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Border Terrier insurance and breed information

The small dog with a big dog-attitude, Border Terriers will keep you on your toes.

Border Terrier standing in the grass.Border Terrier standing in the grass.Border Terrier standing in the grass.

At a glance

Up to 1 hour of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 12+ years

Small, between 5kg and 8kg

Affectionate, clever, determined

Silhouette of a Border Terrier dog showing they can be between 30 and 38cm tall

Up to 1 hour of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 12+ years

Small, between 5kg and 8kg

Affectionate, clever, determined

Silhouette of a Border Terrier dog showing they can be between 30 and 38cm tall

Border Terrier – your sociable and adaptable companion

Originally bred as fox hunters, the Border Terrier is instinctively alert and energetic. However, they’re keen family dogs and love to be loved. Good with children, they’ll fit in well with households containing kids of all ages. They usually like being the only four-legged friend in the house. Their hunting instincts don’t always mix well with cats or other small pets.

Buying or rehoming a Border Terrier

The day you bring your Border Terrier home is life-changing, for you and your new dog. Whether you’re adopting a rescue, or getting a puppy from a reputable breeder, you need to prepare. This will make the transition easier for both of you. Consider the following:

  • Make an exercise plan and get some toys, Border Terriers are often high-energy dogs
  • Learn how to groom them and get a good dog brush. Despite having short hair, Border Terriers do shed
  • Make sure your garden is secure. Check fences and bushes for holes and escape routes
  • Buy the basics. You will need a collar, ID tag, lead and bowls. You’ll also want a nice snuggly bed
  • Speak to everyone at home and come up with some ground rules. This is especially important when it comes to young children
  • Make sure there is a safe environment for your dog. This is very important for the times you can’t watch them
  • Decide on the best diet for your dog and buy some food
  • Look at your pet insurance options to find a plan that suits your needs. Like all dogs, Border Terriers can get ill from time to time. They can also get up to all sorts of mischief

Fun fact

Border Terriers have a double coat, with the outer wiry coat being weather-resistant.

Top 5 health conditions in Border Terriers

We’ve put together the most common claimed for conditions for Border Terriers. Data is based on MORE THAN pet insurance customer claims.

Condition
Number of claims
Average paid out
37
£1,884.72
29
£651.03
29
£1,203.47
25
£909.83
25
£933.14
Condition
Number of claims
37
Average paid out
£1,884.72
Condition
29
Average paid out
£651.03
Condition
29
Average paid out
£1,203.47
Condition
25
Average paid out
£909.83
Condition
25
Average paid out
£933.14
Based on MORE THAN data 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Average cost paid out includes excess.

Common health issues and problems in Border Terriers

Border Terriers are overall considered a healthy breed. Their usual lifespan is over 12 years.

Some health conditions in Border Terriers can be down to their genetic history. Others may be down to shared traits within the breed.

Click on the hotspots to find out more about the Border Terriers most common health issues. Information provided by our in-house vet team (October 2022).

Border Terrier illustration
Patellar Luxation
CECS
Skin and ear allergies
Diabetes
Luke Mallion, our in house vet, seated.
A green Quote, speech mark.
"Border Terriers were originally bred to hunt and flush out foxes, which gives them a natural instinct to chase animals. When out on walks, keep them close and be sure to teach them good recall, otherwise you could find that they’ll chase after a squirrel or cat!"
Luke Mangion, MORE THAN Vet

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Border terrier in meadow
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Border Terrier standing on decking
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Border Terrier standing on decking
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