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.

Please note that due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are sorry that we are unable to reply to puppy enquiry emails at this time.

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

Judges List 2020
click here

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

2021 AGM - Nomination for Judges 

Please click here to view the names of the nominees for the 2021 AGM

Border Terrier Club Shows of 2021 

Owing to the current situation with COVID-19, reluctantly the Committee of the Border Terrier Club have decided to cancel our remaining Open show of 2021 and not to try to reschedule the February 2021 Open show.

Instead, we will be putting all our efforts into hopefully hosting the Championship show, on a rescheduled date of Sunday 17th October 2021, at our usual venue of H & H Exhibition Hall, Montgomery Way, Rosehill, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 2RS. Our judge, Mrs Nancy Hogg (Raeburnfoot) has agreed to this change of date.

The Kennel Club has also agreed this change and will re-issue a Licence to us. Nearer the date, a final decision will be reached about how to organise the show and any special arrangements, in co-operation with the Local Council and all appropriate bodies.

Border Terrier Club Supported entry shows of 2021

The Whitehaven & District Canine Society Open show has rescheduled from March to November 2021 and will now, hopefully, be held on Sunday 21st November 2021, with the judge being Ms Tracey Anscombe (Orangebox).

Carlisle and District Canine CS 2020 Open show, which had been rescheduled for the summer of 2021, has now been cancelled and will now hopefully take place in the summer of 2022 (actual date to be announced). The judge, Dr Margaret Armstrong (Ploughdown) has agreed to judge the Border Terrier Classes in 2022.

Full details of all shows will be announced nearer the time.

Book of Champions 2000 - 2019

    We are pleased to advise that the new Book of Champions is now available to order.

     Please click here for additional details and an online order form.

KC Clarification of 'Grandfather Rights' for Established Judges

Please click here for the recent announcement from The Kennel Club

Judges List 2021 Criteria and Questionnaire

Reminder - please send your completed questionnaire form by 31st August 2020

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

BTC Open Show, 22nd February, Jedburgh

Full results, critique and photos of our Open Show held on 22nd February can be found here

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, 19th October, Low Hesket

Full results, critique and photos of our Open Show held on 19th October can be found here

Use of Social Media

The committee of the Border Terrier Club asks members and exhibitors to take great care when using social media. Click here to read more

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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