kg; bitches: 5 - 6kg

Height Up to 40cm

Average lifespan 13 - 14 years

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? Would bark

Moulting level Low

Grooming Moderate

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Yes

Colours Red, wheaten, grizzle, and tan, or blue and tan

Temperament Active, hardy, intelligent, and affectionate 

Border Terrier Breed Profile

The Border Terrier is an active dog who was originally bred to keep up with mounted hunts and go to ground after foxes. Needs an active lifestyle.

Border Terrier Health
  • A hardy breed, generally enjoying excellent health.
  • No known hereditary problems.
  • Regular health checks are recommended as he's a stoical dog who won't let on if he's in pain.
  • No health tests are required before breeding parent dogs, although it is advised that all puppies are health checked.
Border Terrier Temperament
  • Loyal - to all his family, not just one member.
  • Gentle.
  • Affectionate.
  • Intelligent.
  • Biddable.
  • Cheeky.
Border Terrier Lifestyle
  • An active dog who was originally bred to keep up with mounted hunts and go to ground after foxes. Needs an active lifestyle.
  • Would thrive in the countryside but is very versatile and will happily adapt to town life.
  • Doesn't enjoy being alone; he loves human attention.
  • Loves to have a routine.
  • Gets on well with children, but will put them in their place if they become too rough.
  • Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise, his mind needs to be kept busy.
Border Terrier Trainability
  • Biddable nature means he's eager to please.
  • Don't forget he's a true terrier and training must be firm and consistent.
  • The Border Terrier does have an independent streak; he will often acknowledge you but do what you want him to in his own time.
Border Terrier General care
  • The Border sports a harsh, wiry topcoat with a soft and dense undercoat.
  • Needs little grooming - a brush over once a week is sufficient.
  • Ideally your Border Terrier should be hand-stripped twice a year - in spring and autumn.
  • He shouldn't be clipped as this ruins the coat, altering its colour and texture.
  • Seldom requires a bath - though a twice-yearly one will keep him smelling sweet.
  • His wiry coat means that mud and dirt will brush off easily.
  • Carefully monitor food portions. The Border Terrier is very greedy and would eat his weight in food if given the chance.
  • Good temperament.
  • Long-lived and healthy.
  • Easy to train.
  • Versatile.
  • Good size.
  • Low-maintenance coat.
  • Needs above-average activity.
  • Tendency to chase other small, furry pets in the household.