Breed Profile

Breed Overview

Nicknames: None

Dog Group Kennel Club: Terrier Group

Breed Classification: Belonging to the Terrier group, Border Terriers were actually bred to have long legs so that they could keep up with the horses. Being very attentive, nimble and active, Border Terrier dogs are able to run across a terrain and squeeze through narrow holes to get their prey- the fox.

Physical Description: Dogs of this breed are small and medium sized, and sturdy. The space between the eyes is comparatively wide. The Border Terrier could easily be identified by the otter shaped head. They have short, strong muzzle that has a scissors bite.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
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Litter size: average 4 – 5

Males 13 – 16 inches (33 – 41 cm)  
Females 11 – 14 inches (28 – 36 cm)

Males 13 – 16 pounds (6 – 7 kg)
Females 11 – 14 pounds (5 – 6 kg)

Build: Medium

Aliments: The Border Terrier can tolerate pain and illness, yet it is imperative that the owner keeps an eye on their health care. They are prone to some diseases, such as Juvenile cataracts, Hip dysplasia, Various heart defects, Progressive retinal atrophy and Perthes disease. They are most prone to developing Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome.

Susceptibility To Illness: Low

Ownership Expenses

Food cost: £10 – £14 per week

Average puppy price: between £475 and £1000

Other: The Border Terrier is as well tempered and affectionate at home as hard in the field. Border Terriers can learn quickly and respond to the owner.


Energy Level: High

Daily exercise needed: They have great vitality and vigour, and so require plenty of daily exercise, such as a long daily walk.

Distress if left alone: Medium

Barking Tendency: Medium

Ease of transportation: High

Aggression level: Low

Compatibility for children: High

Suitable for children: Medium


Coat length: High/Medium

Grooming requirement: The breed requires weekly brushing and professional grooming twice a year.

Colour: red, blue-and-tan, grizzle-and-tan or wheaten

Shedding: Medium (double-coated dog sheds a lot)

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