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Border Terrier

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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.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.