Border Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
There is nothing about the Border Terrier that says it is a “show dog”. In fact one of the top breeders of Borders, just after an exceptional win at Crufts was out with her dogs and stopped for a chat and the dogs were admired. The strangers words of praise were “There’s nothing like a good mongrel, is there?”. Although he didn’t recognise the breed he obviously spotted the quality. The Border Terrier is a smart, workmanlike little terrier, totally unexaggerated with a harsh and dense weatherproof coat, and the ability to keep going steadily all day.
He was bred in the Border Country to follow the Hunt and go to ground after the fox and otter, at one time being known as the Reedwater or Coquetdale Terrier before his name was finally settled on as the Border Terrier in 1880, probably because of his association with Border Hunt. The breed was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1920.
The Border Terrier is a very sporty dog; no height is specified in the Breed Standard, though his weight is given as up to 6.4kg for bitches and a little more for dogs. His coat is in shades of red, wheaten grizzle and tan or blue and tan and it is very easy to keep smart – just a brush to tidy him up.
He makes a good pet for an active family, but if he doesn’t get the exercise he needs he will take himself off if your garden isn’t dogproof. The Border is a good-natured and cheerful dog, but has a strong working instinct and does like to be busy.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.