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Border Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Border Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland Scotland
Other Names
What other names does the Border Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Border Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Border Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Border Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubBorder Terrier Club Of America, Inc.Club Espanol De Terriers
Price
How much does the Border Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Border Terrier price:
$1200-$1400
If you choose to purchase the Border Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Border Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Border Terrier gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Border Terrier size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Border Terrier weigh? Border Terrier weight:
Males 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg), Female: 11-14 pounds (5-6 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Border Terrier? Border Terrier average weight:
Males 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Border Terrier? Border Terrier height:
Male: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm), Female: 11-14 inches (28-36 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Border Terrier average height:
Male: 14.5 inches (37 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Border Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Border Terrier's coat?
Blue TanRedGrizzle Wheaten
Grooming
How to groom the Border Terrier and how often?
Average: The Border Terrier requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Border Terrier, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Border Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Russian Bear Schnauzer? Border Terrier shedding level:
Border Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Border Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Border Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateOutrightTemperedIntelligentAlertFearlessObedient
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Border Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Border Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Border Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Border Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Border Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Border Terrier sensitivity:
Border Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Border Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Russian Bear Schnauzer need? Border Terrier social needs:
Border Terriers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Border Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Munich Schnauzer bark?
Average to high: The Border Terrier is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Border Terrier good as a watchdog?
Border Terriers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Border Terriers will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Border Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Border Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Border Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Border Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Border Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Russian Bear Schnauzer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Border Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Border Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Border Terrier do?
Border Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Border Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Border Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Border Terrier roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Border Terrier is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Border Terrier have high prey drive?
Border Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Border Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Border Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Border Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Border Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Border Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Border Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Border Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Border Terrier and children:
Border Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Border Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Border Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Border Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Border Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Border Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Border Terrier is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Border Terriers good office dogs? Do Border Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Border Terriers be office dogs?
No
Border Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Border Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Russian Bear Schnauzer temperament with senior people? Are Border Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Border Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Border Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Border Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Border Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Border Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Border Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Border Terrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Border Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Border Terrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Border Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Border Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Border Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Border Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Border Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Border Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Border Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Border Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Border Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Border Terrier dogs have health problems?
The Border Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Border Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Border Terrier breed? Health risks of Border Terrier:
CryptorchidismHeart MurmursHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismMalocclusionsPatellar LuxationPulmonic StenosisSeizures
Life Expectancy
How long do Border Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Border Terrier be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Border Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Border Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Border Terrier have?
Border Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Border Terrier dogs require per day?
Border Terriers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Border Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Border Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Border Terrier risk for obesity:
High: The Border Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Border Terrier more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Border Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Border Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Border Terrier drool?
The Border Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Border Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Border Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Border Terrier pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Border Terrier pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Border Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Border Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Border Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Border Terrier

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Border Terrier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Border Terriers are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Border Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Border Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Border Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Border Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Border Terriers are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Border Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Border Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Border Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Border Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Border Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Mouthiness: Border Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Border Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Border Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Border Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Border Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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