Are border terriers cuddly?
The Border Terrier is a small-size dog with a medium bone and classic Terrier appearance. This cuddly dog weighs 5–7 kilos and stands 28–36 centimetres at the withers. A Border Terrier puppy will become fully matured once he reaches 12 months old.
The Border Terrier dog is distinguished by his otter-like head, broad skull, and strong-looking, short, and dark muzzle. He has small and sparkling eyes that are keen and alert. The Border Terrier has a black nose and small V-shaped ears.
Are Border Terriers hypoallergenic?
The Border Terrier has a double coat that is hypoallergenic. The outercoat is coarse, wiry, and weather-resistant, whilst the undercoat is short, thick, and soft.
Acceptable Border Terrier colours according to the Kennel Club breed standards are red, wheaten, grizzle, and tan, or blue and tan.
Do Border Terriers shed?
The Border Terrier is a low shedder, but he may experience seasonal shedding twice a year. Although he does not shed as heavily as other dog breeds during shedding season, he still loses quite an amount of fur.
Brush your Border Terrier’s coat every week. In spring and autumn, which are the times that he sheds the most, brushing should be done every day. The Border rarely needs a bath unless it's necessary.
The Border Terrier's coat can either be stripped, clipped, or just leave it as it is. Note that which choice you make can affect managing your Border's shedding.
If you opt for hand stripping, this can greatly minimise loose or dead hairs from spreading throughout your home. You can use your hands, rake, or a stripping tool to carry out this task. Designate at least half an hour to strip your Border Terrier’s coat.
Clipping the Border Terrier’s coat can make brushing easier. However, the short length of the coat won't get rid of dead hair. Instead, it only makes more dead hair fall during brushing sessions.
Trimming your Border Terrier’s fur is not recommended. It can lower the quality of its texture and colour.
The Border Terrier’s grooming regimen also includes making sure that the paws are cleaned, the nails are trimmed once or twice a month, and the teeth are brushed at least twice or thrice a week to remove tartar build-up.
Also, check and clean your Border Terrier’s ears. Make sure that there are no signs of infection such as redness or inflammation.