Border Terriers are recognizable for their head, which many would compare to that of an otter. They have dense undercoats with a wiry topcoat. Common coat colorings include blue and tan, red, wheaten, and grizzle and tan. These dogs are quick, athletic and when on the hunt, they are relentless. From their hunting days, they are known to follow a fox over any barrier, scramble through dense undergrowth and dig deep in the ground when in pursuit. They are smart and trainable, but they can be difficult if they do not get the exercise and stimulation they need. Border Terriers are also friendly with humans and they will get on well with other dogs. With that said, their hunting instincts can be an issue with cats and other small animals.
Origin of the Border Terrier
The Border Terrier comes from the border region between Northern England and Scotland. Though the ancestors of Border Terriers have a long history in the region, the breed was first developed in the 18th Century to protect livestock and assist with foxhunts. For this purpose, the dogs were bred to be quick, nimble and determined.
Is a Border Terrier right for me?
If the Border Terrier is your choice of breed, you will get a dog with boundless energy and an adventurous spirit. They can be fine dogs for around the house, but they need a friend that is going to give them plenty of outside time and exercise.
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