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Border Terrier breed profile

Training and intelligence
Firm and patient training will pay off. Border Terriers are intelligent and trainable, although they have a strong instinct to chase, so a reliable recall will take time and practice to achieve.

Border Terriers are one of the easier going terriers. They bond with their family well, especially children. This breed is playful and affectionate and like to involved with family acctivities.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Aggression is not a problem, they love people, especially children, and get on well with other dogs. Border Terriers are friendly, although puppies may go through a shy phase, and socialisation is a must to help them through this.

Grooming and shedding
Border Terriers don't shed much. The more often they are stripped - which can be done at home or by a professional groomer - the shorter the coat will be. Less often attention will result in a longer coat, although grooming should start from about six months of age, and will probably have to be at least twice yearly.

Border Terriers have lots of energy, and so need lots of energy. To keep them really happy they need activities which occupy both body and mind.

Need for company
Border Terriers like the company of their loved ones. If you leave them alone too long their active minds will finds plenty of ways to occupy them, but probably not ones you would have chosen.

Border Terriers are very active busy puppies, although they do relax as they mature. As with many terriers they relish digging, and secure fencing is vital.


You probably don't want to hear this, but I'd forget "teaching" him to be a watch dog and be thankful you have such a friendly dog. A dog is not - and should not be - a biological burglar alarm. If you try and "teach" him to be a watch dog you may well spoil his friendly approach. Get a burglar alarm and enjoy your dog for what he is - a wonderful companion.
Julie x


220 - Keeping dogs safe from theft, loss and heat stroke

We all want to keep our dogs as safe, happy and healthy as possible - but there are so many dangers out there. Debbie Matthews founded Vets Get Scanning after her dogs were stolen, and has spent the last 14 years campaigning to increase the chance of missing and lost dogs of being reunited with their owners. You can help make our dogs safer. Dr Michael Becker is a critical care veterinarian who has everything you need to know about heatstroke in dogs. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.