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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.

Temperament
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.

Exercise
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.

General
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.

Comments

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

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