today's Border Terriers can still do the job for which they were bred. They
also do very well in obedience, earthdog tests, flyball, and
agility, and have been very successful as therapy dogs as well as making
good all-round family companions.
Terriers stand approximately 12-15 inches high at the shoulder, and have
short, hard, wiry coats in shades of red, grizzle, tan, blue and tan, or
wheaten over a dense undercoat. This double coat and his thick, loose pelt
protect him from unpleasant weather and and his quarry's sharp teeth! Their coats do require some grooming to keep the dog looking tidy
and matt-free. Border Terriers should be regularly brushed and stripped but not
Like most terriers, the
Border Terrier has been described as a "big dog personality in a
small dog body"! An excellent family pet, the Border Terrier enjoys
swimming and gets along well with other dogs. Bright, perky, active, and
affectionate, this breed is a naturally curious and effective watch dog.
Border Terriers will investigate any sound and will chase anything that
Generations of breeding
have produced a good natured dog but one of fearless determination when
"on the job". The Border Terrier dog is extremely active and agile, and
is happily content at home or in the field. He has a high energy level and needs lots of
exercise including a daily walk.