The Border Terrier is a small terrier with a rough coat. They’re usually brown, with some darker markings, and don’t usually surpass 15lb. If you’re looking for a small dog, this might be the one for you!
These dogs are generally pretty good-natured. They love being around their family and bond well with their people, and are intelligent dogs. This makes them easy to train. As they’re on the smaller side, however, potty-training can take a while. They’ll be around six months old before they can fully hold their bladder. Time, patience, and positive reinforcement will be your best friends for this dog.
They’re also a generally healthy breed, which makes them another great choice. They do have some genetic issues, such as hip dysplasia, but they’re not super common. If you buy your dog from a breeder, make sure the parents are health-tested and this should solve any worries about genetic conditions.
Border Terrier – A High Energy Dog
One thing to watch with the Border Terrier is that they sometimes don’t get along with other animals. Take this into consideration when having them live with other dogs, and let them meet on neutral territory first, which should help the transition. Smaller animals can be generally difficult, and may be best avoided. At the very least, you should never leave your Terrier unsupervised with your small animal, as their hunting instinct is pretty strong.
Last but not least, despite their small size, don’t underestimate their energy level. These dogs can go all day and need frequent walks and outlets for that energy or they may become destructive and take it out on your home! They’ll also need mental stimulation and enrichment. One great way to achieve this that’s satisfying for both you and your dog is trick training. A wonderful dog that you will love owning.