This alert, good-natured dog was originally bred to assist in foxhunts, driving foxes out of their hiding places and out into the open for the hounds to chase. He still has a powerful drive to hunt and dig, as well as the energy level that enabled him to keep up with hunters on horseback. These traits can make him an aggravating pet for some owners; for others, Border Terriers are wonderful companions who play hard and love harder.

Watch and learn about Border Terrier dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Border Terrier Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Border Terrier Dog Terrier Dogs 10 inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder 11 to 15 pounds 12 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Border Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone. This means Border Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Being Alone parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Friendly Dog. This means Border Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Friendly Dog parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers parameter.

Health Grooming:

Border Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Health Grooming. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Amount Of Shedding parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Drooling Potential. This means Border Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Easy To Groom. This means Border Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Easy To Groom parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in General Health parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Size. This means Border Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Size parameter.

Trainability:

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Trainability. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Trainability parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Easy To Train. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Intelligence. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Prey Drive. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 1 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. This means Border Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Energy Level. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Intensity. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intensity parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Border Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness. This means Border Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Terrier Dogs

Height

10 inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight

11 to 15 pounds

Life Span

12 to 15 years

Highlights

Border Terriers become overweight easily, so be sure to measure your Border’s food and give him at least a half hour of vigorous exercise each day.Border Terriers thrive when they’re with their people and aren’t meant to live outdoors with little human interaction. When left to their own devices, they can be noisy and destructive.These escape artists will find the way out of a fenced yard if given the time and opportunity. They’ve been known to climb over and dig under fences, and once they get out they have little street sense to keep them from dashing out in front of cars.Border Terriers have a high threshold for pain. If your dog’s sick, the only sign may be a behavioral change, such as the dog becoming withdrawn or quiet.Border Terriers have a natural instinct to dig. Rather than fighting it, give your Border Terrier a place of his own to dig or put his digging drive to work with fun games.Border Terriers are active and bouncy. They love jumping up on people to greet them.The Border Terrier’s coat needs weekly brushing and periodic stripping — removing the dead hair by hand or with a stripping tool — to maintain its trademark rough texture.Border Terriers love to chew. Some will grow out of chewing inappropriate items such as furniture and shoes, but others enjoy chewing throughout their lives. Giving them plenty of appropriate chew toys is the best way to avoid expensive replacements and unnecessary vet bills.Border Terriers aren’t yappy, but they’ll bark to alert you of anything unusual, and they can become nuisance barkers if they get bored.Border Terriers have a high prey drive and will chase, attack, and even kill neighborhood cats, squirrels or other small animals. They’ll also go after small pets such as rabbits, mice, or gerbils. Because of their tendency to chase, make sure your yard is securely fenced, and don’t let your Border off leash in an unfenced area.Border Terriers do well with other dogs and with family cats if the cat is raised with the Border Terrier or lived in the home before the Border Terrier.Border Terriers can make excellent companions for kids, but they can be rambunctious, especially when young, and can unintentionally hurt small children.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who doesn’t provide health clearances or guarantees. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments.