Border Terrier - Basic Facts You Should Understand

  • 25/03/2013

The Border Terrier (often called the "Border") is classified under the terrier dog breed category. They feature an otter-like face and wiry coat. The breed first originated during the 1700s where hunting foxes is what they were initially kept for. They're now a popular selection as a companion dog these days. Qualities such as their distinctive face and well-mannered temperament are what they can be recognized for. The breed is known to have come from the UK on the border of Scotland and England and their breeding lineage includes common ancestors of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Bedlington Terrier.

They're recognized as a small sized breed. The standard female guidelines are 12-16 pounds with a height of 11.5-14 inches, while the male dimensions are 12-20 pounds with a height of 12-15.5 inches. Their manner is commonly known to be good-tempered, curious and independent. They can be unsuitable as a guard dog, as they are generally friendly towards strangers. They are identified as being quite intelligent, and rank 30th compared with every other dog when being trained to comprehend new commands.

They're suitable as a family pet, as they are good with kids. They do combine peacefully with other pets such as other dogs and cats they're raised with. One simple job is looking after their coat. They require proper grooming every 4 to 6 weeks, and light brushing through their coat every week. They love to have a small, well-fenced backyard that gives them space to run around, but can be suited to apartment life.

They're largely long-lived, like the majority of small sized breeds, with an expected life of 12-15 years. Their major health problem is "Spike's Disease" but very few others. They can be entertained with activities like playing with toys or chasing balls. To prevent hyperactivity or other destructive behavior, they should be taken for long walks each day due to their high amount of energy.

If you own the Border Terrier you ought to be willing to give them plenty of attention, exercise and stimulation. They are an excellent option for active owners or families with time for a dog, but not an ideal option for households with prey animals like mice or rabbits. This particular dog is very appealing to quite a few people, and one of the biggest reasons is it has a well-mannered nature and is great with kids which can make it a great family pet. One of the other reasons dog owners choose them is they have very few health problems to be concerned about.

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