Border Terrier

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Life expectancy

The Border Terrier has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 13 and 14 in
Male Between 14 and 16 in

Adult weight

Female Between 11 and 13 lb
Male Between 11 and 15 lb
Coat colour
Red Sand Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Border Terrier costs between £530 and £720

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More details about the Border Terrier

Border Terrier: Origins and history

Originally hailing from the south of Scotland, from the Borders region which is his namesake, he is reportedly the result of a cross between an ancient version of the Bedlington, the Lakeland Terrier, and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The breed was only officially recognised by the English Kennel Club in 1920, but is actually much older than that: it springs from a group of Terriers dubbed ‘working Terriers’. The Border Terrier took part in agricultural trade shows at the beginning of the 19th century, in the Borders county between Scotland and England.

FCI classification of the Border Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 1 : Large and medium sized Terriers

Training a Border Terrier

The Border Terrier is a work dog, he does therefore absorb rather rapidly what is asked of him and takes great pleasure in interacting with his master if the latter is respectful, coherent and both firm and gentle at the same time. 

Some basic discipline must be acquired from the pup’s youngest age in order to stop bad habits from developing. In fact, even if he is generally good-natured, his character remains rather strong, and without a strict framework, this dog could rapidly gain the upper hand and do as he pleases.

Border Terrier: Purchase price

The price of a Border Terrier varies depending on its origins, age, and gender. You have to count an average of £720 for dogs registered at the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog of this size, you have to estimate an average of £20 per month.

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