Border Terrier


The Border Terrier may be the oldest of Britain’s Terriers, originating in the 1700s in the border country between England and Scotland. The breed was used to hunt fox, which were considered a nuisance to farmers. The agile Terrier was fast enough to keep up with horses on a hunt, but small enough to go underground after a fox. Today the Border Terrier excels in agility and earthdog trials; the people-oriented breed makes a fine home companion.


Small; females 111/2 to 14 inches, 12 to 16 pounds; males 12 to 151/2 inches, 12 to 20 pounds.


Red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, wheaten.


Good tempered in the home; independent, curious chaser in the field. Good with children and pets other than rodents. Enjoys digging and barking.

Energy level:

Moderately high.

Best owner:

Active family or owner.


Daily exercise, leash, securely fenced yard, weekly brushing plus stripping about four times a year.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years