Border Terrier Description
The Border Terrier is a small dog that has a coat which is wiry. It has small eyes that should be dark in color, and the muzzle should be short. It should also have small ears that are shaped like the letter “V.” The teeth and jaws of these dogs should form a scissors bite. The tail is short and should taper towards the tip. The tail should always be carried level to the back unless the dog is highly energetic.
The coat colors for this breed should be tan, blue, red, or grizzle. A combination of these colors may also be present. While a small amount of white is allowed on the chest, and white which is present on the feet will be considered to be a fault.
The Border Terrier is an active dog that can be calm. It is loyal and excellent with children, and training is simple. Because of this, the Border Terrier makes the ideal family dog. Owners will want to make sure it is socialized while it is still a puppy, and this will stop it from being timid. While these dogs may bark, they are not vicious. Because of their size and nature, this breed does not make good guard dogs. They are proficient diggers, and owners will want to make sure they are placed in an enclosed area where the fence extends under the ground.
The Border Terrier handles pain well, and it may not show signs if it becomes sick. Because of this, owners will want to monitor these dogs carefully. The disorder that is most common to this breed is Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome. This is a type of muscle ailment that also affects the brain. The Border Terrier has a life expectancy of 15 years, and some have been known to live longer.
The Border Terrier is a breed that was developed for the purpose of hunting. They have large amounts of endurance, and owners will want to give them sufficient amounts of exercise. These dogs can live in apartments, but they will need to get decent amounts of exercise.
Special Grooming Needs
These dogs have coats that will need to be brushed on a weekly basis, and their coats will need to be groomed by a dog specialist once a year. The goal of the owners should be to make sure their Border Terriers maintains a natural look. These dogs shed very little amounts of fur, and are excellent for owners who suffer from allergies.