The Border Terrier is a small, rough-coated breed of dog of the terrier group. Originally bred as fox and vermin hunters, Border Terriers share ancestry with Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Patterdale terriers and Bedlington Terriers.
Links to Breed Descriptions
AKC Video Link
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Sweden: BORDERTERRIER Rasstandard med kommentare
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Border Terrier Club
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Showsight article: Border Terrier: https://digital.showsightmagazine.com/view/388262/
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: Koiranet - Border Terrier: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?Lang=en&R=10
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Breed Club Health information
SKK: BPH: 200-ANALYS BORDERTERRIER
Health Survey 2020|BTS hälsoenkät 2020
Finland: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2022 -2026 BORDERTERRIERI: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=10&T=2
UK- Annual Health Reports: Border Terrier Health Annual Breed Health Reports
UK-KC (March 2022): See the Important health schemes and tests section
We strongly recommend that all breeders, both assured breeders (ABs) and non ABs, use the following schemes, tests and advice.
UK, Northern Border Terrier Club, Border Terrier Health – News and Updates
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
BorderTerrier.org.uk - manages a database of over 86000 dogs
☆ Border Terrier Health UK ☆
Extensive Health information!
O’Neill, D.G., Darwent, E.C., Church, D.B. et al. Border Terriers under primary veterinary care in England: demography and disorders. Canine Genet Epidemiol 4, 15 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40575-017-0055-3
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: Border Terrier Canada
UK: Border Terrier Club
USA: Border Terrier Club of America
Netherlands: Nederlandse Border Terrier Club
Finland: Borderterrierikerho ry