Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male30 – 40 cm
    • Female33 – 38 cm
  • Weight

    • Male6 – 7 kg
    • Female5 – 6 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Blue and tan
    • Grizzle and tan
    • Red
    • Wheaten
  • Coat Texture

    • Harsh and dense .
  • Average Lifespan

    • 12 to 15 years

Border Terrier

History of the Breed

Borders Terriers are thought to be one of the oldest types of terriers in Great Britain and were bred near the border between Scotland and England. They were used to hunt vermin like foxes as they were small enough to fit into fox-holes. Their prey was often the only food they received, which farmers hoped would motivate them more to eliminate pests.


  • Adaptability
  • Health & Grooming
  • Intelligence
  • Popularity
  • Trainability


  • Affectionate
  • Friendly
  • Gentle
  • Independent
  • Obedient

Common Health Problems

  • Canine Hip dysplasia In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
  • Heart Defects
  • Patellar Luxation Luxating patella is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location.
  • Spikes Disease Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome is a hereditary canine disease with similarities to canine epilepsy.

Top Tips for Caring for a Border Terrier

  • Can be prone to trying to escape so make sure there is a secure fence around your back garden
  • Due to their high energy levels, Border Terriers should be taken on daily long walks
  • The wiry coat should be brushed on a weekly basis
  • As Border Terriers were bred to hunt small animals and vermin, never leave them alone with small pets like rodents and birds

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