The Border Terrier is a lively and determined hunter that will happily maneuver the trickiest of thickets and widest of meadows in pursuit of their quarry, be it fox or hare. They originated in the border country between Scotland and England and are possibly one of the oldest terrier breeds in Great Britain. A working farm terrier by design, they were expected to protect their owners stock and their long legs and small size allowed them to keep up with a horse but also follow vermin into their dens. Being a skilled hunter was important to a Border Terrier on a farm in the 1800’s, as they were expected to find their own food. Border Terriers, while feisty in the field, adapt well to life as a household companion as long as their active minds are kept engaged and their exercise needs met. Obedience, agility, and Earthdog trials are all terrific ways to keep these intelligent, active dogs entertained. Their weather resistant coats benefit from occasional brushing and should be stripped twice a year.