Border Terrier

Among all the terrier breeds, I’m the most likely to win a congeniality award. I’m good-natured and friendly to strangers, pets, and other dogs. I enjoy playing with children. Like any terrier I’m curious and have an independent streak; I’m quite clever and have been known to escape when something captures my interest. I’m compelled to dig and may sometimes bark. I’m spunky and lovable, but some might find my antics a bit trying.

I’m affectionate, happy, and easy to train—though I’m fearless and focused when spotting prey. I require a lot of daily exercise, such as a brisk walk or spirited game, and am best suited for an active family who can handle my slippery nature. I can tolerate apartment living and being alone for periods, but I can get mischievous when bored or underexercised.

I’m a small breed, weighing about 11 to 15 pounds and standing only 10 or 11 inches tall. My coat is very wiry and shaggy, and may be red, grizzle (mixed color) and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten. I do need weekly brushing, and my coat can be stripped to remove dead hairs every 5 or 6 months to keep me in top form. If you prefer a shaggy dog, stripping is optional.

I’m a hardy dog with no major health risks other than occasional heart defects or hip dysplasia. With good care and nutrition I’ll be a cherished family companion for 12 to 15 years.