Border Terrier


"...rugged breed.. makes a good-natured companion at home...

"...an earth dog of uncommon ability... developed in the 19th century in northern England and southern Scotland... shared the landscape with the Lakeland, the Bedlington, and the Dandie Dinmont...

wgt. 11 1/2 to 15 1/2 lbs.

"...the typical Border is good-tempered and easy-going. However, watch out for the cat... or the unwary squirrel...

"This is one breed that loves people...

"They are bright, easy to train, and love to play...

"Borders have had problems with anesthesia because they may be slow to induce while requiring less than the standard dosage by weight. This should be mentioned to the vet. The anesthesia dosage should be adjusted on the basis of response and not simply the weight of the dog. Borders are also very stoic. If they are suddenly withdrawn and quiet, they must be checked carefully since they do not show pain when not feeling well...

"A Border's coat will not shed out completely without help. The Border is usually hand stripped twice a year.

"Clipping removes the weather- and dirt-resistant qualities of the top coat, and is not recommended, except for the soft-coated individual...

"...what sticks out come out. Stripping can be done with a stripping tool or by hand...

"...the Border should be brushed several times a week to remove dead hair...

"He is a fun dog to show and is more at home with obedience competition than most terriers" (Seymour N. Weiss. "Border Terrier." Dog World, April 2004: 22-31).


Colby Glass, MLIS