The site was last updated on
24 Aug 2000
Name of breed:
AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Size: Height: about 25cm
Weight: dogs 6-7kg (13-15.5lb), bitches 5.1-6.4kg (11.5-14lb).
Coat: Harsh and dense with
Colors: Red, wheaten,
grizzle and tan, blue and tan.
tough little dog derives from the Border country, the area around boundary
between England and Scotland, and is probably still seen in its largest numbers
there. The Border Terrier was bred in the middle of the 19th century to run with
hounds and yet be small enough to bolt the fox from its lair.
Recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1920 the breed has been less spoilt by
the dictates of fashion than many others. It has always been a working terrier.
When James Davidson wrote in 1800 that he had purchased "twa red devils o'
terriers, that has hard wiry coats and would worry any demned thing that
crepit", he could have been describing the Border Terrier of today.
of the working terriers, the Border makes a first-class pet. It usually loves
all children, is long lived, with literally walks its owners off their feet, and
is a good watchdog. It requires little routine grooming, and only a slight
tidying up before exhibiting.