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

Open Show
Low Hesket
15th Oct
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Judges List 2016
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Annual Subscriptions
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Give a Dog a Genome ("GDG") Health scheme from the Animal Health Trust ("AHT") Shaking Puppy Syndrome and Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome Breed Health Questionnaires and Breed Health Group

Message from the Border Terrier Club Officers 16 October 2016.
The seven UK Border Terrier Clubs were among the first breeds to sign up to the Give a Dog a Genome Scheme at the Animal Health Trust in February 2016, providing £1,000 from the Clubs towards the £2,000 needed to map the genome of one Border Terrier. The Kennel Club is matching that funding with another £1,000 for each of the 75 breeds who have signed up to this in the first year. It was originally intended to ask 50 breeds to take part in the first year, but the interest was so high, the KC and the AHT extended this to 75 breeds.

Full details of this exciting scheme can be found on the Animal Health Trust website.

As the AHT advised recently "The overall objective of GDG is to build a bank of genomes that will help us to distinguish between DNA variants (mutations) that are neutral/benign and those that cause inherited disorders, in all breeds of dog. To this end, we have two options;

i. we could sequence the genome of a dog that is affected with an inherited disorder that is known to be a concern in your breed, in the hope that we can make some progress understanding the genetic factors that might underlie the disorder, or

ii. we can sequence the genome of an apparently healthy, older dog

The amount of progress we can reasonably expect to make from a single genome depends on the complexity of the disease, the mode of inheritance of the disorder and the nature of the underlying genetic risk factors.

For autosomal, recessive disorders that are likely to be caused by a single mutation it is possible that we could identify the causal mutation by sequencing the genome of a single dog, in the same way we used whole genome sequencing to identify the mutation responsible for a rare form of cerebellar ataxia in the Hungarian Vizsla:

 For more complex disorders, such as idiopathic epilepsy, we are less likely to identify genetic risk factors associated with the disease from a single genome, but the genome will provide data onto which future studies can build.

To enable us to make informed and appropriate choices for each breed we would like to know more about the health disorders that are currently of concern among your breed community and any evidence that may support this.

By gathering this information we will be able to make a decision on a breed by breed basis on whether it will be more valuable to sequence an older, healthy dog or a dog with a health condition you’ve highlighted to us."


Give a Dog a Genome Scheme:
Our Breed Health Co-ordinator, Professor Steve Dean, has highlighted to the AHT for the GDG scheme, 2 syndromes which we hope may be included in the GDG scheme, being Shaking Puppy Syndrome and Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome.

Research undertaken in the UK and USA and in other countries, if combined, may help towards identifying if one gene is responsible for Shaking Puppy Syndrome, referred to in depth elsewhere on this website. Details of published veterinary research papers and other documents have been forwarded to the AHT for the GDG scheme.

 In the near future, the AHT and our Breed Health Co-ordinator will select a Border Terrier to have its DNA sequenced for the GDG scheme.

Breed Health Questionnaires:
We will continue to update these pages with any other information, but in the meantime, would stress that if anyone has a Border Terrier with any health issues, would they please consider completing a Breed Health Questionnaire and forwarding it to Professor Steve Dean. These questionnaires are available on this website and printed copies will also be at the gate at all our shows.

Breed Health Group:
In the meantime, the Breed Clubs have elected 3 people to be part of the Breed Health Group, along with our Breed Health Co-ordinator Professor Steve Dean. The Breed Health Group will consider any health issues that arise in the breed and comprises:

Professor Steve Dean MRCVS, DVR: Border Terrier Breed Health Coordinator

Doctor Eddie Houston BVMS, MRCVS: Practising veterinary surgeon and Border Terrier breeder and exhibitor. Championship show judge of the breed and Chairman of the Border Terrier Club.

Dr Andrew Harbottle PhD: Chief Science Officer of MDNA Life SCIENCES, INC. Extensive laboratory experience in research. Previously employed: Dermatological Sciences, Newcastle University.PhD Cell/Molecular Biology; MSc Toxicology/Experimental Pathology;BSc Biomedical Sciences. PhD Newcastle University (Pharmacology/Surgery) specialising in cancer research and protection of genes against DNA damage/tumour cell resistance. Dr Harbottle has two border terriers.

Professor Jeff Sampson BSc., DPhil: Professor Sampson was the Kennel Club's Genetics Advisor from 1998 until 2012 and worked helping many breeds to install breeding programmes to combat emerging conditions. His late wife was a breeder of Schipperkes and he is a CC judge of the breed.

Details of the activities of the Breed Health Group will be included on this website when available.

The Border Terrier Club Officers 16 October 2016

Breed Health Survey form, Breed Health yearly reports and in year updates, plus information regarding the Breed Health Group

Kennel Reviews for 2016 Year Book

Now is the time to start thinking about your Kennel Review for The Border Terrier Club Year Book of 2016, which will be issued in March 2017.

Please click here for more information.

Judges List 2017

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

Border Terriers 2020

Please click here for latest press release concerning the Border Terriers 2020 Celebration

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:

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

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.


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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