While he is as hard as nails in the field, the Border Terrier is good tempered and affectionate in the home.
He learns quickly and responds well to obedience training, but must be kept engaged and well-exercised, as he's an active dog. The Border Terrier's weather resistant coat requires occasional brushing and hand stripping approximately twice per year.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Border Terrier is a small breed and has a lifespan of 14 to 16 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Most of the grooming that requires scissors or stripping is just to tidy up their appearance as they are a natural appearing breed. A professional groomer can help owners who wish to have their dog’s coats stripped by others. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Border Terriers are described as “hard as nails” when working, but at home they’re good-tempered, affectionate, and trainable. And, yes, they’re awfully cute. Border Terriers love exploring outdoors and make fine childhood playmates. Bred to be country dogs, Border Terriers adapt well to city life—as long as they get plenty of exercise. Border Terriers were created to work alongside hounds, so they tend to get along with other dogs—but their hunting instincts can be aroused when cats or squirrels cross their path.
Border Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Border Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Border Terriers can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.