These courageous dogs usually live up 14 years, but with good care and attention and a sound diet Border Terriers can live up to 16 years of age.
Average size and weight
This animal is usually up to 6.4kg for the female and 30cm tall, while the male is 7kg and grows to 37cm tall.
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
There is nothing small about the Border Terrier except its physical size – it is essentially a big dog in a little dog’s frame. By nature these dogs are well behaved and reasonably prepared to do the right thing. However, they do not have the instant response to command like a gun dog or Border Collie, preferring to do things in their own time!
Athough Border Terriers will rarely start a fight, they will not back off in a confrontation.
They are sensitive and companionable by nature but not overly demonstrative, liking to keep near their owner or at least keep a close eye on what is going on. Most Border Terriers are good with children, but, as with all dogs, children must be taught to respect their pet, particularly when it is sleeping or eating.
Compatibility with other pets
Border Terriers are generally good with other breeds of dog, but need to be brought up with cats and other pets.
Border Terriers have a rough double coat that needs to be stripped free of dead hair about twice a year. Most pet owners can easily do this. Brushing with a good stiff brush is recommended, along with bathing as required.