Border Terriers


Active and loving, these pups get along with everyone from strangers to other animals. Find out if this breed is the right fit for you.

Hailing from northeast England, the Border Terrier breed was made to hunt the foxes that plagued English farmlands. Their high energy levels make them excellent playmates for other dogs and children, and they’re affectionate with everyone they meet.

Borders come with a quirky set of antics, though, and they aren’t always the best fit for first-time dog owners. But if you can give them plenty of space and attention to exercise and play hard, they’ll love you even harder! 

Why We Love the Border Terrier Breed

  • Border Terrier dogs are highly intelligent and loving — the urge to please their owners makes them fairly easy to train!
  • Borders do well with other dogs and family cats, so they’re a great addition to any household!
  • The small but mighty pups are highly active, and they love to go for walks and play with you in the yard.

Things to Consider

  • Border Terriers are natural escape artists! They’ve been known to dig under, and even climb over, some fences, so a secure yard is a necessity.  
  • Due to their energy levels, these dogs are very bouncy! They love jumping up to greet guests, so if you’re looking for more personal space, this might not be the pup for you.
  • Borders have a tendency to chew, and while many grow out of this in their older age, you’ll need to give them plenty of toys to occupy their time!

Why Rescue?

Because of their small size, loving personality and whip-smart intelligence, Border Terriers are a target for irresponsible breeding. Unfortunately, bad breeding practices tend to cause a number of health issues to appear in these pint-sized pups, including seizures, hypothyroidism (leading to weight gain) and patellar luxation (which causes lameness and leg problems).

Before shopping around for a sweet Border at a breeder, check out a local shelter or rescue for a pup in need!

Border Terrier Rescues

Whether you’re hoping for a snuggly Border Terrier puppy or a bouncing Border adult, there are plenty of these sweet dogs waiting to find a forever home! Here are just a few:

Type
Terrier
Temperament
Plucky, happy & affectionate
Avg. Weight
11 - 15 lbs
Grooming
Occasional brushing required
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Border Terriers near 20149
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Animal Rescues near 20149
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Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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