Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Fearless, Affectionate, Alert, Obedient, Intelligent, Even Tempered
Weight: Male: 13–16 lbs (5.9–7.1 kg), Female: 11–14 lbs (5.1–6.4 kg)
Height: Male: 13–16 inches (33–40 cm), Female: 11–14 inches (28–36 cm)
Colors: Blue & Tan, Tan, Wheaten, Grizzle & Tan
Nature and character
The Border Terrier tends to explore its surroundings extremely intensively. Fences and scrub are not an obstacle for him. Even in front of garden ponds, rivers or lakes makes the water-loving dog no foothold, after all, his ancestors were used centuries ago for otter hunting. He is a real daredevil with a strong hunting instinct and courage, despite his small size. Since the Border Terrier is always happy, his owner may find it difficult to react appropriately to his thirst for adventure. An understanding but strict education is nevertheless necessary to prevent the Border Terrier from endangering itself. As an intelligent, eager dog, he accepts most lessons with ease.
With his cheerful character, he does not tend to stubborn or aggressive behavior. The Border Terrier likes to harmonize with other human and animal family members of all ages and is also friendly to strangers. Although he may be small, in the cramped conditions of a flat the Border Terrier belongs only if his pronounced urge to move is also taken into account.
Activities with the Border Terrier
When hunting, the Border Terrier is often integrated into a pack of larger running dogs. It is then his task to penetrate into the fox or badger and drive the predator to the surface. In addition, the Border Terrier has also made a name for itself against rodents. Since he has no problems keeping up with a horse, the little terrier is also suitable as a hunting dog on the side of mounted hunters. However, he is more common today in families or as a companion dog for recreational riders. Here, the Border Terrier presents itself as a robust, child-friendly and species-tolerant dog, who only needs a sensitive education and a lot of exercise.
Origin & History
The Border Terrier, officially registered by the British Kennel Club in 1920, probably accompanied hunters in the border area (= "Border") between England and Scotland hunting for foxes, badgers and otters. First ancestors with similar characteristics already existed in the late 18th century. Even then, the dog was strong and persistent, to be able to serve in the sprawling mountainous areas and heathlands of today's Northumberland National Park. Until 1880, the Border Terrier was still under different names, which pointed to a specific local origin or different breeders. In Germany, it enjoys increasing popularity since the 1970s,
Racial features Border Terrier
The body length of the Border Terrier goes well beyond the height of the withers measured just before the neck. The latter is not officially defined, but is between 32 and 36 centimeters. Here males bring a weight of 5.9 to 7.1 kilograms on the scales and bitches between 5.1 and 6.4 kilograms. Despite its small size, the Border Terrier has a movement, which allows him to keep up with a horse. He owes this ability to his long graceful legs, less attracted by muscling than by a slender, light figure. This way, the Border Terrier manages to travel long distances at a fast pace. So that he can penetrate into predatory wild buildings, his chest must not be too bulky. His not too long tail is set high,
The all-round robust Border Terrier also has a similar coat. The dense, soft undercoat and the wiry top coat provide optimal protection against the weather and require little care, only occasionally loose hair should be plucked. The coat color of the Border Terrier varies from yellowish brown to tan. Often the torso, ears and tail are hairy darker, although bluish accents may be present.