What to Expect From a 2-Year-Old Border Terrier (And How to Raise Him)

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Border Terriers are typically little dogs with a shoulder height of slightly more than 12 inches. He often has a short, wiry, multicolored coat and a powerful, elegant physique. His distinctive head shape gives him an otter-like look. 

The fur is weatherproof and dirt-repellent, staying fairly clean with minimal grooming. Border Terriers are diligent workers that appreciate spending time with their families and will often remain near while you’re at home.

What to Expect in a 2-Year-Old Border Terrier

Your Border Terrier will attain mature height between 9 and 12 months. However, they often don’t achieve their adult weight until a little later. Like many other dog breeds, Border Terriers require longer to develop cognitively and are not considered mature until they are two years old.

The typical response to the question of when a Border Terrier slows down is also about two years when they begin to develop completely.

Keep reading to find out more about border terriers.

1. Eating Diet Requirements

Border Terriers are highly active dogs, so they must consume a high-protein diet. The majority of products that include turkey, chicken, or other genuine meat as the first component should function well. Meat byproducts, chemical preservatives, and artificial colors are avoided. 

Some products also include omega fatty acids, which may help build a glossy coat and prevent inflammation. Probiotics may help maintain a healthy digestive system, reduce the occurrence of diarrhea and constipation, and strengthen the immune system.


It is strongly suggested you adhere to the portion restrictions indicated on your dog’s food to prevent the danger of your dog getting overweight.

2. Training

Your Border Terrier may be tough to teach due to their stubbornness and tendency to lose concentration when they sense an outsider in the yard. It is suggested scheduling training sessions at around the same time each night to establish a pattern for your dog. Beginning at an early age can help your dog become accustomed to learning, and they may even begin to like it.

Keep an abundance of treats on hand while repeating a command and gesturing to what you want your dog to do. 


Reward your dog if he follows your order, and then try again. It may take many repetitions before your dog memorizes the command and responds on the first or second attempt. 

We suggest keeping the sessions brief. Five or ten minutes each day should be plenty to practice a few commands with your dog before he loses interest. 

Positivity, patience, and consistency are the essential components of your training routine.

3. Exercise

Border Terriers will need a lot of activity to be happy and healthy. They are one of the most energetic dog breeds, so we suggest devoting more than an hour every day to its fitness. This breed adores chasing balls and will do it all day if you continue to toss them, particularly when they are young. 

Long walks might be beneficial if you can select an area with a few other dogs that could provoke your dog’s aggression.

4. Grooming

The Border Terrier’s double coat allows him to flourish in chilly conditions. He is not a big shedder, but he will shed his coat in the spring and autumn, leaving much hair behind if you don’t routinely brush him. You are only required to brush the coat once or twice every week during the off-season. 


We strongly suggest cleaning the dog’s teeth using safe pet toothpaste to help delay the advancement of dental disease, which affects many canines. If you hear your apartment-dwelling dog’s nails clicking on the floor, you may need to clip them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Border Terriers Affectionate?

The friendly attitude of Border Terriers is among their most distinguishing qualities. The breed’s intellect and curiosity know no limitations. Therefore they are constantly eager to learn new skills! 

Border Terriers prefer living in a home with a garden, but they will be quite content in an apartment if you cannot provide them with one.

Are Border Terriers Difficult?

Their stubbornness may make it difficult for them to learn complicated skills. Still, with the right training techniques and enough owner patience, there is no reason why Border Terrier teaching cannot be as effective as any other breed.

Wrap Up

The Border Terrier is an excellent family dog. He does not need much upkeep, but you will have to endure significant barking. Still, he is ideal for an experienced owner who can teach and socialize the dog to behave well and coexist with other animals. He is a fantastic watchdog since he is kind, loyal, and protective of his family.

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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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