Aurclan Border Terriers
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About Border Terriers

A bit about me

I am a life long dog lover.  I was raised with hunting dogs, primarily German Shorthairs & Weimaraner’s as well as Dachshunds.  For a short while, I owned and raised Mastiffs. 

           My first dog...Duke                                                              Duke and I as "littleins"

         My boys and Winston

I have loved and owned Border Terriers since the year 2000 and am a member in good standing with the Border Terrier Club of America.  I am an active club member and have served in officer positions with my regional breed club.  In the past, I was the editor of the Border Terrier Club of America quarterly publication.  

I participate in confirmation (showing) my dogs, but my real love are the performance sports, such as earthdog, agility, rally and obedience.  I have also titled borders in field hunting and obtained therapy qualifications.


About Border Terriers

Border Terriers are traced back to the border country between England and Scotland, around the Cheviot Hills area.  They may be one of the oldest terrier breeds around.

          engraving:  George Raphael-Ward

They were bred not only for protecting stock but also for use in the foxhunts.  Hunters wanted a dog that could follow the horse and hounds, yet be small enough to “go to ground”, and hold a fox at bay in the den. 

  Artist:  Vernon Stokes                                                     Gentleman out Hunting,  Frances Calcraft Turner 1795-1865

Border Terriers are compactly built hunters, full of stamina and game. They were bred to work in packs so they typically get along well with other dogs.


Alert, active, agile and curious describe the Border Terrier.  They can squeeze through narrow holes and make their way over and through most any terrain. They are persistent and gamey which make them an excellent working terrier on farms.  However, care must be taken when introducing them to cats and other small animals in your household, which might be considered prey to the older Border Terrier.

Borders are known for their distinctive otter-like head.
   "Pearl" is Maddie's mom.                                                                            Royalty Free:  Dreamtime
   She has the most beautiful border head I have ever seen.

They are a medium-sized dog with a wiry double coat, commonly found in shades of red-grizzle, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or less commonly in wheaten.  Their outer coat is coarse and repels water, and the undercoat is soft.   For a typical pet, b
rushing weekly and periodic stripping of the wiry outer coat are the main components of grooming a Border.  Nails should be done regularly along with trimming around the feet and brushing teeth.


The average weight for an adult Border Terrier is approximately 12-18 pounds and height of 12-14” at the shoulders.  These dogs are easy going, well adjusted, and a good all-around family pet.   They are at home both in the country and in a city and good with children over the age of 3 years. 


                     reprint permission:  Andrea Veth                                          Reprint permission:  Andrea Veth

Borders are good tempered, affectionate and are great companions who love to be around their humans.  They are quick to learn, but must be well exercised, or can get into trouble out of boredom. Borders can also be stubborn.  They are particularly food motivated, which makes training easy.


A secure fenced yard is a must when owning a Border Terrier.  They can be tenacious diggers and quickly dig under a fence to get out.  Their bodies are flexible enough to squeeze through slats as small as 3"- 4” apart.


(5 month old Border Terrier squeezing through 2 3/4" slats quickly & with ease.) 

You will need to keep your Border Terrier on a leash at all times, when outside the bounds of his own back yard.  Borders are easily distracted by birds, squirrels and the like, so unless you have invested the time training a reliable recall, you should always keep your Border on a leash when out and about. 


Border Terriers are a rare breed.  It isn’t unusual for a buyer to place a deposit on an upcoming litter and wait up to 6 months before getting their puppy.  My advice is that you find your reputable breeder from the list of breeders on the Border Terrier Club of America website.  These breeders are committed to the principles outlined in the clubs ethical standard. 


Is a Border Terrier the right dog for you?

Please refer to the educational information found on the Border Terrier Club of America website.  In summary, Borders….  

  • want most to be around their humans
  • will bark if left alone or become bored
  • are not reliable off leash and have no safety sense around busy streets & cars
  • were bred to hunt and their gaminess can increases with age
  • are easily distracted by perceived prey
  • do not respond to harsh treatment and/or severe punishment
  • are active and not always obedient
  • need regular exercise
  • will bark when someone comes to the door
  • may jump up on/at you and your guests with an exuberant greeting
  • can chew & rip apart stuffed toys, scatter rugs and prized possessions
  • Can dig holes in your yard and under the fence if bored
  • get along with other dogs, but not necessarily other small furry pets
  • will not thrive if not included as part of your family life
  • are always thinking

                               Daisy & Annie keep the horse barn clear of mice every morning

Border Terrier Breed Standard


General Appearance

active of medium bone, narrow in shoulder, body and quarter, broken though close-fitting and intensely wiry jacket. Characteristic "otter" head with its keen eye capable of squeezing through narrow apertures and rapidly traversing any kind of terrain.

Size, Proportion, Substance

Weight Dogs, 13-15½ pounds, bitches, 11½-14 pounds, are appropriate weights for Border Terriers in hard, working condition. The proportions should be that the height at the withers is slightly greater than the distance from the withers to the tail,

medium bone, strongly put together, suggesting endurance and agility, but rather narrow in shoulder, body and quarter.


Similar to that of an otter. Ears small, V-shaped and of moderate thickness, dark preferred. Not set high on the head but somewhat on the side, and dropping forward close to the cheeks. A few short whiskers are natural to the breed. Nose black, and of a good size. Teeth strong, with a scissors bite, large in proportion to size of dog.

Neck, Topline, Body

Neck clean, muscular and only long enough to give a well-balanced appearance. It should gradually widen into the shoulder. The body should be capable of being spanned by a man's hands behind the shoulders. The underline fairly straight. Tail moderately short, thick at the base, then tapering.


A short and dense undercoat covered with a very wiry and somewhat broken topcoat which should lie closely.  A Border should be able to be exhibited almost in his natural state, nothing more in the way of trimming being needed than a tidying up of the head, neck and feet. Hide very thick and loose fitting.


Red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten. A small amount of white may be allowed on the chest but white on the feet should be penalized. A dark muzzle is characteristic and desirable.


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.


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