Welcome to the website of the Border Terrier Club

The Club is the oldest of all the Breed Clubs in the UK and was founded in 1920.

This site is for Club Members and others who would like to find out more about the Border Terrier.btfamily

Browsing through the site you will find information about the Club, membership, shows etc.

For those with a new interest in the breed, we hope to show you a balanced view of the Border Terrier.

If you need any further help, advice or to make a puppy or stud enquiry, please see the Contact Us page where contact details of our Committee members are listed.

Essentially a working terrier

workAlthough the Border Terrier is very adaptable and fulfils many roles, the opening paragraph of our
Breed Standard says that the breed is
"Essentially a working terrier".

The Club is very proud of the Breed's working traditions and issues Working Certificates to those terriers who have proved themselves below ground. 

The first Working Certificate was issued in 1920.

Breed Standard

     List of Working Certificates

Latest News & Notices

Border Terriers 2020
click here
for the 2020 website

Annual Subscriptions
due 1st January
renewals can be paid bypaypal
click here

Judges List 2019
click here

Joint BTC Championship Show, 5th May, Leigh Leisure Centre

Full results of the Joint Championship show can be found here

BTC Championship Show, 30th March, Carlisle

Full results, photos and critique of our Championship show can be found here

JCF Information

Please find below links with information received from our Breed Education Co-ordinator Jayne Gillam.

'A3' Judges
'B' & 'C' Judges
KC 'Grandfather' rights for established judges

BTC Discover Dogs Leaflets

The leaflets published annually by The Border Terrier Club for the Discover Dogs stand at Crufts can be downloaded using the PDF links below:

A Brief Guide to the Border Terrier

Health Matters

SLEM - Important Information for Breeders and Owners

BTC Open Show, 23rd February, Jedburgh.

Full results, critique and photos of our Open Show held on 23rd February can be found here

BTC Open Show, 20th October, Low Hesket

Our Judge Kevin Green with his main winners.

Full results of our Open Show held on 20th October can be found

Gall Bladder/Biliary Mucocoele

We have received a letter from Mark Dunning, a veterinary specialist working for the Willows Veterinary Group and a Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham. He and some colleagues have an interest in Gall Bladder Mucocoele (GBM) in Border Terriers. His letter is self explanatory and below is a link to the on-line questionnaire mentioned in his letter.

Click here to view letter
Click here for questionnaire


Following requests from members and Committee, we are grateful to the Animal Health Trust ("AHT"), liaising with the Border Terrier Breed Health Group, for a 10% discount to be made available on the AHT SLEM Test to all members of the seven Border Terrier breed clubs.

The code is available to Border Terrier Club members on request from the Secretary and when this is entered at checkout online, it will give the 10% discount on the test.

The usage will be monitored by AHT and the continuing availability of the discount will be reviewed in  due course.

The test can be ordered on line using the following link:


To contact the Secretary for the discount code please email Otterkin@aol.com

Border Terriers 2020

Click here to view the website for Border Terriers 2020

Book of Champions 2000 - 2019

The Border Terrier Club is to produce a Book of Champions, to follow on from the previous two Books, which were edited by Jayne Gillam. This will be one of our highlights for the celebrations of the Club's 100th Anniversary in 2020 and the book will consist of photographs, pedigrees and other information about each of the Border Terrier UK Champions made up during the 20 years from 2000 to 2019 inclusive. 

Please click here for more information.

Judges List Criteria and Questionnaire

The Club's Judges List is revised annually and we request that Applications/Updates are to be received no later than the 31st August for consideration each year. Please send completed questionnaire form to Kathy Wilkinson, Peel House, Edmondsley, Durham, DH7 6DL.

Full details of the criteria and the questionnaire form can be found using the links below

Current Criteria

Download Judges Questionnaire Form - PDF version

Download Judges Questionnaire Form - Word version

Guidance Notes for Completion of Questionnaire

Kennel Club Guidance to A2 Judges List Procedures. Guidance current as at October 2014 and replaces Press Release number 186.03.

KC Stud Book Band Change - effect on Judges

Privacy Policy

A change in government legislation regarding data protection called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is effective as of the 25th May 2018.

The Border Terrier Club has undertaken a review of how we process personal data in the routine adminstration of the Club. Full details of the Club's Privacy Policy can be viewed here:


General Code of Ethics

Click here to view updated General Code of Ethics:  Including additional paragraphs B 8a) to B 8c) inclusive, approved by Members at the Annual General Meeting on 31 March 2018, and accepted by the Kennel Club on 3 May 2018.

Club Rules

Click here to read the revised Club Rules that are now approved by Members and the Kennel Club following the Annual General Meeting on 25 March 2017

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