Border Terrier breed information, pictures and more...

AKC Terriers, FCI Group III.: Terriers, TKC Terrier
Dogs 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)
Bitches 11-14 inches (28-36 cm)
Dogs 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Bitches 11-14 pounds (5-6 kg)
15 years
4 to 7

The Border Terrier is a good-tempered, affectionate, obedient dog breed. It’s a small, spunky terrier with a coarse, wiry double coat, dark lively eyes, a short muzzle, black nose and small ears, which fold forward into a "V". The Border Terrier is a muscular, well-balanced, alert, active and agile working dog.

Its head, "like that of an otter," is distinctive, and its temperament ideally exemplifies that of a terrier. It is very intelligent and eager to please. Especially affectionate with children and wants to please, so it is relatively easy to train. The Border Terrier makes an excellent family dog. This plucky dog needs plenty of exercise.


Red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten. A small amount of white may be allowed on the chest but white on the feet should be penalized. A dark muzzle is characteristic and desirable.


The Border Terrier has a short and dense undercoat covered with a very wiry and somewhat broken topcoat which should lie closely, but it must not show any tendency to curl or wave. The coat needs weekly brushings and a twice a year professional grooming. The Border Terrier sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy sufferers. Bathe only when necessary.

Health Issues:

The Border Terrier is prone to dislocated kneecaps. It is relatively insensitive to pain and shows few signs of illness, so the owner should watch this breed's health carefully. To minimize the risk of your Border Terrier developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable Border Terrier breeder.

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