The Border Terrier is a small to medium-sized terrier with a double coat made of soft undercoat and harsh, wiry outer coat. Coat colours include red grizzle, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, and less commonly, wheaten. Its body is slightly taller than it is long with a short muzzle, black nose, small, moderately thick ears that form a v-shape, and dark hazel eyes. It has a short tail that tapers from the base to the tip and is carried level with the back. The front legs are straight with substantial bone and sport muscular hindquarters. An adult Border Terrier dog reaches a height of 33 - 41 cm from the withers while a Border Terrier bitch can stand at a height of 28 - 36 cm from the withers. Dogs are much heavier compared to bitches, weighing 6 -7 kg and 5 - 6 kg respectively.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Border Terrier is a rough-coated terrier that originated in the Cheviot Hills area of Northumberland, along the Scottish and English border. It was originally bred by the Robson family in 1857. John Robson founded the Border Hunt along with John Dodd of Catcleugh who hunted near the Carter Fell and used these agile and sturdy little dogs to go long distances after the horses and to bolt the hill foxes. However, it was through their two grandsons, Jacob Robson and John Dodd that made this little terrier-type breed popular. Its original purpose was to help get rid of predatory foxes, drive them from their underground den and kill them. The Border Terrier was also used to hunt marten, otters and badgers. The term "Border Terrier" was given to them because they were bred and kept mostly in the English and Scottish Border districts. It was a dog owned by Jacob Robson named "The Moss Trooper" that was the first registered Border Terrier in the Kennel Club in 1913. However, the breed was rejected for formal recognition a year after but rightfully won its slot six years later, in 1920, with the first standard written by Jacob Robson and John Dodd.
The Border Terrier is one of the smallest of the long-legged terrier group. This attribute allowed the breed to run as fast as a horse but small enough to bolt foxes out of their underground lairs. It is instinctively alert and energetic but mild-mannered. It is quite sensitive to loud noises because it was originally bred in the peaceful country hills so it must be familiarized to loud noises if it will live in the city to avoid extreme nervousness. A Border Terrier is fairly active at a young age but will typically mellow down as it grows older. Being a natural fox hunter, it has a tendency to dig. It is also a strong chewer and will tend to destroy all but the sturdiest toys.
The Border Terrier has a strong tendency to please and is comparatively trainable. It is a strong chewer and should be given solid, tough rubber toys such as rubber rings.
Grooming the harsh coat requires minimal attention; usually a weekly brushing or combing is sufficient enough. Professional grooming is required twice a year. If the dog is to be shown, a shorter coated look is required. The coat should be stripped by hand regularly and not clipped, except around the face area. Clipping the coat around the back of the Border Terrier will make it go curly and may never return to its natural form which may ruin the otherwise beautiful fur. The Border Terrier sheds little to no hair and is an excellent pet for those who suffer from allergies.
A Border Terrier is generally a hardy and long-lived dog, having a life span of 13 to 16 years. Being bred as a hunter and often exposed to cuts and bruises from fighting preys, the Border Terrier developed a high resistance to pain, very often appearing healthy even when injured. It is also very sensitive to anaesthetics due to a low percentage of body fat. Indigestion may also occur as a result of eating toys that are not robust enough for its strong instinct to chew. In addition, some hereditary health issues that have been known to affect the Border Terrier include:
Foods with wheat, yellow corn, and potatoes are ideal diets, potatoes being a good source of starch and carbohydrates. Natural or commercial foods with blends of soy, poultry, or white fish are not recommended.
The Border Terrier will do just fine in an apartment dwelling provided that it gets proper physical and mental exercise. A typical walk on a leash or a hardy game in the yard is a good way to get the required daily exercise. It is a breed that is reasonably inactive indoors but will do best in a dwelling with a large garden.
The Border Terrier is excellent with children and loves playing and being with the family. However, this breed has little tolerance with small animals such as cats, hamsters, rabbits, and other smaller breeds of animals as it will attack and kill pets smaller than itself because it was originally bred for this purpose. With proper and early socialization with other household pets, this behaviour towards other animals will not be a problem.