We originate from the Border between England and Scotland so you can imagine that when it comes to Scotland devolution, most of us are like Switzerland and staying pretty neutral. Our present name was adopted in the early 19th century but the Kennel Club only recognised us from 1920. We were bred as a real working dog – our role was to enter fox lairs to flush them out. To do this we had to keep up with riders on horseback so we’re no slouches.
What do I look like?
We’re a typical terrier – what you see is what you get. Our head is shaped like that of an otter, our nose can be black or liver coloured. Our ears are small and v-shaped and we have a strong neck and a sturdy frame. We have a short, flat tail that we carry high. Our coat is typically terrier-like too – thick and rough with a dense undercoat. It works well for us but I warn you now, we will shed.
What do I need from you?
We’re a pretty hardy, self-sufficient dog so our needs are few. Of course a good home – we generally get on well with people. And then of course we will need some adventures, so a daily walk is about ideal. Generally we should be fine with any cats that you own; however we’ll likely chase other people’s cats. Other small pets such as mice and rabbits could be an issue. As you can imagine, we do find it a little difficult to differentiate them from our day job. To you, it might be cute little Harry Hamster, to us it’s the day job.
What I will give in return
We’re affectionate companions who like to go with the flow. We’re pretty adaptable and versatile so we can manage change pretty well. We also like a good walk but equally like to take time out on the walk to sit around and do a bit of people watching. We’re inquisitive and nosy you see. We’re an intelligent bunch so are pretty easy to train. To be honest, without training we can be a touch stubborn. Since we learn so easily we’re excellent at agility and also a good companion pet for the elderly and infirm. In fact, we’re exactly the sort of dog that you can imagine fetching owners’ slippers and newspapers!
How big will I get?
Most Border terriers are about one foot tall (30cm) and weigh in at around 14lb (6.5kg).
How long should I be around for?
Our medium life span is about 14 years – although don’t expect us to do too much fox chasing in our retirement years!
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