A sturdy dog with roots as hard farm workers, Border Terriers aren't as high strung as other terrier breeds. Their individual personalities can vary from confident and outgoing, to shy and timid, but all Border Terriers are curious by nature and will want to be included in all family activities. Their playful nature makes them great dogs for families with children.
A secure yard or kennel run is essential for this breed, unless you adopt a more laid-back adult who has already proven himself to stay put and not try to escape.
Most Border Terriers who have been extensively socialized are bouncy and kissy with strangers, though there is timidity in some lines.
If you want a dog who...
- Is small, but sturdy and tough – not a delicate lapdog
- Has a natural appearance – unexaggerated and rather plain-looking
- Has a coat that's easier to groom than most other wirehaired terriers
- Doesn't shed too much
If you don't want to deal with...
- The dynamic terrier temperament (see full description below)
- Providing enough exercise and activities to keep them busy
- Very strong instincts to chase other living creatures that run
- Stubbornness (mind of his own)
Terriers are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them.
Border Terriers require clipping and trimming every few months.
I do not recommend terriers for homes with very young children. Many terriers will not tolerate any nonsense from little life forms whom they consider to be below themselves in importance.