Border Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 10in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 11-15lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection3/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount2/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Border Terrier Information

Border TerrierThe Border Terrier is a strong, no-nonsense little dog. One of the oldest terrier breeds in Great Britain, the Border Terrier is differentiated by his unique head shape, which some describe as an “otter head.” They also have slightly longer legs than others in this category. The breed is affectionate, happy and fun – all 11-15 pounds of him.

Border Terriers love to play outside and make great companions for children. They aren’t the easiest to train, so have patience. You can choose from a variety of fur colors, including blue and tan, grizzle, red, wheaten and more.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Border Terriers be apartment dogs?

Border Terriers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Border Terriers be left alone?

While Border Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Border Terriers good with kids?

Border Terriers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Border Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Border Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Border Terriers get along with other dogs?

Although Border Terriers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Border Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Border Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Border Terriers shed a lot?

The Border Terrier isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.

Do Border Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Although Border Terriers require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Border Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A Border Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Border Terriers easy to train?

Typically, Border Terriers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Border Terriers handle cold weather?

Border Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Border Terriers handle hot weather?

Although Border Terriers can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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