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He is an active terrier of medium bone, strongly put together, suggesting endurance and agility, but rather narrow in shoulder, body and quarter. The body is covered with a somewhat broken though close-fitting and intensely wiry jacket. The characteristic "otter" head with its keen eye, combined with a body poise which is "at the alert," gives a look of fearless and implacable determination characteristic of the breed. Since the Border Terrier is a working terrier of a size to go to ground and able, within reason, to follow a horse, his conformation should be such that he be ideally built to do his job.
Red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten. A dark muzzle is a characteristic
His temperament ideally exemplifies that of a terrier. By nature he is good-tempered, affectionate, obedient, and easily trained. In the field he is hard as nails, "game as they come" and driving in attack.
The Border Terrier originated in the area near the border of Scotland and England. Their purpose was originally to hunt fox, rodent, otters and badgers. The Border TerrierÆs history dates back to the 1800s, though not much else is known of their origins.