Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Border Terrier puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Border Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Border Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Border Terrier dog breed

Border Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Border Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Border Terriers:

The following orthopedic problems should be watched for:

  • Luxating patella (loose knees) is the one that occurs most often.
  • Hip dysplasia occurs, but the rate is low. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 1600 Border Terriers and found less than 4% dysplastic.
  • Elbow dysplasia is over 4% and can be a more serious disease, so it bears watching for. And remember that most of the obviously bad X-rays are not sent in for official evaluation, so the true rate is higher.
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease also occurs in Border Terriers.

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma) are very common in all terriers. Tumors (specifically, mast cell tumors) occur regularly in Border Terriers.

Eye diseases in Border Terriers include cataracts (appearing at 3-4 years old), lens luxation, and retinal dysplasia. Occasionally reported is progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) at 5-7 years old.

Serious diseases of increasing concern in Border Terriers are heart disease (septal defect and subaortic stenosis) and epilepsy.

A rare bone disease that can occur in Border Terriers is craniomandibular osteopathy.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Border Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Border Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Border Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Border Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Border Terrier puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Border Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Border Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Border Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Border Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Border Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Border Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Border Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Border Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Border Terrier. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Border Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Border Terrier.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.