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border  terrier

GENERAL APPEARANCE : He is a specifically working terrier dog. Effective and courageous hunter.

Personality:  Smart, alert and agile.

Energy Level : Moderately  active.  

Good with children:  Yes.


Good with other dogs:  With supervision.


Grooming:  Seasonal.


Life Expectancy : 12-15  years old.

Bark Level: Bark when needed.


The Border Terrier was developed in the Cheviot Hills area, on the border between England and Scotland, where its name comes from, which in Portuguese means "Border Terrier". Originally, it was used to hunt foxes, which were a pest to farmers in that region. His small size allowed him to enter the fox's dens and make them flee. But at the same time, it was big enough to follow hunters' horses and fight foxes when necessary.

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  It is a cheerful, active and courageous dog. His hunting skills make him have plenty of energy and stamina.



Skull: Has  average width.

Stop : Set.



Snout:  Short size strong.

Truffle: Black, but liver and meat are not qualifying faults.

Jaws and Teeth:  Scissor or pincer bite. Strong jaws.

Lips: Well developed.


Expression: Cheerful and lively.

Eyes: Dark, light colored eyes are totally undesirable.

Ears : Small in size and medium in length. They have a "V" shape.

NECK : Medium length.


Top Row: Level.

Back: Well developed.


Loin: Strong.


TAIL: Set high, medium length, moderately short. Very thick at first, tapering to the tip.  



FOREQUARTERS: Balanced bone with small size, not too heavy. Straight limbs.

Feet: Round; small, presence of thick pads.

HINDQUARTERS : Well suited, vigorous to  composition  of the copy.

Paws :  round; small, presence of thick pads.

  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Fluent movement.

  • COAT

Coat : Hard and dense, the undercoat is  thick.

  • COLOR: Brown, gray, wheat, red or blue and brown.


SIZE: Females - 33  at 37  cm/Males - 37  at 40  cm

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.

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