Border Terrier coat colors and patterns

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Are you thinking about getting a Border Terrier, but want to know more about the wide variety of coat colors and patterns they come in? Or do you already have one and are curious how so many different combinations of color can make up their unique coats?

Whatever your motivations for wanting to learn more, this blog post is here to shine some light on these small but mighty dogs. Let’s explore the confusion behind coat colors, as well as what makes each color and pattern special.

What are the coat colors of a Border Terrier?

Border Terriers come in a variety of coat colors and patterns, making them an incredibly diverse breed that appeals to many people. The predominant color for this breed is wheaten (red-brown), but other acceptable options include grizzle, blue and tan, red, and creamy white. Border Terriers with excessively light or dark coats may be disqualified from competitive show rings, although they are still held to the same high standards when it comes to temperament and health.

Each of these different colored coats has a distinctive appearance that can be highlighted with trimming or other grooming techniques. Regardless of the shade, all Border Terriers have a thick double coat that requires frequent maintenance and brushing.

What type of coats do Border Terriers have?

Border Terriers have a unique double coat that helps protect them from the cold and wet weather. Their rough, wiry outer coat consists of straight, harsh hairs that guard their inner coat which is composed of softer and shorter hairs. This design produces two-fold protection by repelling both wind and water while also providing insulating warmth.

Additional benefits come in the form of little to no shedding due to their low-maintenance nature and limited grooming needs. With so many advantages, it’s easy to understand why Border Terriers are popular in colder climates!

How do you tell what color a Border Terrier will be?

Purchasing a Border Terrier is a big decision and it’s important to make sure you know the traits of this breed when choosing the right pup. One of the most obvious characteristics that need to be taken into consideration is the coat color. Most Border Terriers come in shades of red, wheaten, grizzle, or tan and can have black and/or white markings.

It’s prudent to check with your breeder to see what colors they have available or whether they are planning on a litter in the near future. Another option is researching pedigree websites which often feature photos and listings of both upcoming litters as well as older puppies for sale, helping potential owners narrow down their options before making any commitments.

Can Border Terriers have white on them?

When it comes to Border Terriers, come in a range of colors including red, tan, black, or blue and white. While many people assume that they can only come in the traditional colors associated with this breed, interestingly enough some can also have white markings.

Since these markings are not common on this breed however, you will want to be careful not to purchase one that may end up looking more like another type of dog than a Border Terrier. As with any other type of dog, if you have questions about their coloration make sure to discuss them with your vet or breeder.

What markings do Border Terriers have?

Border Terriers have a unique and handsome look that stands out in comparison to other terrier breeds. Their coats are wiry and dense, with lots of strong coloration. Typically their fur is in shades of fawn, red, wheaten, grizzle, and tan but may also appear blue or tan and white.

These intelligent dogs have several distinct markings including a black-tipped muzzle, dark eyes with very distinct eyebrows, and dark ears which can sometimes appear slightly larger than those on other terrier breeds. The chest of a Border Terrier will often feature a distinctive cross on its lower half which adds an extra touch of character to these popular pooches.


The Border Terrier’s coat is one of its best features, with a range of color and pattern combinations that add to the breed’s unique appeal. Whether you prefer smooth or wiry hair, short or long fur, red or black coat, there’s sure to be a Border Terrier that meets your needs. Whichever style of fur you choose, be sure to provide your Border Terrier with regular grooming treatments to keep their coat looking stylish and healthy.

Additionally, if you want your Border Terrier to achieve its full potential, pay special attention to its nutritional needs by feeding it a balanced diet specifically made for its breed and size. With patience and dedication, your little companion will have the glossy and luxurious coat he deserves in no time!

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Tony K.

Tony K.

I got our Border 3 years ago "for my daughter" and this bundle of joy became a beloved member of our family, so I thought why not share the love!

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I got our Border 3 years ago “for my daughter” and this bundle of joy became a beloved member of our family, so I thought why not share the love!

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