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The Border Terrier, the most hardy of all terrier dogs

Considered the most rustic of the burrows, the Border Terrier is distinguished by its head which reminds that of the otter. Originally a hunting dog, the Border Terrier has evolved into an attentive and gentle pet that will cherish its owners forever.

Characteristics of the Border Terrier

Working terrier, the Border Terrier is "cut" to carry out its missions. He has a clear pace that allows him to run a horse. It is a small size dog measuring between 33 and 40 cm for a weight of 5 to 7 kg. He stands out by his tall, long and narrow body which is full of grace. The Border Terrier has a broad head often likened to that of the otter. The nose is black, the jaws are arranged in scissors and the muzzle is strong and short. The eyes reveal an expressive and lively look as well as a crisp look with their dark color. Tending to fall forward, the ears are small, not too thick and represent a "V". The Border Terrier has a short, dense and harsh coat. The coat can be of various colors: wheaten, red, blue and tan, grayish and tan .

Border Terrier Breed History

The Border Terrier is native to the border between England and Scotland. He comes more specifically from the Borders region where he excelled as a hunting dog to catch foxes and where he worked with the Foxhound. Thanks to his small size, he could easily enter the burrows, hence his success. In the 19th century, he was also appreciated as a herdsman and worked on farms. Historically, the Border Terrier would be a descendant of the British Working Terriers including the Lakeland Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier as well as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The official recognition by the FCI (Fédération cynologique internationale) goes back to 1963. It will be necessary to wait the Eighties before this race is made known in France.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Border Terrier

Full of energy, the Border Terrier shines by its endurance and courage. He has all the talents sought after in a working dog. Nevertheless, he remains a family-friendly pet. They are attached to their owners and show a lot of affection towards them. Being dynamic and always in search of action, he will bring joy and excitement to play with children. On the other hand, they develop a strong personality and can be stubborn. A character that we must try to correct through an adapted education. Another thing: as he is a born hunter, he can be belligerent towards small animals that he considers as targets.

Diet and main health problems of the Border Terrier

The Border Terrier is a robust dog that can live up to 12 years with the best care and especially with a healthy and balanced diet. Even if it is true that it is not difficult, it is better to offer him premium quality kibbles to guarantee him an iron constitution. Note that the Border Terrier is not predisposed to any hereditary disease.