Border Terrier Photo

Border Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

Though not the fanciest-looking breed of terrier, the Border Terrier can still melt hearts with their otter-like face and plucky personality. This small dog has a flat, broad skull with wide-set, V-shaped ears and dark hazel eyes. Their short, whiskered muzzle rounds out their otter-like appearance.

The Border Terrier has longer legs than many other terriers and an athletic body designed for speed and agility. There's no escaping this dog! Their narrow shoulders and rib cage also make them lean enough to pursue prey into their dens. They have a relatively short tail, which they often hold upward in happy-go-lucky manner.

Border Terriers have a double coat, with a dense, short undercoat protected by a wiry overcoat that lays flat and protects them from snow and rain. They come in a few different colors: red, blue and tan, grizzle and tan, or wheaten.

Border Terrier Fast Facts

13 - 15 years
Scotland and England
18th century
13 - 15.5 lb
11.5 - 14 lb
10 - 11"
10 - 11"
Border Terier, Boarder Terrier or Border Tarrier.


Border Terriers were bred to hunt in a group....

They are quite the socialites and are able to get along well with strangers, cats, other dogs, and especially children. Rodents are the noted exception to critters this dog is willing to play nice with.

This people-pleaser is a great companion for any age group, having enough spunk for playtime with kids and enough of a mellow streak for some quality couch time with less active individuals. While they are quite affectionate, you don't have to worry about a Border Terrier being too clingy. This dog is a quick study when it comes to obedience training, especially if you begin training with Border Terrier puppies.

The Border Terrier can be quite the busybody and has a tendency to dig and bark, especially if they spot a rodent they want to go after. Watch out for their tendency to chew on things!

Caring For a Border Terrier

Border Terriers need a healthy amount of exercise and opportunities to satisfy their need to dig and explore....

You may even want to enroll your Border Terrier in obedience classes or dog agility classes theyll appreciate the mental stimulation! They do well outdoors and are hardy enough to stand up to hot and cold weather, but be sure to have a fenced-in yard or keep them on leash so they don't run off on an adventure.

The Border Terrier's double coat requires biweekly brushing and perhaps an occasional trip to the groomers to help strip the dog of dead hairs. The Border Terrier is an extremely healthy and hardy breed owners only need to worry about a potential for patellar luxation.

Border Terrier History

Breed History

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.