Border Terrier

General Appearance Essentially a working terrier.
Characteristics Capable of following a horse, combining activity with gameness.
Temperament Active and game as previously stated.
Head and Skull 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.
Eyes Dark with a keen expression.
Ears Small, V-shaped; of moderate thickness, and dropping forward close to the cheek.
Mouth 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.
Neck Of moderate length.
Forequarters Forelegs straight, not too heavy in bone.
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.
Hindquarters Racy.
Feet Small with thick pads.
Tail Moderately short; fairly thick at base, then tapering. Set high, carried gaily, but not curled over back.
Gait/Movement Has the soundness to follow a horse.
Coat 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.
Notes Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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