Border Terriers are small but tough breed. They have the ability to run fast and jump high. They are very affectionate canine who loves to please their owners. They need to be given interactive games to keep them occupied for they can be destructive when bored. They are always alert which makes them a good watchdog. They are also very determined creatures that have a high drive to dig and hunt. They are very well with children since they love to play, although parental supervision is advised especially if there are children below six years old.
Border Terriers stand up to 16 inches in height and can grow up to 14 pounds in weight. They have otter-shaped heads with a broad skull. Their ears are v-shaped and usually dark in color. They have hazel colored eyes and a black nose. They have a few whiskers that are relatively short, and their tail is moderately short which is thicker at the base and tapering.
The Border Terrier is very alert and determined. Once it sets its eye on a prey, it is willing to squeeze through small spaces just to capture it. They can run fast and jump high. They are good learners which make them very easy to train. Though small in size, they are very robust. They are very affectionate dogs that love attention and aims to please its owner.
Border Terriers prefer vigorous workouts and interactive activities. They need to be around humans since they are generally family dogs. They love a good game of catch just make sure that the playground is fenced and secure since they are high jumper. When bored, Border Terriers can be destructive.
Border Terriers identified health issues include, hip dysplasia, heart defects, malocclusions, seizures, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, and cryptorchidism. They can live for 15 years or more.
The suggested daily amount of high-quality food is 2 to 2 1/2 cups and divided into two meals.
COAT, COLOR, AND GROOMING
Border Terriers comes in red, grizzle and tan, fawn, or blue and tan. They have wiry topcoats with a short and dense undercoat. Weekly brushing is required to keep the Border Terrier neat. Clipping is also possible, but it will make the coat less weather resistant and its texture and color tends to change after clipping. Bathing is only necessary if they get really dirty Although their coat is dirt repellant. Brush the teeth at least twice a week. Trim the nails as needed and clean the ears as often as possible.
DOG WITH FAMILY, CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS
Border Terriers are naturally good with kids since they have the energy to play with them all day long, but they might be too playful at times so parental supervision is advised especially if children below six years old are involved. They also get along fine with other dogs especially ones from the opposite sex. If the Border Terrier is well socialized, they can get along with other animals.