A cheeky and independent family friend who’s always full of fun

The word terrier comes from ‘terra’, meaning ‘earth’; accurate since these dogs were bred to control vermin and hunt small animals by pursuing them below ground. They tend to be fun but feisty, and love to chase!

Vital Stats

Size: Small to medium
Coat: Double coat, groom weekly, hand strip
Exercise: 1+ hours a day for adult dogs
Life span: 12+ years
Breed group: Terrier
Temperament: Smart, loving, cheeky
Size small
Coat long
Exercise 1+ hrs Life span 12+years

Border Terrier Temperament & Personality

Sociable, playful, affectionate and cheeky Border Terriers are great family dogs for active households with lots going on. Originally bred to work alongside horses and hounds, the Border Terrier tends to get on with people and animals alike.

Border Terrier Training & Exercise

Borders are quick learners and easy to train, provided training starts at a young age as their intelligence can also make them stubborn.

Border Terrier Grooming

Border Terrier coats are thick and hardy to offer protection in the sometimes harsh climate of the border between Scotland and England.

Border Terrier Nutrition

For little dogs Border Terriers have big appetites and can be greedy, so it’s important to monitor their food intake carefully.

What to know before you buy or rehome a Border Terrier

Thinking about welcoming a fun but feisty terrier into your household? Before you find a puppy or adopt a Border Terrier, here are a few important things to remember.

Border Terrier insurance considerations

Borders can sometimes suffer from epilepsy and other neurological problems, as well as common health issues like skin allergies and otitis. It’s important that when choosing dog insurance you check for limits in your policy and find one that suits what you need. Petplan's Covered For Life® plans allow you to continue to claim for ongoing conditions for life provided there's no break in cover as well as covering diagnostic tools like MRI scans as standard.

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