New Zealand Kennel Club – Official Breed Standard – Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is essentially a working Terrier. It should be able to follow a horse and must combine activity with gameness.
Head and Skull:
Head like that of an otter, moderately broad in skull, with a short strong muzzle; a black nose is preferable but a liver or flesh-coloured one is not a serious fault.
Dark, with keen expression.
Small, V-shaped, of moderate thickness and dropping forward close to the cheek.
Teeth should have a scissor-like grip, with the top teeth slightly in front of the lower, but level mouth is quite acceptable. An undershot or overshot mouth is a major fault and highly undesirable.
Of moderate length.
Forelegs straight and not too heavy in bone.
Deep and narrow and fairly long; ribs carried well back, but not oversprung, as a terrier should be capable of being spanned by both hands behind the shoulder.
Racy. Loin strong.
Small with thick pads.
Moderately short and fairly thick at the base, then tapering, set high and carried gaily but not curled over the back.
Harsh and dense with close undercoat. The skin must be thick.
Red, wheaten, grizzle and tan or blue and tan.
Weight and Size:
Dogs between 13-15.5 lbs (5.8-7 kg); Bitches between 11.5-14 lbs (5.2-6.3 kg).
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum