Border Terrier

A small, rough-coated terrier, Border Terriers were bred to hunt foxes that had gone to the ground. Smart and gentle, they make affectionate pets.
Border Terrier Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


10-11 Inches


12-15 Lbs.


13-15 Years

Border Terrier Information

The Border Terrier is a small, rough-coated breed of dog in the terrier group. The breed shares roots with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Bedlington Terrier. 

Border Terriers were originally bred to hunt foxes that had gone to the ground.

Today, the Border Terrier is still used for hunting, although many are kept as pets. The breed has also been successful in obedience and agility competitions.

Border Terriers are small dogs, typically weighing 12-15 pounds. They have a rough, wiry coat, usually tan or blue, with a dark muzzle and ears. 

Border Terriers are gentle, intelligent dogs with cheerful dispositions. They are good with children and other animals, and make loyal, affectionate pets.

Border Terrier Exercise Needs

The Border Terrier is a high-energy breed that requires plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. A daily walk or run is a good start, but this breed needs more than just a leisurely stroll around the block — they need an outlet for their energy and enthusiasm.

One way to provide this is through regular play sessions in the backyard or at the park. Another is enrolling your Border Terrier in an agility or obedience class — they excel at both activities.

Border Terrier Training

Training is essential to owning any dog, but it is especially important for the Border Terrier. This breed can be stubborn and willful; without training, they may become difficult to handle.

That said, Border Terriers are intelligent dogs who excel at obedience and agility training. With patience and consistency, you should

Border Terrier Health Issues

Like all breeds, the Border Terrier is susceptible to certain health problems. Border Terriers’ more common health issues include Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), or bloat. This potentially life-threatening condition occurs when the stomach fills with gas and twists. 

Border Terrier Grooming

The Border Terrier has a rough, wiry coat that is easy to groom. The coat is weather-resistant and does not need to be clipped, although some owners choose to.

Brushing the coat once or twice a week will help remove dead hair and prevent matting. The breed must also be trimmed around the eyes and ears to prevent eye irritation and ear infections.

Border Terriers are relatively low-maintenance dogs.

Breed Identification


Red, Grizzle And Tan, Blue And Tan, Or Wheaten



Breed Care


More than once a week


Up to 1 hour per day


Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

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