border terrier breed information
common health issues
One of the oldest terriers in Great Britain, the Border Terrier originated in the border country between England and Scotland, which helps explain the name! The ultimate farm dogs, Border Terriers were bred to protect their master’s stock. They also needed to be good hunters, as they were often left to fend for themselves for dinner on the farm.
A tough and dedicated worker on the farm, the Border Terrier is also good tempered and affectionate at home. Like most terrier breeds, the Border Terrier must be kept active, and mental stimulation is just as important as daily exercise. They learn well, excel at obedience and agility and their coats may be kept short or long, depending on your preference.
Although an active and hard-working breed, Border Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health - and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Border Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts, retinal dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy, as well as kidney disorders such as Fanconi syndrome.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Border Terrier has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of hunting for treats, you’re protected.