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!
|Small to medium
|Double coat, groom weekly, hand strip
|1+ hours a day for adult dogs
|Smart, loving, cheeky
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.
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 coats are thick and hardy to offer protection in the sometimes harsh climate of the border between Scotland and England.
For little dogs Border Terriers have big appetites and can be greedy, so it’s important to monitor their food intake carefully.
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.
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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.