Different breeds of dogs.
by Dennis Fisher.
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This breed owes it’s name to the fact that it originated in the border country of northern England. It is probably the one of the oldest breed of the many different strains of terriers.
An interesting fact about the Border Terrier is that it was sometimes called the “Gypsy Dog” because it often accompanied Gypsy bands as they roamed around the country.
Like most terriers, it is a very lively, intelligent little dog, not more than 15 pounds in weight. Colors vary from tan to golden brown and the coat is strong and wiry.
Originally bred for hunting small game, it has a very keen sense of smell and very good eyesight.
Although it is not considered a guard dog, being by nature a very friendly lovable, it is nevertheless a very alert animal, without being particularly noisy and barking a great deal unnecessarily.
It is a dog that can easily be trained, but with it’s sensitive nature one must be sure that training should reflect patience, not harshness.
Border terriers are particularly sensitive to loud voices and in training there is no necessity to shout commands. They should always be given a quiet, but firm tone.
Border Terriers are, for the most part, very healthy dogs and can live to fourteen years and even longer.