Border Terrier Breed Origins and Caracteristics

This breed was born in the border region between Scotland and England. No doubt it is very ancient but we do not know anything about its origins. The border terrier was and it is nowadays a breed used from ancient times for hunting foxes and other predators in difficult access places. Its robust skin and rough and hard hair with a thick internal layer protects it from getting injuries. Besides, it is resistant and able to catch up a running horse. It usually runs with packs of foxhounds and searches for foxes with the terriers. The breed was not recognized officially until 1920 but it never had great popularity and it is rarely seen in exhibitions outside Great Britain.

In the mountain (glens) valleys of the Irish county of Wickflow glen of imaal terrier was born, it is a dog particularly adapted to the difficult conditions of fox and badger hunting.

This breed is not usually seen in the exhibitions. According to many experts it is identical to the soft-coated wheaten terrier, but the glen of imaal terrier is in fact smaller and its hair is less dense and a little bit harder. These two breeds are very loyal to their owners, they are brave and aggressive. The border terrier is quieter and it gets along better with children better but none of these breeds is appropriate to live in an apartment.

Border Terrier: Size: 25-30 cm. Weight: 5-7 kg. Colors: red (1) or wheaten, gray, blue or chestnut (tan). The hair is dense, hard with a thicker lower layer. The head is different from the other terriers. It looks like a wild boar head. The tail is not cut short.

Glen of imaal terrier. The size should not exceed 3.5 cm. Weight: 8 kg approximately. Colors: wheaten (2), blue or blue and tan. The hair is dense and soft and it is normally curly. When new-born, puppies can be wheaten but normally later they become reddish or gray. They have a dark mask, generally, black and many times it has a black strip.

The attributes disappear progressively as they get older. The tail is located relatively high and it is cut only at a third of its length.

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