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Border Terrier (Grizzle & Tan, Face)
Grizzle & Tan, Face

Breed Information


2022: #95

2021: #91

2020: #97

2019: #84

2018: #88

2017: #92

2016: #86

2015: #82

Name Border Terrier
Other names Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1930 & UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years



Even Tempered





Male: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)

Female: 11-14 inches (28-36 cm)


Males 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)

Female: 11-14 pounds (5-6 kg)


Blue & Tan

Grizzle & Tan



Litter Size 2-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $800 - $1500 USD

These dogs are not hard to find. The average price of a Border Terrier puppy is between $800 - $1,500. Prices all depend on the pedigree of the puppies, the amount of work the breeder has put into producing the litter, and where the breeder is located.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Border Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately inactive indoors and a small yard is sufficient.

Barking Tendencies

4 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

2 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

Border Terriers were bred to hunt and have great vitality and stamina. They need plenty of exercise, which includes a long daily walk.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: The Border Terrier's dense and wiry coat will require stripping 1-2 times per year to remove excess dead hair from the body. They will require weekly brushings and baths only when necessary.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: YesProne to Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (CECS), also known as "Spike's Disease." This is a recently recognized canine health problem and hereditary canine disease in Border Terriers. It can sometimes get confused with canine epilepsy. It is also being considered to be a metabolic, neurological or muscle disorder.


5 stars

Ranking: #30 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Border Terrier is a fairly quick learner and will excel in agility. However, the more you teach them, the more difficult it may become to teach new tricks. The Border Terrier is eager to please and will respond well to a loving but firm hand when training. It is necessary to exert yourself as a firm pack master from a young age to avoid Small Dog Syndrome.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Border Terrier Puppy (Blue & Tan, Face)
Blue & Tan, Face

Border Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Lucy
02 Cooper Molly
03 Bear Zoey
04 Henry Maggie
05 Jake Chloe
06 Cody Ellie
07 Louie Ruby
08 Dexter Kona
09 Sam Coco
10 Jax Nala
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Border Terrier is of medium bone, slightly taller than long. Its long legs impart the speed, agility and endurance necessary to follow a horse over all sorts of terrain, whereas its fairly narrow body allows it to squeeze through narrow passages in pursuit of a fox. Its gait displays good length of stride. Its coat consists of a short, dense undercoat covered by a very wiry, straight, somewhat broken outer coat, which should conform to the body. Its hide is very thick and loose fitting, affording protection from the bites of its quarry. The border is known for its distinctive otter head, and its alert expression matches its alert demeanor.

One of the few terriers bred to run with the pack, the border is one of the most amiable and tractable of the group. It is inquisitive, busy, friendly and biddable. It does like to hunt and can be independent, ingredients that make for a dog that may tend to roam if given the chance. It is generally good with other dogs and cats, but not with rodents. It is very good with children and makes a good companion for people of all ages. It digs, and some bark. Some are talented escape artists.


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 hopes it would make their prey drive even higher 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 recognized 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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