It was in the Cheviot Hills near the border of England and Scotland that the Border Terrier was first bred. The breed is possibly one of the oldest types of terriers in Great Britain. The farmers had problems with foxes killing their stock and the Border Terrier worked alongside them to drive the fox out of their dens and kill them. They were small enough to follow a fox into the ground but big enough to keep up with the horses. The dogs were often not fed by the farmers in the hope it would make their hunting instinct even stronger and they had to hunt to survive. Along with fox they hunted otters, marten, the fierce badger, mice and rats.
Today while the Border Terrier is mostly a companion dog, he can still serve as a fine farm dog, helping to control vermin. The Border Terrier was recognised by the British Kennel Club in 1920 and by the American Kennel Club in 1930. Some of the Border Terrier's talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdog, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.
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I got my first Border in 2003, I had bigger breeds in the past but we were looking for a dog that ws compact but still big enough to be a dog without being a wee pooch. The size dog made it easier to have two on our boat along with the cat when we go on holiday.
It appears that this breed may be been in NZ prior to 1947, when a very well-bred bitch (Bunty) was imported. Although there was no progeny from her, there was later from her line - Fearsome Fellow. And so the Border Terrier evolved in NZ.
They are an all-round type dog, they are busy - they are Terriers, they can be cuddly, a lap dog at times (Kenzy), independent (Tamalee), a working dog the hunter (Mac), the show and stud dog (Oak), the show girl (Cara), competitive in dog sports and are great fun to be with.
If you are looking to own a Border Terrier with these attributes puppies may be available at times, contact me to find out more.