Dogs 101: Border Terriers (Starring Maisy the Border Terrier) – Animal Facts

Meet Maisy. Maisy is a Border Terrier. For most of her breed’s existence, the Border
Terrier has been unknown, and her people prefer that she stay that way if it means protecting
her from the ravages of popularity. She’s intelligent, loyal, fearless, loving,
and determined, and about as aggravating as any dog can be. The Border Terrier may well be one of the
oldest terriers in Great Britain, but for many of you, this may be the first you’ve
heard of her. Let’s get to know this spunky little pest. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
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below. 10. The Border Terrier originated in the Cheviot
Hills in Great Britain that form the border country between England and Scotland, a region
also inhabited by powerful Hill Foxes, a menace to farm stock. To keep these foxes in check, farmers and
shepherds needed a plucky terrier leggy enough to follow a horse but small enough to follow
a fox into dens and brush. The Border had to be strong and tireless with
a weather-resistant coat to withstand the mists and bone-soaking rains of the Cheviot
Hills. This small, hardy, working terrier could be
found in the homes of almost all border farmers, shepherds, and sportsmen. Often, she was used in conjunction with Border
Foxhounds. The Border Terrier was likely named for this
association with the Border Foxhounds. We publish every Monday and Friday, so hit
that notification icon to not miss a single fact. 9. Considering that she’s a terrier, the Border
is good-tempered, affectionate, obedient, and easily trained. She’s highly intelligent and quickly learns
the cues that signal you’re going outside for a walk or to the office, when it’s mealtime,
and what you like and don’t like her to chew. Excepts for socks maybe… someone hasn’t
quite figured out I’d like my socks intact. 8. One of the unique features of the Border Terrier
is her loose-fitting hide. Whereas the term “coat” refers to a dog’s
hair, “pelt” or “hide” refer to her skin, which should be thick and movable. In fact, the only terrier standard that calls
for a loose hide is the Border Terriers. This characteristic protects her from any
bites or scratches and allows her to wiggle in and out of tight underground tunnels. The only way to truly test the hide of a Border
Terrier is to grasp it gently over the back with both hands and lift it slightly. 7. Since the Border Terrier was bred to work
alongside Border Foxhounds, she is less dog-aggressive than some other terriers that hunted on their
own. The Border Terrier doesn’t have the fiery,
ready-to-go personality that some people look for in a Jack Russel Terrier, or Rat Terrier,
but this allows her to easily live calmly with other dogs. 6. As a breed, the Border Terrier has changed
very little over the years, aside from becoming more consistent in appearance. This is mostly due to the fact that she has
lived and bred in relative obscurity. She’s not as flashy as many of her Terrier
relatives. In fact, she could be easily mislabeled as
a little wiry mutt by the uninitiated, but she’s a purebred terrier with all the gusto
and wits of her more popular cousins. 5. With her family, she’s affectionate but
self-reliant. Thanks to her intelligence, good-tempered
nature, and willingness to work, the Border can adapt to life in any environment, city
or country, and is highly trainable. The Border Terrier loves kids and can match
their energy levels and play drive all day long, but she can be a little rambunctious
for households with small children. Expect your Border to be a part of your family
for 13 to 14 years. 4. The Border Terrier does not need to be bathed
often — only when she’s gotten into something gross and it’s really necessary. Her coat naturally repels dirt and, with weekly
brushing and a wipe-down with a damp cloth when needed, it should stay fairly clean. When you do bathe her, use a shampoo made
for the rough terrier coat to help maintain its texture. 3. She’s a truly low maintenance when it comes
to her hair and sheds little. The Border Terrier’s coat needs weekly brushing
and periodic stripping — removing the dead hair by hand or with a stripping tool — to
maintain its trademark rough texture. You can clipper the coat, but the texture
and color will become softer and lighter and the coat won’t be weather resistant. If you love the scruffy look, you can just
leave her coat as is, with no stripping or clipping, but the coat may shed more. 2. She should not be let off-leash, for there
is no terrier more determined to explore and pursue anything that runs except, perhaps,
for the Jack Russell. There’s a link to that video in the card. The Border Terrier is so inquisitive some
get themselves wedged into tight holes or crawlspaces trying to find out what’s in there. A secure yard or kennel run is essential for
this breed, she is a proven escape artist, an able jumper and proficient digger. Hey guys, we’ve been working on our Patreon
page and hope you’ll check it out at 1. Your Border Terrier is more willing to work
with you than many other terriers. Many excel at the highest levels of obedience
and agility competition. But the toughness that makes her suited to
ridding farms of vermin can frustrate you when she decides to be stubborn. She has a mind of her own and while she will
listen to the command, she’ll often choose on her own when to obey it. Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and
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  • Please do rat terrier or Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will come to my house and argue all night about who is better.

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  • I love the terrier breed. I have been the proud "puppy/doggo parent" to a Jack Russell, Rat Terrier, Mixed breed terrier, and now as of 1 month ago I received a Border Terrier for my one year wedding anniversary gift. They are very intelligent, loyal, cunning, and energetic. I am in love with my new companion; so much so I'm trying to figure out how I can bring her to work with me. I am looking forward to many years of companionship with my scruffy fur baby.

  • I believe that I have a border terrier but don't know for sure, she has all the characteristics of a border terrier. How can I find out for sure? She's about 2 to 3 years old. I can be reached at [email protected] oh and if she is a pure bred how can I get her registered?

  • We've had our rescue Olly for around nine years now. We thought she was just a mutt for a while, but we're pretty sure she's a border (though a scruffy one at that, since we don't have her stripped). At any rate, she's the sweetest little thing and loves to cuddle. I wouldn't know what I would do without her.

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