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Understanding and Training a Border Terrier

Breed Border Terrier

One of the smallest of the terrier breeds, the Border Terrier is still a hardy hunter, therefore inquisitive, explorative and often single-minded. Introduce obedience early to give this intelligent little mind something to do.  They are bred to work with people, therefore consider task-oriented games to teach desired behaviour and nurture the devoted bond they develop with their owners.

Eager to please, yet sensitive to correction, the Border Terrier is responsive to training.  Avoid aggressive games and unnecessary harsh punishment, rather treat this plucky dog with deserved respect, clear rules and appropriate leadership.

Border Terriers are known to settle into the activity of their owners - they are happy to lounge about the house or engage in all-day family activity.  Although they do not demand exercise, they thrive when they get it!  For a well balanced dog, treat your Border Terrier to daily companionship that includes both long walks, occasional runs and games, as well as laid-back relaxation.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Border Terrier

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 12 - 15 lbs (5 - 7 kg); 25 cm
  • General Temperament: Alert & Plucky
  • General Description: A devoted, yet sensible dog that works hard, plays hard and blissfully relaxes as their owners do.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience       x  
Good Family Dog   x      
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers   x      
Grooming Requirements     x    


Brief History

The breed was developed near the boarder of England and Scotland and used to hunt vermin. The advantages of the small size include the ability to keep up with horses, yet easily navigate through earth. The durable coat can also withstand the border-line weather conditions.

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