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Border Terrier



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Border Terrier puppy

 Zealous Stella's Summer Secret

Border Terrier adult
Ch Zealous Classic Rock

Once known as the Coquetdale Terrier, the "modern" Border Terrier takes his name from the Border counties of northern England and southern Scotland.  

For centuries, terriers fitting the description of the Border were in use by shepherds, farmers and huntsmen who wanted a game terrier with sufficient leg to follow a horse in the rugged hill country but small enough to be able to go to ground after marauding hill foxes. 

Courageous enough to kill his quarry in the den or bolt him from his lair, the Border Terrier is yet able to fit in comfortably at home when work was done.

Excellent hunters, 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.

Border 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 clipped.

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 moves!  

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.


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Bev Embley, Zealous


British Columbia


Kelly Greir
2010 Wilmot Road
Cowichan Bay, BC   V0R 1K5
(778) 422-2406





Monica Eisner
284 Prestwick Heights SE
Calgary, AB  T2Z 4K3
(403) 257-2797


Bev Embley
112 Douglas Ridge Close SE
Calgary, AB  T2Z 2M3
(403) 720-5597




Sandy Briggs
Wimberway Kennels and Farm
Powassan, ON   P0H 1Z0
(705) 724-2676

Wimberway Kennels

Vic and Maureen Burrell
9397 Pike Lake Road, RR#1
Harriston, ON   N0G 1Z0
(519) 338-5001




Daničle Trottier
St-Apollinaire,  QC    G0S 2E0


Pam Dyer
3685 Montee 4ieme Rang
Ste-Marie-Madeleine, QC  J0H 1S0
(450) 584-3951

Jansim Reg'd

Nova Scotia


Cynthia and Jack Bernier
1438 Highway #236
Scotch Village, NS  B0N 2G0
(902) 757-1666



Canadian Border Terrier Welfare 
Pam Dyer, English
(450) 584-3951
Jocelyne Tasse-Durocher, francais
(450) 641-0941

North American Border Terrier Welfare



Did you know?

The star of the 
Harry Potter movies, 
Daniel Radcliffe 
has two Border Terriers,
named Binka and Nugget. 



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