Fun and friendly, Border Terriers are some of the cheekiest dogs out there. These renowned escape artists are curious creatures that love exploring their surroundings.
Their loyalty and affection has also made Border Terriers compatible as therapy dogs, and are even used to aid people with disabilities.
Where I'm From
The breed is said to have first appeared sometime during the 18th century in hills of Northeast England, near the Scottish border. Originally known as “Coquetdale Terrier” or “Redesdale Terrier”, these fearless dogs were adopted by local shepherds and farmers, in order to protect livestock against foxes.
When fox-hunting became a popular sport in the 1800s, the terriers were used to chase game out of underground hiding spots. It was then that they were finally given the name “Border Terrier”, referring to their native homeland between England and Scotland.
However, it wasn’t until 1920 that the Kennel Club officially recognised the breed. Today, these loyal dogs are one of the most popular breeds of terrier, and their bright and obedient personalities have allowed them to frequently participate in dog shows around the world
What I Look Like
Although these hairy dogs may look scruffier than other terriers, they are cute and attractive creatures that are sure to melt your heart. Their untidy appearance and beautiful dark eyes are characteristic of the breed.
Border Terrier’s weatherproof coats are double-layered, harsh on the outside but soft underneath. Colours types include red, wheaten, blue and tan, and grizzle and tan, with some pooches sporting unique white markings on their chest.
Extremely flexible bodies allow them to squeeze into the tightest of corners, which explains why they were able to chase foxes down holes during their hunting days.
How I Act
These terriers are mainly regarded as working dogs, although in recent years they have increasingly been adopted as loyal family pets.
Border Terriers are famously active dogs with incredible stamina, and it’s this energetic nature that makes them ideal play companions for children.
This lively breed is also highly alert, and will not hesitate to warn and protect against incoming danger. Known for their courage, Borders are tough guys who rather withstand pain than show their hurt.
These independent pets are highly intelligent and may appear stubborn to some, as they tend to make up their own mind on how they should behave. This has given them the reputation of being mischievous troublemakers. Still, Borders are good-natured creatures that enjoy spending time with their owners.
Looking After Me
Because of their high levels of energy, it is important that you make sure your Border Terrier is extensively exercised. Make sure you take them on plenty of walks and keep them generally active. Once these lively pets have burned enough energy, they are happy to curl up on your lap and relax.
Borders can easily become overweight if they do not participate in physical activity. Their diet is also a contributing factor to weight issues, so make sure you keep their meals moderate and nutritious.
It’s important you socialise these terriers from early on; otherwise they will become used to chasing other animals and may become a danger to other pets.
Proper training will ensure your Border becomes well behaved, and prevent them from running around, chewing everything in their sight. This breed responds to affection and praise, so avoid been harsh and aggressive towards them.
Grooming is a breeze. A trim twice a year and the occasional brush, will keep them looking beautiful all year round.
It’s better if these pooches live indoors with their family, but if you decide to keep your Border out in the yard, it is important that you make sure the space is well secured. These curious terriers are known for being able to escape and go off on adventures, so make sure your backyard has a sturdy fence.
Am I the pet for you?
- Border Terriers are great pets for active families
- They will alert their owners of any danger
- Very low maintenance when it comes to grooming
- Borders tend to hide illnesses, so it might be hard to tell when they become unwell
- They tend to chase small animals, and may be a danger to pets such as rabbits and mice
- Can easily escape if they are kept in a poorly secured area
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