Border terrier became known in the second half of the 19th century, more names were used such as Redesdale Terrier, Rothbury Terrier and Coquetdale Terrier. As a dog breed that participated in the creation this particular breed the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Bedlington Terrier were mentioned. The standard for this breed of dogs was written in 1920, and the authors were the breeders John Dodd and Jacob Robson.
The Border Terrier is a small and sturdy dog. The muzzle is short and commonly dark, with a weak, slightly broad stop. The colour of the nose is black. The teeth have a scissor like bite and they are quite strong.
The small ears are V-shaped, set on the side of the head. They are usually dark. The medium-sized tail is thicker at the base and tapers. Border Terriers have a short, thick, wiry double coat. That coat comes in red, wheaten, blue and tan, grizzle and tan. On the chest there may be a meagre amount of white.
Although Border terriers are frequently stubborn and strong willed, on the whole they are very benevolent, friendly and very rarely aggressive. They are really good with children, but may occasionally chase cats or other small pets.
Border terrier breeders have recognized that type of temper and they agree that this breed is a perfect match for agility training. Directing energy in the right way produces a very positive effect on a dog.
Maintenance Border Terrier
Border Terrier grooming: weekly brushing and occasional stripping (every six months) of the rough terrier coat will keep your dog looking neat.
Border Terriers should not be bathed often - only when they have gotten themselves into something dirty and it's really necessary. Their coat mainly feed off dirt and it needs brushing once a week and after that a wipe-down with a damp cloth if necessary.
Border terrier puppies
When you buy a Border puppy, you are responsible for the puppy until its old age, and they live on average 16 years. During a conversation with the owner or exhibitor you will be able to find where you can buy a Border Terrier puppy, and the Border Terrier club is a good source of information about newest litter of course.