Lifespan: 12-14 years
Watchdog ability: High
Protection ability: Very low
Area of Origin: border of Scotland and England
Date of Origin: 1700’s
Other Names: none
Original Function: Fox bolting, ratting
History of the Breed
Lively and alert but also mild-mannered, the Border Terrier is a loving good natured companion that loves being with its owner. It is generally good with other dogs and cats, but not with rodents. It is very good with children and makes a good companion for people of all ages. It digs, and some bark. Some are talented escape artists.
The Border likes activity and needs a good walk on leash, a vigorous game session or an off-lead expedition in a safe area every day. It can live outdoors in temperate climates, but it does much better when allowed to divide its time between house and yard. The Border Terrier has a weather resistant coat with a hard, wiry outer coat and soft undercoat repels most dirt. Its harsh coat needs brushing weekly, plus stripping of dead hairs about four times yearly to maintain its clean outline.