Border Terrier Dog Breed

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The Border Terrier: is the tiniest of all the working terriers. He has a compact, sturdy body, medium-boned, and well put together. His otter-like head sets him at a distance from the other terriers. His eyes have been described as "full of fire and intelligence." He has long legs that enable him to keep up alongside dogs of much greater size.

Maybe the most personable of the terriers, this plain tiny brown dog is brim-full of fascination and life, which makes him a marvellous family dog. He is a fun-loving dog with loads of energy. He loves children and will play tirelessly with them. Even so, young children need to be instructed not to roughhouse with the dog. He is hardy, trustworthy, a really vigorous breed with tenacity and great drive.

He seems to possess a greater desire to delight than other breeds in his group. This adorable breed usually shows aggression only if spoiled. He can be dog-aggressive if not socialized early. Because of his terrier instinct, he has a high prey drive toward tiny animals. Training should be patient and consistent but not overbearing, as this breed have a sensitive side to him. The Border Terrier loves to dig and should not be left unattended in the yard for long periods of time. Overbearing owners may cause this breed to worry and display fear-aggression.

Size: The Border Terrier stands 9-11in at the shoulder and weighs between 11 and 15lb.

History and origin: The Border Terrier is one of the oldest terriers that were used to hunt fox and badger. He is a spunky, athletic dog bred to have endless staying power and determination. He is a natural breed that evolved in the border counties of England and Scotland in the middle of the 19th century when it was a common practice to produce a terrier tailor-made for the job it would carry out.

The Border Terrier still works with hounds and has been less changed to meet the standards of the show ring. The breed was recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1920.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for this breed is half to 1 can of high-quality meat product (13.3oz size) with biscuit added in same amount or 1 and a half cups of a complete dry food. Increase the amount of food for a very active terrier.

Exercise: An ideal surrounding for this breed is a fenced-in yard with an abundance of room for him to run around. However, the Border Terrier can make a satisfactory apartment dog as long as he is getting plenty of exercise.

Grooming: This breed has a short, weather resistant coat that is coarse and wiry with tiniest shedding and requires minimum grooming. Show dogs should be hand-stripped to tidy up for the show ring. Hand-stripping is a long-winded plucking procedure that preserves the texture and luster of the coat.

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