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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Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed 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
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
Finland: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2017 -2021 BORDERTERRIERI: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=10&T=2
Breed Health Surveys:
The Border Terrier Club Annual Breed Health Reports
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
HGTD - Border Terrier
UK-KC (January 2020)
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.
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
BorderTerrier.org.uk - manages a database of over 86000 dogs
☆ Border Terrier Health UK ☆
Extensive Health information!
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