Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): BT
As you might guess from the name, the Border Terrier was one of several terrier breeds developed along the border between England and Scotland. The Kennel Club (UK) asserts that the BT has "exactly the qualities that are required for a dog that is expected to go to ground after a fox." The AKC calls the breed "plucky"-- a good word for a bold dog that isn't afraid to dig right into holes and crawlspaces. This dog is recommended to the energetic, athletic owner who enjoys lots of time working or playing with their companion.
They are affectionate and live for your attention. Focus on positive rewards while training them. It can be a tougher balance to achieve than you think, since they can overeat treats.
Appearance / health:
Border Terriers are small dogs with heads resembling an otter's head. The head is moderately broad and a flat skull with considerable width between the eyes and the ears. The eyes are dark hazel, and moderate in size. The muzzle is short and generally dark. A few short whiskers are characteristic of this breed. The nose is black. The tail is moderately short, thick at the base, and set on high.
The Border Terrier is a low shedder and requires moderate grooming to look as natural as possible. The major task is stripping the coat when it be comes dead and overgrown. Owners regularly brush their hair once every week. Bathing and shampooing is done only when necessary. These dogs have a natural coat that is resistant to dirt and weather.
They need good amounts of exercise. A walk or a jog is necessary for both farm dogs as well as dogs in apartments.
Border Terriers are a healthy breed suffering from fewer ailments than other dogs. Some dogs may suffer from heart problems, eye disorders, seizures, and allergies. They may also suffer from hip dysplasia, a condition characterized by badly formed hips that may cause lameness. It is necessary to do regular health checks on these dogs because they have a high tolerance to pain. A dog suffering from any disease may not display pain or discomfort.
Behavior / temperament:
Border Terriers have a good sense of hearing. Their hunting instincts are strong and they love chasing smaller animals such as rabbits and mice, sometimes killing them. It might be difficult for the owner to recall them when they are on a chase. They love to dig and can dig their way out of a fenced space. They thrive in human company, sometimes demonstrating their love by jumping or kissing them. Though they are generally gentle and well mannered, they can be aggressive and determined when on a hunt. They are capable of traversing through narrow paths easily. Food motivates them a lot, and can be used effectively to train them.
Compared to most terriers, they are easily trained because of their high intelligence and desire to please. Patient, kind training is necessary for this breed, as they do not take to harsh methods easily. They have a good learning rate.
They are spirited barkers and bark every time someone rings the bell.
trainable dog, affectionate companion, intelligent dogs, favourite pooch, funny, playfulness
squirrels, chasing, small critters, naughty boy Border, excessive exercise, strangers
soft undercoat, active dogs, strong owner, strong motherly traits
Tui: Border Terrier
Tui came to us in 2010 from a rescue shelter. She had a number of problems - she has a spinal curvature, an undershot jaw, and a serious skin condition. Because of these issues, she is often very smelly which means she needs to be bathed a lot. It is also important to mention that she is washed in a natural soap made from white vinegar, glycerin and dish soap.
Despite her stink, she is incredibly tough! She's been kicked by horses and walked away with only a yelp. Border terriers are tough and tenacious!
A favourite story of mine to recount of Tui is how she deals with rodents. One of our cats brought in a live rat and let it go in the dining room. We had a big sheep dog who came into the room, took one look at the rat, and hightailed it back the way he came. Tui bounded over to the rat, grabbed it by the neck and brought it over to me awaiting directions on where to drop it. I opened the door and pointed her outside where she dropped the rat and trotted back inside for a treat for a job well done!
Border terriers would be suitable as a family pet as they are fantastic with children and other animals. They are highly energetic, but can also be content to laze around in the sun. Tui gets walked every day for at least 20 minutes, and she also gets 2 or 3 longer walks for about 1 hour each during the weekend.
Tui enjoys playing fetch and tug-o-war with me, and is very easy to calm down after an intense play session. She is incredibly sweet-natured, and we have never had any problems with growling, snarling, nipping, or biting around food, toys, animals or people.
The best owner for this dog is someone who has the time to spend walking the dog (at least 20 minutes a day), and someone who is looking for a loyal companion..
From floweratmyfeet Dec 29 2014 8:22PM
Important for every dog, extremly important for dogs with osteoarthritis
Best way to prevent, or at least prolong the time before your old dog becomes arthritic is to keep them lean and strong. This is also important for longevity and overall health, so it should be your main goal if you want to keep your dog alive and well for as long as possible. I can't stress the importance of keeping your dog fit and strong if it has osteoarthritis. If your dog is overweight joints have to bear more weight, and if it's muscles aren't strong joints bear even more weight then they should, which leads to increased friction and damage of the joints. If your dog is in perfect physical condition (body condition score 4-5 on 9 point scale) joints bear minimum amount of weight they have to, and if it's muscles, tendons and ligaments are strong they reduce weight bearing of the joints even more. This is important for overall health, as well as in cases of osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions. So keep your dog fit and strong. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 131 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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