Border Terrier is one of the oldest and smallest of the working terrier breeds originated in Great Britain. They are  known for their scruffy face and beard. These dogs are very active , agile and sturdy little dogs.

Border Terrier thrives in human companionship and does well with children. Border Terriers are friendly even to strangers but will sound an alarm when something new or unfamiliar appears in their home territory.

Border Terriers are 11-16 inches in height and weigh between 11-16pounds with males being taller and heavier than females. One of the unique characteristic is their dense coat which is resistant to weather of all types.Border Terriers love to dig.

What kind of Temeprament do Border Terriers have?

Border Terriers are pretty good tempered , affectionate, obedient, and easy to train. They are highly intelligent and quickly learn the cues that signal you are going outside for a walk, when it is meal time and what you  like and don’t like.

Border Terriers are not so affectionate with other small animals. When it comes to going after prey, they are fearless and relentless. They need early socialization. They need to be exposed to many different people, sights, sounds and experiences when they are young. Socialization helps ensure that your puppy grows up to be well rounded dog.

The individual personalities can vary from confident and outgoing, to shy and timid. All Border Terriers are curious and will want to be included in all family activities. The playful nature makes them great dogs for families with children.

Border terrier temperament and having fun

Personality traits of Border Terriers dogs

Before you add a Border Terrier to your family, it is important to be aware of the major concerns associated with the Border Terrier personality and traits. Some of the Traits are given below:

Loving, playful and obedient

Border Terriersa are loving, playful and obedient. These dogs are eager to please their leaders which makes training them easy and enjoyable. The love of people along with other positive temperament makes them perfect companion dogs.

Independent and stubborn

Border Terrier will explore on his own and without fear in an effort to learn new things. They can easily adapt to different situations and environment quite easily. However his independence can lead to stubbornness.

The escape artist

Border Terriers are naturally clever escape artists. If you don’t have enough space in your yard for a fence then the Border Terrier is not right for you.


The definite trait of Border Terrier is his desire to make noise. Yes, he is one of those dogs who bark at everything that draws the attention.


If another dog attacks or scares your dog , he is likely to become aggressive. Border Terriers are aggressive and won’t always look the other way if threatened.

Are they child friendly?

Yes, Border Terriers are child-friendly as they love kids and can match their energy levels all day long but are rambunctious with children under the age of 6 years.

Teach children how to behave with Border Terriers and how to approach them and also supervise all interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear pulling from either party.

Border Terriers get along with other dogs and cats, if they are introduced to them in puppyhood. They do best with dogs of opposite sex. They are likely to chase outdoor cats and squirrels.

temperament of Border Terrier dog
Border Terrier puppy with a kid.

How it feels to live with Border Terriers?

The temperament and personality of Border Terriers make them good family dogs. They are family dogs and should live indoors with their people not tied out in the backyard. Just make sure the fence is high and secure because these dogs are expert escape artists.

Border Terriers enjoy a half hour of exercise daily. Without proper exercise, Border Terriers are prone to weight gain and boredom. Boredom can cause destructive behavior and lots of barking.

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border terrier with owner
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The Border Terrier can make you laugh and cry and laugh some more. He does training with an independent spirit , but he wants to please . If you praise him for a job done well, he will quickly learn anything you can teach. He can be a handful.

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