If you want to have a small but sturdy pet dog, then Border terriers might be the one's for you. This pet is no delicate lapdog. A Border terrier is full of fun for the whole family. But you should do some research before getting one!
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Some Major Concerns with Border Terriers
Before getting a Border terrier dog, however, you might want to consider some of the major concerns regarding the breed. This will help you weigh the pros and cons and will let you make an informed decision that will be best for you and your family.
Here are some concerns regarding Border terriers:
When people talk about Border terriers, they all comment on the same behavior using different words. Some people say that their dogs are feisty. Some say that their dogs are stubborn. While others would prefer to use the word impulsive.
The point is, they all describe the same behavior. A terrier is inherently dynamic in its behavior. It is part of what makes a terrier, a terrier.
The temperament of Border terriers may be quite surprising, if not outright shocking for most people because of their size. For such a small dog, a Border terrier dog sure packs a lot of energy.
2. Border Terriers Can Be Aggressive
Border terriers are not really as aggressive as other breeds. However, its instincts as a terrier still urge it to run after anything smaller than them. This means that if you own a cat or even a pet rabbit, you cannot have a Border terrier as a pet.
This also means that you cannot trust a Border terrier off of its leash. If it even sees something running, it will take off, leaving you yelling uselessly. This, of course, can cause accidents to happen.
In order to make sure that your Border terrier dog does not get hit by a car, you need to keep them on a leash when outside.
3. Escape Artists
It is recommended by many experts that Border terriers should be kept in a fenced-in yard. This lets them have some roaming space while making sure that they are safely secure.
However, you should know that Border terriers are clever escape artists. Even if a Border terrier is within a closed in fenced area, you should try to keep an eye on them.
4. The Noise
Border terriers will bark at practically anything that catches their attention. Because of this, you need to properly train them to bark only when needed. You should also be quick to stop them if they are barking inappropriately.
For this reason, you should not get a Border terrier dog if you live with very close neighbors and if you work during the day.
An unsupervised Border terrier is sure to keep barking all day long. This, of course, may draw complaints from your neighbors.
5. Border Terriers Are Independent Thinkers
What people love about Border terriers is the fact that they can learn very quickly. This is because of their inherent curiosity and toughness. However, the same qualities that make them prize-winners can also make them very stubborn when they want to be.
You have to be consistent with your commands and show the Border terrier that you mean what you say. In doing so, you will be training the Border terrier dog properly.
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