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Breed origin: Border country between Scotland and England.
Original purpose: Foxhunting.
AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Terrier
Weight: males 13 to 15½ lbs;
females 11½ to 14 lbs
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Red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten, usually with a dark muzzle.
12 to 15 years.
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.
Good with cats?
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Easy to train?
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
earthdog, obedience, agilty, conformation, tracking, flyball, therapy
A long walk or vigorous play in the yard for 20 to 30 minutes daily.
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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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