ALL ABOUT™ BORDER TERRIERS
Border Terrier Puppy & Breed Information
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The weatherproof Border Terrier is one of the oldest in Great Britain. A true working terrier, he followed fox, eradicated vermin, and always earned his keep. Up on leg, he can and will follow a horse. He’s eager to please, easy to keep!
Border Terrier Coat, Color, Care: This little terrier has a short, rough but close-fitting, wiry, straight coat. His face is whiskered so the mouth needs daily washing. Fussy owners can tidy up the head, neck, and feet but the Border Terrier is just fine as he is.
Border Terrier Personality: He’s a terrier, plain and simple. He’s animated but no-nonsense, well mannered, good with children and other dogs. Keenly alert for his owner’s voice, innately aware of his surroundings, the Border is as mentally quick as he is physically agile.
Exercise Requirements: Border Terriers thrive on regular outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but a long, investigative walk (kept on a long line to prevent him from going on off his own) will prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: We can only conclude that the Border Terrier has none or that they are so few that the breed club does not address them. He is indeed a rugged, natural little dog with natural ears which don’t need much cleaning. The Border’s eyes are naturally sized and placed so he may be clear for eye problems. Seizures, allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is not uncommon in any breed but not considered hereditary and are most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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