The Border Terrier breed is the native of Cheviot Hills, a land caught between the borders of England and Scotland, and hence the name ‘Border Terrier’. Primarily raised for protecting the farmlands and herding as a terrier, the breed was later developed into a perfect hunting partner. Recognized as one of the predecessor varieties of Terrier breed in Great Britain, the dog entered the British Kennel Club in 1920. From then on, it has widespread acceptance among dog lovers.
Though small in size, the Border Terrier physique is fairly strong. The dog coat, which is coarse outside and soft inside, is highly resistant to weather. The dog has black nose, dark sparkling eyes and ‘V’ shaped delicate ears. Compared to other dogs, it has strong and sharp teeth, and its tail is small. Its body is deep, narrow and moderate in length, and legs are long and strong enough to chase even a horse. The breed comes in red, blue & tan, tan, and grizzle & tan shades.
Upon closer examination, one will find the breed's tousled coat of tan, red, grizzle or even blue and tan is actually a double coat of coarse, wiry hair.
The loud barking of the dog shall not be mistaken for its hostility; the Border Terrier is a breed that is usually good-tempered and easy to make friends with. This breed is easily trained.
The breed is normally healthy, but is prone to certain health problems that are genetic in nature. Though not all, few are prone to heart diseases, allergy, seizures etc. Certain isolated cases on luxating patellas and undescended testicles have also been noted.
CKC, UKC, ACR