As can be guessed by the name, the Border Terrier was first developed in the Cheviot Hills along the border of Scotland and England....
Although the first record of a Border Terrier is from the 18th century, many are certain the breed is much older than that. In fact, this breed is considered one of the oldest terrier breeds in Britain. Little is known about the breeds that came together to make the Border Terrier, but some speculate the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a close relative.
The Border Terrier was primarily used to chase down foxes and raise the alarm once the animal was cornered. Their long legs and thin frame landed the Border Terrier an integral role in the ceremonious English foxhunt, as it had the ability to keep up with horses and follow a fox into its den.
In 1870, the Border Terrier branched out from life as a working dog and started making appearances in English show ring. Around this time, the breed name was changed from Coquetdale Terrier to Border Terrier, and they were introduced to the United States, where they was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.
This plain but plucky little dog is still commonly seen on the hunt, in the show ring, and, of course, in the home.