Dogs 101 - BORDER TERRIER - Top Dog Facts About the BORDER TERRIER
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Dogs 101 BORDER TERRIER Top Dog Facts About the BORDER TERRIER
The Border Terrier is a breed of a small, roughcoated dogs, one of the oldest in the Terrier Group. It gets its name from having been an integral part of the Border Hunts taking place around the Cheviot Hills forming the Scotland – England border, in the region of Northumberland. The dog is believed to share its ancestry with the DandieDinmontand the Bedlington Terriers, and was in common use as a hunting companion by the 18th century. It was bred to be fast enough to keep track with the horses and hounds on the hunt, but small enough to burrow into foxholes and bolt the quarry. It was also used to hunt vermin, badgers and otters. The current name was adopted in 1870, and it was identified as a distinct breed in the early 1900s. Unlike many other terriers, the Border Terrier has long been a greater favorite in the field rather than in dog shows, but in recent times this goodnatured dog has won many followers as a popular pet and successful show dog.
Time for some Ruff Trivia: The Border Terrier can easily be confused with the Cairn Terrier. But which of these is an easy way to distinguish between the two? o A: A Border Terrier’s ears are carried dropping forward while the Cairn Terrier’s ears are erect. o B: A Border Terrier’s coat is harsh while the Cairn Terrier’s is smooth. o C: A Border Terrier has a scissors bite while the Cairn Terrier has a prominent undershot. What do you think, give it your best guess in the comments below before we get to the answer! Hang on tight and we’ll get back to this Ruff Trivia Question toward the end of the video.
The height range for the adult Border Terrier is 10 to 11 inches, with the weight range being 13 to 15.5 pounds for the male, and 11.5 to 14 pounds for the female. It is an active terrier of medium bone, with long legs that provide speed and narrow body that helps squeeze through narrow spaces. The ‘ottershaped’ head is characteristic to the breed, slightly broad skulled, with wide space between the moderatesized eyes and the small, Vshaped ears that are carried dropping forward. A short, dense undercoat is covered with a wiry, somewhat broken topcoat that lies closely. The wiry coat and the thick hide provide protection from bites of the quarry. The usual colors are red, wheaten, grizzle and tan, and blue and tan.
Grooming:A weekly brushing, along with handstripping three to four times yearly should keep the coat healthy and clean. Brushing of teeth, cleaning of ears and trimming of nails has to be regular.
Temperament:Bred to work with hounds while hunting, the Border Terrier has long been known to be friendly with dogs and humans alike. It is playful and gets along well with children. Its hunting instincts are likely to kick in when meeting a cat or smaller pets. It loves to explore and chase, and should never be let out in an unfenced area. It is also known to be eager to please, but retains an independent character.
Training:The Border Terrier is easily trainable and capable of learning tricks quickly. These dogs often excel in agility training. Some dogs might exhibit a stubborn nature, and would require a firm and patient hand. While historically meant to spend a lot of time outdoors, in recent years the breed has become adapted to living in apartments, as long as it gets its daily dose of exercise.
Health:The typical life span of a Border Terrier is between 12 to 15 years. It is a generally hardy breed, but some concerns that are seen occasionally include hip dysplasia, some heart defects, juvenile cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, Perthes disease and Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome.
‘Hard as nails’ in the field, the Border Terriercan double up as a funloving companion with the family. Independent, adaptable, low maintenance – it is perfect for apartments or suburban homes.
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