Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Border Terrier puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Border Terrier

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Border Terrier the right breed for you?

Border Terriers: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Border Terrier Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Border Terrier?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No cats in the household
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Border Terrier stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, earthdog, musical freestyle); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Trimming/clipping – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Border Terriers are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Border Terrier to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior or aggression
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Border Terrier, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Border Terrier?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Border Terrier be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Border Terrier?

Border Terriers are middle-of-the-road in popularity in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Border Terriers rank 86th. It's harder to find a Border Terrier compared to, say, a Westie or a Scottie. But you won't have too much trouble.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Border Terriers are sometimes available from Dog Rescue groups. Border Terriers may be turned over to Rescue because of the dynamic traits that are common to all terrier types – scrappiness, bossiness, stubbornness, barking, chasing. You would need to provide thse dogs with the exercise and training that they are lacking.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Border Terriers are only occasionally found here. Border Terrier Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Border Terrier turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Border Terrier from a show breeder, who breeds Border Terriers to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. Or you can buy from a show/performance breeder whose dogs also have high trainability for performance sports like rally obedience and dog agility.

You might also be able to buy a Border Terrier from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Border Terrier puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or a report from a veterinary cardiologist – dated within the past year – certifying that the dog has had an Advanced Cardiac Exam and has a normal heart

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Border Terrier ends up with cataracts, bad joints, and heart disease.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Border Terriers are occasionally seen in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Border Terrier Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Border Terrier puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Border Terrier puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.