Border Terrier

Everything you need to know about Border Terriers

Life Expectancytypically 12+ years
SheddingShort length with moderate shedding

Border Terriers are small dogs with a short, dense coat. Border Terrier colours are typically black and tan. There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Border Terriers, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving.

Thinking about giving a Border Terrier a forever home? Here are some Border Terrier facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Border Terriers

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Border Terrier or Border Terrier cross.

Caring for your chosen breed

Health issues

Before you give any type of Border Terrier or mix a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about potential health...

How much food does a Border Terrier need?

The amount of food a Border Terrier needs depends on their: 

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a gu...

How much exercise does a Border Terrier need?

Border Terriers are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play. L...

How much grooming does a Border Terrier need?

Although Border Terriers have short fur, they do shed so you'll typically need to brush them a couple of times a week. Border Terriers may enjoy digging, so they might need a wash sometimes. They're also likely to nee...

What size crate do you need for a Border Terrier?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

Border Terrier behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Border Terriers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Training your chosen breed

What’s the temperament of a Border Terrier?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Border Terrier temperament is different.
As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the wo...

Are Border Terriers easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s treats, toys or lots of praise, training with ...

Are Border Terriers good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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