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 owner's 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 1800s, 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 are 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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.