The Border Terrier, or Border Terrier, is the result of the farmers’ purposeful struggle with foxes. It was bred in the 18th century, moreover, it had all the necessary qualities in order to effectively hunt these animals, which caused a lot of trouble to residents of the countryside.
This is not only about internal qualities, but also about the external structure of the body – a rather narrow body allows the dog to squeeze into burrows, thick skin and hard coat protects well from fox bites, and legs, slightly longer than proportional (with respect to the body), allow pets follow the horse.
In addition, they are hardy dogs that can hunt with their master all day. At least, that was the case in those days, although modern border terriers have all the same qualities, although perhaps to a lesser extent. Indeed, in the modern world, foxes no longer cause such trouble, and the breed itself has long been a companion rather than a hunter.
One of the earliest evidence is a 1754 painting by Arthur Wentworth about two border terriers. In England, in some areas, these dogs were highly valued, however, outside the country they were not known about them. However, it cannot be said that the breed was widely known in its own country. But the Border Terrier participated in agricultural exhibitions in Northumberland at the end of the 19th century, although in general dog breeders hardly noticed him until the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1920, he was recognized by the English club of dog breeders, then a breed club was created. Despite the fact that more than 250 years have passed since the creation of the breed, in fact, these dogs are still little known and not very popular in the world. They are best known in England and America, least in Europe, and in the CIS they are, for the most part, little known. However, this is a kind of protection for the purity of the breed. The first Border Terrier registered in the U.S. was a male nicknamed Netherbyers Ricky, in 1930.
The Border Terrier is a small dog with a strong physique and stiff coat. The chest is voluminous, the limbs are proportional, the muzzle with a small “mustache”, the ears are triangular, hanging. The tail is medium length. Color can be: red, wheat, “pepper and salt”, reddish-blue.
Border Terrier is, first of all, a very kind and affectionate dog. Yes, you heard right, despite the fact that he is a born hunter who does not know mercy for his prey, he is unusually kind with his people and is always ready to help the owner. Moreover, no matter what – even if you are just in a bad mood, the dog will try to be there, just so that you feel support.
But, first of all, it is a dog with an active and cheerful temperament, who loves funny tricks, loves to explore the world around him. She is interested in everything – smells under the bushes, small animals, other dogs and people, sounds and new places. If you live in a private sector, your pet will probably try to run away several times in order to immerse yourself in the exploration of the surrounding world, because it is so exciting.
If you live in a city apartment, and just walk your dog in the park, you are also not immune from such a trick. Of course, proper upbringing and obedience training is necessary here. In addition, it is a terrier, which means he likes to dig the ground, especially since this terrier was specially designed to penetrate fox holes.
Residents of private homes can say goodbye to their pristine, ideal lawn, and the same ideal beds with tomatoes. On the other hand, this can be combated – for example, to give the dog a separate place for digging holes, although success will not come immediately.
The Border Terrier is very friendly – and there are almost no exceptions. He is friendly with other dogs, he is friendly with your friends and just strangers on the street, he is simply kind by nature, the only thing that can set him in a different way is the performance of watchdog functions.
But, you must understand that the dog most likely will not violently attack a person who has entered the territory of your private house without demand. However, this is a very vigilant dog that has a wonderful hearing and always warns about the approach of strangers. For children, this is a great friend and companion, he is very patient (although there are still boundaries), is smart and loves to play.
By the way, the Border Terrier has a tendency to chew and gnaw everything around, starting with your shoes and ending with the legs of a wooden table, therefore, you must teach him to chew toys from an early age. It has a high level of energy, needs daily walks, exercises and high activity for at least half an hour, and preferably an hour. With cats get along well, if you start at an early age. In the private sector they can catch rats and moles, and do it mercilessly.
These dogs are not suitable for everyone, because of their love for various activities, games and in general – their cheerful character.