Are you the right person for a Border Terrier?

The Border Terrier is a sturdy, endearing little dog, but before you choose one over hundreds of other breeds out there, be sure to do your research. Here are the major signs this breed might be right for you.

You want a small dog, but not a lapdog

The Border Terrier is a fantastic size for people who are too frail to handle a large dog, and he is also small enough to be trusted with children. However, don’t let his compact size fool you! Border Terriers are not lapdogs and will not follow you around the house waiting to be petted. They are free-spirited and, like all Terriers, do like to be kept busy. They will really only want to settle down and cuddle once they have been well exercised and fed.

You prefer a “no frills” appearance

The Border Terrier has a cute, slightly scruffy appearance which no amount of primping or pampering will change. There will be no creative hairstyles or ponytails either! This is a no nonsense breed. He can however, be clipped and “stripped” to tame the wiry hair, and this can make for a somewhat neater appearance.

You’re looking for a sociable dog

The Border Terrier isn’t as feisty with other dogs as some of the Terrier breeds. This is a relief to many owners as it means he is well behaved and relaxed when meeting members of the local canine community.

You don’t mind a bit of digging

The Border Terrier tends to love a good dig in the garden. So, if you’re a fan of immaculate flower beds, this may not be the breed for you. However, if you’re prepared to sacrifice a selected part of your garden to let your Terrier indulge in a bit of digging, then you could make a good owner for this breed.

You like to keep active

He may have short legs compared to some breeds, but the Border Terrier can keep up with the best of the canine athletes. This breed was trained to be able to run long distances when hunting and keep up with horses. He likes to be active and run around sniffing out interesting scents. If you’re one of those people who prefers to be on the move rather than sit on the couch, you will love this breed.

You have allergies

The Border Terrier sheds only a small amount, so if you have allergies or you prefer a tidy house then this could be a good choice of breed for you. However, it should be added that no dog is completely allergen free. The best thing to do is to spend some time around Border Terriers before you make your decision, to see if this breed is a good match.

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