Border Terrier Dog, originating in the Cheviot Hills that separate England from Scotland, the Border Terrier is the smallest of the working terrier breeds. It was first known as the Reedwater Terrier, a localized name, before being recognized under its present name in 1880. A tough and hardy breed, the Border was used originally to drive foxes from their earth. Indeed, Border Terriers are still kept for working purposes in their homeland today, although their precise ancestry now appears unknown. They are probably related to other terriers from this region, such as the Lakeland and Dandie Dinmont breeds. They probably acquired the name of Border Terrier as a result of working alongside the Border Foxhounds. In spite of their size, these terriers have the tremendous stamina required for hunting in this terrain, accompanying riders on horseback.
Origins: Cheviot Hills, England
Coat Type/Colour: Short; wide variety
Height: 10 inch (25 cm)
Weight: 13 to 15.5 lb (5.9 – 7 kg)
Nature: Great stamina; responsive to training
For this reason, you should only acquire one of these terriers if you can give it a long walk on a regular daily basis. Their short coats are easy to keep in good condition, and a range of colours, from wheaten to red and both blue and tan and grizzle and tan are all permissible for show purposes. The coat does not need stripping to remove dead hair, and possibly only a brief trim will be required if you wish to show a Border Terrier. They have probably altered less in appearance down the years than other terrier breeds and are particularly responsive to training.