Breeds of dogs: Border Terrier

Breeds of dogs: Border Terrier

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.

The Border Terrier has been selected for years and years exclusively for hunting otters, badgers, foxes and small rodents. It is among the smallest of the group of terriers. Its region of origin is Borde, located north of England, on the border with Scotland, from which it takes its name "Border". Towards the end of the nineteenth century, this breed was already carefully selected in Cumberland for underground hunting. There are those who support the theory that the Border is the product of the crossing of a "Bedlington terrier" and a "Dandie Dinmont". This breed was forgotten by the British for many years. It has only been in recent decades that it has been rediscovered and re-evaluated. His debut in a recognized dog show was in 1911 in England. The first official breed club was born in the year 1920. Quite widespread in Great Britain and in some European locations.

General aspect

Dog of small size and size, mesomorphic mesocephalic. It is morphologically classified as a moloss-lupoid. He is a very nice canine in appearance. His body is toned and strong. Its construction is impeccable and very resistant. Quite rustic and tenacious.


This small dog is essentially a working terrier, therefore he must know how to combine liveliness with courage. He must also be able to follow a horse. Exceptional as a companion. He becomes unquestionably attached to a particular person. Very clever. You can make him understand everything without needing to insist. If used as a puppy, he obeys all the wishes of his master and almost never transgresses. Perfect companion dog and discreet hunting dog, obviously for small game from the ground.

Border Terrier (photo

Border Terrier (photo Portrait Of Kamu)

Border Terrier (website photo)


Height: from 22 to 25 cm
- males from 13 to 15.5 pounds, which correspond to approximately 5.8-7 kg.
- females from 11.5 to 14 pounds, i.e. about 5-6.3 kg.
Trunk: it is deep, narrow and rather long. Ribs are well placed back, but not excessively circled.
Head and muzzle: with moderately broad skull and short and robust muzzle.
Truffle: quite large and black in color.
Teeth: regularly aligned and complete in number and development. Scissor closure; pincers are also accepted.
Ears: small and "V" shaped. They have a moderate thickness and are falling forward on the sides of the cheeks.
Eyes: always dark and with lively expression.
Limbs: with not too heavy skeleton. Both the forelegs and hindquarters must be straight ahead. The hindquarters are vigorous and strong. Right muscle development.
Shoulder: must be strong and well muscled.
Upper line: always straight and solid.
Musculature: of good development in all parts of the body.
Tail: moderately short and quite large at the root. Placed high and carried cheerfully. Never bent over your back.
Hair: with thick undercoat. It must be hard and compact.
Skin: adapts well enough to the body. It must be thick.
Allowed colors: red, wheat, graying and tan, blue and tan.
Most common defects: lack of premolars, deviated jaw, clear eye, prognathism, enognatism, incorrect movement, non-standard measures, hair too long, colors not allowed, depigmented truffle, incorrect posterior, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

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Video: Border Terrier Dog Breed Guide (September 2021).