Now that you’ve decided that the Border Terrier is the breed for you, it’s time to make some important decisions. You’ll need to well informed when it comes to choosing both your breeder and your puppy. Here are some tips for making the right choices.
Choosing a Border Terrier breeder
The right choice of breeder can make or break your future relationship with your dog. This is because a Border Terrier that comes from a reputable, responsible and caring breeder is going to have a much better temperament and will generally be in better health too. So, choosing wisely now can make your life much easier later on. Take the time to shop around and talk to several potential breeders. Look for those with good reviews online where possible. Speak to other Border Terrier owners to see if they can recommend a breeder. You can also search the Kennel Club website for a registered breeder or find your local Border Terrier breed club.
Asking the right questions
Once you’ve found a breeder you like the sound of, it’s time to give them the Spanish inquisition! Don’t worry about being forward – it’s more important that you find a healthy puppy. Here are some good questions to ask:
- Can I see the mother of the pups? How healthy/well behaved is she?
- Have you screened against the common Border Terrier diseases before breeding?
- How old are the puppies? (They should be at least 8 weeks old)
- Have the puppies had any vaccinations, worming or flea treatments?
- Are the puppies microchipped?
If the breeder is unable to answer your questions or they don’t seem to know too much, it’s your sign to look elsewhere.
What kind of Border Terrier do you want?
There isn’t too much variation in appearance within the Border Terrier breed, although the coat colours might differ slightly between litters. However, there can be a difference in temperament and physique between those which have been bred for field work and those bred as family pets. Ask plenty of questions about the bloodline of the litter and see if you can assess the temperament of the pup’s mother to see what you can expect. Ask the breeder about the energy levels of both parents, and whether they are good around other dogs.
Choosing a Border Terrier pup
When you go to pick out a puppy, don’t just look for the cutest one of the bunch. Pay close attention to the pup’s demeanour, physical health and personality. Make sure you find a pup that has:
- Bright, clear and well-focused eyes
- Happy, confident disposition
- Responsive to loud noises
- No signs of being timid or aggressive
- Playful and energetic
- Good condition coat and skin
- Normal gait with no signs of lameness