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Border Terrier

Breed origin: Border country between Scotland and England.
Original purpose: Foxhunting.

AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: males 13 to 15½ lbs; females 11½ to 14 lbs
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Color: Red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten, usually with a dark muzzle.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Border Terrier is alert, active, agile, good-tempered, affectionate, obedient, and easily trained. They are persistent in the field and make an excellent working terrier. As companions or family pets, they must be kept engaged and well-exercised because of their high activity level. Border Terriers learn quickly and respond well to training, making them a good candidate for various canine sports and activities.

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Good with cats? No

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Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: earthdog, obedience, agilty, conformation, tracking, flyball, therapy

Exercise requirement: A long walk or vigorous play in the yard for 20 to 30 minutes daily.

Grooming requirement: The weather resistant coat needs to be brushed weekly and hand stripped twice a year. Hand stripping involves pulling out the dead outer coat by hand, or with the help of a stripping tool.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart defects, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, allergies, malocclusions, luxating patellas.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Border Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Muriel P. Lee and Isabelle Francais
Published in 2005
160 pages

About the Border Terrier
By Verite Reily Collins
Published in 1998
224 pages

Border Terrier
By Betty Judge
Published in 2009
144 pages

The Border Terrier
By David V. Kline
Published in 1993
262 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Border Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Border Terrier Club of America Rescue

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