Border Terrier
His plain brown wrapper hides a cheerful, sensible dog
Height: 10 to 11 inches at shoulder
Weight: 11 to 15 pounds
Coat: short and wiry
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Breed Group: Terriers
This alert, good-natured dog was originally bred to assist in foxhunts, driving foxes out of their hiding places and out into the open for the hounds to chase. He still has a powerful drive to hunt and dig, as well as the energy level that enabled him to keep up with hunters on horseback. These traits can make him an aggravating pet for some owners; for others, Border Terriers are wonderful companions who play hard and love harder.
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General Characteristics
Apartment appropriate
Ease at being home alone
Friendly toward strangers
Heat tolerance
Tendency to bark or howl
Watchdog ability
Affectionate with family
Compatible with kids
Easy to groom
General health
Good for novice owners