This lively, sturdy, and affectionate breed is eager to please making training an enjoyable task between a dog and owner. Borders have earned more AKC Earthdog titles than any other terrier. These trials showcase the instinctual traits preserved in the development of the breed. Their even temperament make them well suited as therapy dogs for children and the elderly alike as well as aiding the blind or deaf in some cases.
Originally bred to assist in foxhunts, Border Terriers would help drive the foxes out of their hiding places and out in the open. The Border Terrier is a bold hunting terrier and as such likes to dig and hunt. They have a high energy level and are an intelligent breed. They are generally good-natured, loyal, fearless, and determined. They play hard and love harder.
A securely fenced yard is a must for a Border Terrier as they are prone to dig under or climb over fences if left alone for a long period of time. They are actually bred to cross walls or crawl through wire entanglements. Their instinct to chase prey is so strong they will run into moving traffic just to catch a rabbit or cat.
If left alone for long periods of time, Border Terriers can become destructive and noisy. Adequate daily exercise is necessary to keep boredom and obesity at bay (they are prone to obesity). They are generally happy dogs who get along well with children or strangers. They will make great watchdogs as they bark at noises but they are not aggressive and will not make a good guard dog.
Though intelligent, they are an independent spirit. They like to please, though, so training with lots of praise will prove to be successful.
Major Health Concerns: Generally a hardy breed, Border Terriers are prone to Canine Epileptiod Cramping Syndrome (CECS) also known as Spike’s Disease. Border Terriers may exhibit hip dysplasia or Perthes disease, both affecting the hip joints. Juvenile cataracts and progressive renal atrophy are also known to affect Border Terriers’ eyes.
Interesting Fact: Border Terriers share ancestry with Dandie Dinmont Terriers and Bedlington Terriers
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