The Border Terrier is a rough haired breed of dog originally used as a hunting dog to catch foxes and vermain.
The Border Terrier dates back to the late 1800s and was originally known as the Coquetdale Terrier or Redesdale Terrier, the area in which the breed evolved from. The name Border Terrier links back to the long history of the Border Hunt in Northumberland. The Border Terrier Club was formed the same year the Kennel Club recognised the breed back in 1920.
Border Terrier’s have a double coat with a short dense undercoat and a wiry outer coat, it is recommended to hand strip and remove any dead hair twice a year.
Border Terriers tend to be good with children and are friendly, stubborn, strong willed and rarely aggressive, although they may choose to chase small pets or cats.
Their long legs gives them the ability to jump high and run fast. They are quick learners which makes them very trainable and ideal for agility and learning new tricks. Due to their quick learning this makes part of the agility course such as see-saws and weaving poles easily achievable to train and learn.
Border Terriers are a loyal and independent breed and make a good therapy dog ideal to aid the blind or deaf. The Border Terrier is a breed that can easily adapt to different environments, which makes any temporary change easily adaptable.
The Border Terrier tends to be a hardy breed in general but there are still genetic health problems related to the breed, just as there are with most breeds. Border Terriers have been known to suffer from some of the following conditions, hip dysplasia, heart defects, seizures and cataracts to name a few.
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