Border Terrier Dog Breed

This breed loves to play and is affectionate with its human family.
By: PawCulture Editors
Border Terrier

About the Border Terrier Dog Breed

Popular for its natural, “scruffy” face and persistent nature, the Border Terrier is an alert, active and agile dog that was originally bred to hunt foxes.

Border Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Border Terrier is a small dog with compact body. Its ears are typically folded over the forehead and its eyebrows give them impression that the dog is always thinking.


The Border Terrier can be red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan or wheaten.


The Border Terrier has a short wiry coat.

Border Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Border Terrier loves to play and chase things. It is also very affectionate with its human family, even getting along with cats and children so long as they are raised with the dog.

Things to Consider

If not socialized properly at an early age, the Border Terrier may act aggressive towards other dogs and may even chase cats and children.

Border Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Border Terrier fares well in the country or city.

Special Requirements

The Border Terrier requires regular exercise.

Border Terrier Health

Obesity is a condition commonly seen in Border Terriers.

Border Terrier History and Background

Touted as among the oldest British terriers, the Border Terrier developed near the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland. Originally, the dog was bred to chase and kill foxes that caused trouble for farmers. The Border Terrier, which was the smallest among long-legged terriers, had to be very swift to match the horse’s pace and yet be of small size, to dig out or follow a fox into its burrow.

The first record of this breed dates back to the 18th century; its ancestors were said to be associated with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The name Border Terrier was chosen in 1870, although it was sometimes referred to as Coquetdale Terrier. By the early 20th century, the Border Terrier had surpassed many of its earlier functions, and was valued as much as the Fox Hound during the gentry’s hunting expeditions.

The Border Terrier, which was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930, still remains a favorite among hunters and has even become popular as a show dog and a loveable pet.