The Border Terrier breed was first bred in the Cheviot Hills close to the border of England and Scotland and is possibly the oldest breed of Terrier in Great Britain.
The breed was originally used to hunt foxes and for this they were ideal as they were small enough to get into fox burrows and large enough that they could keep up with the horses. It is believed that the farmers did not feed the Terriers hoping that this would encourage them to hunt for their own food and so make them better at hunting foxes. On some farms the Border Terrier is still used to control rats.
As intelligent and actively driven, the Border Terrier has been used in therapy to help young and the old and have on occasion been used to help the blind. Being a very friendly dog, it makes an excellent pet, although it will chase any cats!