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Border Terrier

Border Terriers are typical terriers with terrier-ific temperaments. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed.

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What is a Border Terrier?

A Border Terrier is a small, wire haired dog that was originally bred to hunt foxes and vermin - these days, they are more likely to be found in family homes. According to The Border Terrier Club in the UK, originally the Border Terrier was referred to as the Coquetdale Terrier or Redesdale Terrier from the area in which it evolved, but by the late 1800s it was generally known as the Border Terrier, probably because of its long history with the Border Hunt in Northumberland.

How much exercise does a Border Terrier need?

The Kennel Club recommends up to an hour of exercise every day for Border Terriers. Energy levels do vary, but there is no doubt that these dogs like to be out and about and especially love being playful.

She gets lots of walks but has simply tons of energy so is always up for more. Endlessly curious and super friendly she likes to say "hello" to everyone she meets. She has an incredibly sunny temperament.

- Morwenna, Owner of Tillie

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What is the temperament of a Border Terrier?

A typical terrier, the Border is at times stubborn, but very loving and friendly. They can adapt well into family environments, but beware - a bit of a running theme with the Border Terriers on BorrowMyDoggy is a dislike for cats and an inclination towards chasing anything small and furry so perhaps if you’ve got some feline friends at home you best steer clear!

Tippy is a fun, stubborn, mischievous lil dog. He likes his cuddles and to lick your face, but is also happy to be sat on the sofa snuggled into you with his paw over your knee.

- Nicola, Owner of Tippy

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Are Border Terriers easy to train?

According to The Border Terrier Club in the UK - they are an intelligent breed, who can be quick to learn, but sometimes slow to obey if confronted with something else they would rather do, such as chasing small critters, rolling in unmentionables or chewing your best pair of shoes/three piece suite/wallet full of money etc!

Memphis is a happy soul who loves to be around people and likes to be part of the pack. He is generally well behaved and obedient, but can be selectively deaf when something interests him greatly.

- Sarah, Owner of Memphis

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Matt, Owner of Hamlet:

Hamlet is super obedient, loves tricks and will sit, stay, roll over, hold out his paw, etc. He loves learning new tricks, too. Also sings along to opera music, which is a little weird.

Sara, Owner of Esta:

Esta is a typical Border Terrier, strong willed, stubborn but absolutely adorable. She loves walks, long or short, likes to sunbathe in the garden and hates the ironing board, Hoover and cats.

Most common Border Terrier names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Poppy
  • Archie
  • Ruby
  • Molly
  • Max

Do you know a stubborn Border Terrier who doesn’t always come back when called? Why not try our Hound Hack on how to teach your dog better recall:

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Border Terriers. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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