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Border Terrier
The favorite of James Herriot (veterinarian and author of the All Creatures Great and Small series), the Border Terrier offers much of what many would be considered the ideal dog.  Compact and active but not hyper.  Easy grooming and with an agreeable nature, it would be expected if everyone thought it was the ideal pet.  Fortunately, this is not the case as the breed does hold a strong work ethic (so when they think they are working they are not always reliable to come when called) and a strength of will that can be problematic in the wrong hands as well as a level of confidence that could easily get them in trouble with foes that are much larger.  All in all however, the Border Terrier is an exceptional companion for the home that is dedicated to this delightful and charming member of the rural gentry.
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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: usually 9-12 inches
Weight: 11.5-15.5 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan or wheaten with minimal white acceptable Coat type: doublecoat: dense undercoat with wiry somewhat broken top coat
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, UKC, AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Compact not heavy terrier of exceptionally charming though unkempt appearance. Wiry coat is not overly groomed adding to the jaunty charm.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to thigh
General Nature: happy, somewhat more easy going and less reactive than other Terrier breeds
  with Children: generally very good if socialized and handled properly
  with other pets: generally very good but not ideal with many smaller animals like cats and rodents
  with dogs: generally exceptional with dogs of all sizes, makes and models
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: one that appreciates the alert and ever interested Terrier temperament combined with a somewhat easy going and mellow outlook
Temperament Notes: alert, responsive, intelligent, mildly independent
Training requirement: socializing and basic manners
Trainer notes: The Border Terrier combines everything that one might seek in a training partner.  A certain tenacity (common in Terriers), intelligence, devotion to their training partner and perhaps a dollop of the entertainer at heart.  If their training partner is one that can enjoy the occasional challenge as a result of this dog "working the crowd", then the training career of this dog and team will be ripe with exceptional stories and memories if not trophies.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: early 18th century
Country of Origin: North England and Scotland
Original Function: Earth dog even following fox to their lairs, ratter and more
History: Developed as a hunter in the border country of N. England and Scotland, used as a ratter as well as in fox hunts to flush fox from their dens.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, coat too soft, poor dentition
Health Notes: Hip Dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Border Terriers?
  • How long have you been breeding Border Terriers?
  • What health issues have you observed in the breed?
  • What health concerns do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you microchip your puppies?
  • At what age do you send your puppies to their homes?
  • Do you have any suggestions for training, grooming and socializing a puppy?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What do you consider to be a correct Border Terrier temperament?
  • What would you consider an ideal home for a Border Terrier?
Web Sites:

You and your Border Terrier will be sending a clear message in matching T's designed by Bark Out Loud! from spay/neuter to patriotism to breast cancer awareness - you'll find a fun and inspired choice for you and your dog. - Border Terrier Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: Breed Standard for the Border Terrier

Breeder Ethics: Ethical Conduct Standard of the Border Terrier Club of America
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