Border terrier

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The Border Terrier is a sturdy, hardy and very active little dog. It is easily recognizable by its head resembling that of an otter. The general appearance of the dog gives off an impression of lightness. The Border Terrier is an adorable dog for family life. Originally a hunting dog or a shepherd dog, it has the particularity of being quite small. As a family, he will listen to his master whom he will cherish all his life. He is gentle and caring, sometimes stubborn and temperamental. He needs to be educated quickly. He knows how to have a good time with the youngest, as long as he is not rushed. He supports his congeners but has trouble with other animals.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 5 kg to 7 kg From 33 cm to 36 cm
Male From 6 kg to 7 kg From 37 cm to 40 cm
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History of the breed

The Border Terrier breed originated from several crosses involving British working Terriers such as the Bedlington Terrier, Lakeland Terrier and Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Its name is borrowed from its region of origin, that of the Borders, which is located on the historic border between Scotland and England.

This dog was traditionally used in fox hunting where it joined hounds like the Foxhound. He protected the herds as well as the farms from all intruders. He was very useful in hunting, because his small size afforded him the luxury of entering burrows. The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI on June 26, 1963 and its standard currently in force dates from June 24, 1987.

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Physical features

His hair: hard, dense and compact. The undercoat is tight.
Its color: red, pale red-orange, grizzled and tan or even blue and tan.
Its head: broad, reminiscent of an otter, with a short and strong muzzle, jaws arranged in scissors and ideally a black nose.
His ears: V-shaped, small, moderately thick and drooping against the cheek forward.
His eyes: dark in color with a lively expression.
His body: quite long, high, narrow. The kidney is strong, the ribs well circled towards the back of the thorax, but without being arched.
Its tail: of moderate length, thick at its base and thinning out to its end. Tied high, carried cheerfully without being curled over the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Border Terrier is a very enduring working dog , able to follow a horse whose company he also enjoys. He is also full of energy and courage. He has a fairly marked personality while displaying a cheerful attitude. The Border Terrier is very attached to its owners and can get along with children , as long as it is not abrupt.

He has retained a strong hunting instinct , which can be problematic with rodents and small pets in general. When hunting, the Border Terrier behaves like a brush with small game and performs short runs with large game. Finally, he is not independent since he does not appreciate solitude and will not hesitate to do little silly things if he finds himself alone for too long.

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An active dog with a strong temperament, the Border Terrier must be properly educated from a young age . His learning of the limits not to be exceeded and the behaviors to adopt is done with firmness and without excess. It is also important to socialize him well even if he is very obedient to the reminder. He is intelligent and has a very good understanding . Thus, it quickly stores the orders and rules to be applied.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Border Terrier is a hunting dog that will always be much more comfortable in the country than in the city. He can only adapt to living in an apartment if he has sufficient opportunities for jogging and running. He addresses himself more to his masters who are able to devote several hours to him a day and offer him activities.


Ease of gaining weight

Do not be fooled by the small size and fragile appearance of this dog . The Border Terrier literally enjoys iron health , due to its robust, rustic and non-excessive build. He does not suffer from any hereditary pathology .

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Litter size

Between 2 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Border Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Border Terrier hardly moults and therefore sheds very little hair . It must nevertheless be regularly maintained and groomed . Its maintenance is quite simple as long as the dog is not neglected.

Grooming is sometimes necessary in the dog. This essentially consists of trimming or depilating it . Scissors and trimmer should not be used. The main thing is to ensure that his coat remains dense and tight so that it can perform its protective function. Too frequent washing is not recommended, as they risk damaging the sebum layer that protects the skin. A minimum weekly brushing is mandatory. Like all dogs, small checks on his ears are necessary from time to time.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Border Terrier is between 900 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 850
950 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Border Terrier is between 850 € and 950 €.

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The Border Terrier is not very difficult to feed. One effect, his diet consists mainly of high quality kibble, or premium kibble. A healthy and balanced diet allows it to live for about fifteen years.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Border Terrier is an active dog who needs to exercise . Long daily outings allow him to both exercise and improve his indoor behavior. Do not hesitate to register for a dog sport . It will also strengthen his relationship with his master.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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