The Border Terrier gets his name because he comes from the border area between England and Scotland. There this alert and plucky dog was developed especially to catch the foxes that caused so much damage to farmers' chickens and other livestock.
The Border Terrier's soft, warm undercoat is protected from briars and brambles by a harsh and wiry outer coat. He was bred to have longer legs than most terriers. That's because he often needed to be able to keep up with horses in pursuit of the fox.
But this dog is also adaptable to city life, provided he gets plenty of exercise. He's most interested in being with his owner, and is a good-natured and loving companion who will be eager for your praise in obedience class.
The Border Terrier's coat should be brushed twice a week. His colors are red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: His body is always alert, showing a fearless determination; he is active and agile, affectionate and obedient.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Weight--males, 13 to 151/2 pounds; females,111/2 to 14 pounds.
The Border Terrier has a head shape that is unique among terriers. It is called an "otter" head because its shape is like that of the otter's--boxier than most terriers, with a shorter, sloping forehead, flatter face, and shorter muzzle.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.