Border Terriers typically weigh between 11 to 15 pounds and have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. They are intelligent, loyal, fearless, loving, and determined, and about as aggravating as any dog can be. Border Terriers are wonderful dogs who play hard and love harder. Considering that they are Terriers, Borders are pretty good-tempered, affectionate, obedient, and easily trained. They're highly intelligent and quickly learn the cues that signal you're going outside for a walk or to the office and when it’s mealtime.
Common Health Conditions
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease in Border Terriers that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- Certain breeds- including Border Terriers, have a predisposition to developing heart disease.
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Symptoms include chronic ear infections, bacterial infections of the skin, hair loss, lethargy, and depression. This condition is most commonly treated with medication and diet.