The Border Terrier belongs to the terrier group of dog breeds and was bred to hunt and flush out foxes for farmers. They are small, study, quite muscular dogs with shortish noses and small v-shaped ears.
The coat is a sandy wheaten colour, with black points on the nose, ears and across the back and can vary in the amount of black running through it. They do not molt and need professionally ‘stripping’ twice a year to keep them in good condition.
Border Terriers are mild mannered well adjusted little dogs. They can be protective of their territory and will bark at strangers approaching. They are however terriers and can be stubborn and willful. Most will exhibit selective hearing when it comes to responding to their owners. That said the Border makes a great companion dog and is loyal and relatively obedient.
The Border gets on well with children and can fit in well with family life. Happiest in the country where he can enjoy a hunt in the countryside, these dogs can also be kept in towns providing they receive daily exercise. The Border terrier has a surprising amount of stamina and will happily stay out all day hunting, if allowed.
As the Border Terrier is a hunting dog it should not be trusted with cats or other small animals such as rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs. Borders have a life span of around 15 years.