AKC PuppyFinder: Border Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Plucky, happy, affectionate
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Quick and agile, Borders need exercise and time to explore
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 13-15.5 pounds (male), 11.5-14 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Your Border Terrier puppy is born to work, with a natural instinct to chase down vermin. These small dogs aren't just great hunters, they're happy and affectionate family dogs, too. They are quick learners and do well at obedience training and dog sports like agility. Give your Border Terrier lots of exercise and stimulation and you'll be rewarded with an active, playful companion.

History & Job
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Origin: England/Scotland

Year Recognized: 1930

Breed History & Job Description: In the countryside near the Scottish-English border, farmers and shepherds developed quick, agile terriers to help pursue the clever, sheep-stealing fox. This required terriers with legs long enough to keep up with foxhounds and huntsmen on horseback. But they also had to be small enough to dig into the fox’s lair and force him into the open. A wiry coat protected these fearless terriers from the wet weather and rough terrain of the borderland.

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Border Terriers are generally a healthy and robust breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Border Terriers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Border Terrier Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.btcoa.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 86
  • Breed Referral Contact: Jean Clark -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Border Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: jo-wolf@outlook.com
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 706-814-3947
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.btcoa.org/rescue/rescue.html
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