Breeds 101

Border Terrier


The exact origins of this breed are unknown; The Border Terrier is may be the oldest of Britain’s Terriers, existed in the border country between England and Scotland, in much its present form, in the late 1700’s.

The Border Terrier, an uncomplicated and genuine terrier, little altered from its original form, is built to be small enough to follow a fox down the narrowest hole, but fast enough to keep up with to keep up with riders on horseback.

The Border Terrier has never achieved the show-ring popularity of other terriers, and has therefore remained true to its original form and function.

Its durable coat protects it from adverse weather conditions; its long legs and stamina enable it to keep up with the most demanding activity.

The Border’s amenable personality makes it a superb family dog. Today the Border Terrier excels in agility and earth dog trials; the people-oriented breed makes a fine home companion.


Small; Females: 11 to 14 inches, 12 to 16 pounds; Males: 12 to 15 inches, 12 to 20 pounds.


Red, tan and red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, wheaten, grizzle.


Independent, curious, good in the home; good with children and other pets; enjoys digging and barking.

Energy level:

Moderately high.

Best owner:

Active owner.


Daily exercise; leash; securely fenced yard; weekly brushing and stripping four times a year.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.