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

Annual Subscriptions
due 1st January
can be paid with
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Judges List 2016
click here

Junior Awards
click here
for details of
Junior BTC

Update from Breed Health Co-ordinator

Please click here for update from Prof Steve Dean the Border Terrier Breed Health Co-ordinator

Give a Dog a Genome

All seven Border Terrier Clubs have joined together to answer the Animal Health Trust's call for breeds to join them in their quest to "Give a Dog a Genome." For details of this scheme, see the Frequently Asked Questions at: http://www.aht.org.uk/skins/Default/pdfs/Give_a_Dog_a_Genome_FAQs.pdf
The seven Border Terrier Clubs have jointly funded the £1,000 required to have one of our breed included in the genome sequencing.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has pledged another £1,000 towards the £2,000 cost to have the sequencing carried out for each of the first 50 breeds that sign up to this, so the KCCT will be donating £50,000 in total this year towards the scheme.
Our Joint Clubs' cheque for £1,000 has been sent to the Animal Health Trust and receipt of it has been acknowledged; the breed is listed at number 5 on the list of participating breeds:

Breed Specific Seminar  - Sunday 15th May 2016

A breed specific seminar and judging competence assessment** will be held on Sunday 15th May 2016 at Grimsargh Village Hall, Grimsargh, nr Preston, PR2 5JS.

**places for the judging competence assessment now fully booked.  

Places for the morning session and lunch still available at £15.

Please click here for more information and booking form.

BTC Championship Show, 26th March 2016, Carlisle.

Our Judge Bill Gray with his main winners.
Full results, critique and photographs of our Championship Show held on 26th March can be found here

BTC Open Show, 27th February, Jedburgh.

Our Judge Liz Barrett with her main winners
Full results, photographs of our Open Show held on 27th February can be found here

2016 Judges List 

Please click here to download a PDF version of the BTC 2016 Judges List

BTC Open Show, 17th October 2015, Low Hesket.

Our Judge Joyce Martin with her main winners
Full results, critique and photos of our Open Show held on 17th October can be found here

BOOK OF CHAMPIONS  2000 - 2019 inclusive

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 

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 Su Williams, 187 Bamford Road, Heywood, Lancashire, OL10 4AG.

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

Current Criteria

Download Judges Questionnaire Form

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


Click here for some tips and advice to hopefully avoid your dog being lost or stolen. While it is important that you relax and have fun with your dog, please be aware of the dangers from theft.

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 31 March 2012

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