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Border Terrier

Family: terrier
Area of origin: border of Scotland and England
Original function: fox bolting, ratting
Average size of male: Ht: 10-11, Wt: 13-15.5
Average size of female: Ht: 10-11, Wt: 11.5-14
Other names: none

Border Terrier Dog Temperament

One of the few terriers bred to run with the pack, the border is one of the most amiable and tractable of the group. He is inquisitive, busy, friendly and biddable. He does like to hunt and can be independent, ingredients that make for a dog that may tend to roam if given the chance. He is generally good with other dogs and cats, but not with rodents. He is very good with children and makes a good companion for people of all ages. He digs, and some bark. Some are talented escape artists.

Border Terrier Dog Care

The border likes activity and needs either a good walk on leash, a vigorous game session or an off-lead expedition in a safe area every day. He does best when allowed to divide his time between house and yard. His harsh coat needs brushing weekly, plus stripping of dead hairs about four times yearly to maintain his clean outline.

Border Terrier Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: none
Occasionally seen: CHD, heart defects
Suggested tests: hip, cardiac
Life span: 12-15 years

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