The Kennel Club





Border Terrier




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: September 2000

CLASSIFICATION

: Terrier

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: Essentially a working terrier.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

: Capable of following a horse, combining activity with gameness.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Active and game as previously stated.

HEAD

: Head like that of an otter moderately broad in skull, with short strong muzzle. Black nose preferable, liver- or flesh-coloured one not a serious fault.

FACIAL REGION

:

Muzzle

: Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite acceptable. Undershot or overshot a major fault and highly undesirable.

Eyes

: Dark with a keen expression.

Ears

: Small, V-shaped; of moderate thickness, and dropping forward close to the cheek.

NECK

: Of moderate length.

BODY

: Deep, narrow, fairly long. Ribs carried well back, but not oversprung, as a terrier should be capable of being spanned by both hands behind the shoulder. Loins strong.

TAIL

: Moderately short; fairly thick at base, then tapering. Set high, carried gaily, but not curled over back.

LIMBS

:

FOREQUARTERS

: Forelegs straight, not too heavy in bone.

FEET

: Small with thick pads.

HINDQUARTERS

: Racy.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Has the soundness to follow a horse.

COAT

:

HAIR

: Harsh and dense; with close undercoat. Skin must be thick.

COLOUR

: Red, wheaten, grizzle and tan, or blue and tan.

SIZE

: Weight: dogs: 6-7 kgs (13-151/2 lbs); bitches: 5-6.5 kgs (111/2 -14 lbs).

FAULTS

: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree, its effect on the terrier's ability to work, and the health and welfare of the dog.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.