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

Junior Members

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for details of
Junior BTC

Judges List 2017
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2017 Subscription
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Please click here for latest updated from the AHT.

Message from Steve Dean, Breed Health Co-ordinator

Please click here for latest message received from Steve Dean and the AHT.

Breed Health Group Meeting Notes 

Please click here for full notes from the Meeting held on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Give a Dog a Genome Project - April 2017 Update 

Message sent to Steve Dean, BHC : “I would once again like to thank you and the Border Terrier community for participating in Give a Dog a Genome (GDG). Please find attached a GDG update.Thank you for your incredible support of and participation in Give a Dog a Genome. If you have any questions or concerns please email me on gdg@aht.org.uk.
Yours faithfully,
Louise and the rest of the Give a Dog a Genome Team”

Please click here to view the PDF

Breed Health Updates

Our Breed Health Co-ordinator Steve Dean has asked us to share the following recently published papers by Mark Lowrie on the subject of CECS.

Please click links below to open the PDF documents:

Gluten Case

PDs in Dogs, Review

Breed Health Meeting Update

Please click here for report from the Chairman of the Breed Health Meetings which took place on Sunday 9 April 2017.


Message from the Kennel Club:
"As a breed club, we wanted to let you know that we have just launched the brand new Ring Procedures at Licensed Shows resource on the Kennel Club Academy, and would be grateful if you would pass this information onto your members. This is mandatory online education for Judges of German Shepherd Dogs but is also designed to be of use to all judges.

Whilst this is primarily aimed at German Shepherd Dog Judges, the content covering ring procedures and the practical aspects of judging may be of interest to judges of other breeds. The resource is free of charge and emphasises the judge's responsibilities in relation to health and welfare, general ring procedures together with relevant show regulations and practical aspects of judging. There is a multiple choice exam available which is part of the GSD Judges Education Programme, however anyone who wishes to take the exam is welcome to do so.  There is a certificate of achievement for those who pass the exam.  A copy of the Kennel Club's Press Release is available here"

Click here to view the Ring Procedures at Licensed Shows resource on the KC Academy

Breed Health Survey

The Club encourages all Border Terrier owners to participate in the Breed Health Survey, even if your dog is generally healthy. This provides a better picture of health across the breed. We emphasise that all reports are treated entirely confidentially - the only person having access to them is Prof. Steve Dean, BVetMed, DVR, MRCVS, who is undertaking the survey on behalf of the Breed Clubs.

A Survey Form is available to download and print at the link below:

Breed Health Survey - PDF
Breed Health Survey - Word doc

Annual Breed Health Report

Please click here to view the 2016 Health Report by Prof. Steve Dean, Breed Health Coordinator.

Breed Specific Seminar  - Saturday 14th October 2017

A breed specific seminar and judging competence assessment will be held on Saturday 14th October at Grimsargh Village Hall, Grimsargh, nr Preston, PR2 5JS.

Please click here for more information and booking form.

BTC Championship Show, 25th March 2017, Carlisle.

Our Judge Margaret Curtis with her main winners.
Full results and photographs of our Championship Show held on 25th March can be found here

2017 Judges List 

Please click here to download a PDF version of the BTC 2017 Judges List

Animal Health Trust  - DNA Swab Kits available at Championship Show

DNA cheek swab kits will be available at our Championship show on 25 March 2017, which may, we hope, help in the Animal Health Trust's ("AHT's") research into health in the breed.  

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I am pleased to pass on the below information just received from the Animal Health Trust about the Give a Dog a Genome Project and work being done there on SPS. This is good news and comes as a result of the action by the seven Border Terrier breed clubs who, working with the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, have contributed the funds to enable this to take place. This is just the beginning of the scientific work that could take some time, but needs to be carried out if we are to find a way of eliminating this problem in the breed.”

“As you already know, we selected a Border Terrier with “Shaking puppy syndrome” to be whole genome sequenced as part of Give a Dog a Genome (GDG). A DNA sample from a suitable dog has now been sent to a commercial laboratory for sequencing. 

“What happens next?

“The sequencing is expected to take up to 8 weeks to complete, after which the data will be made available to us to download, process and analyse. The volume of data generated for each individual sample is extremely large and takes 3-4 days to download and process. The sequence data may also be shared with other scientists as we deem necessary or helpful. Additional analysis of the data to attempt to identify any variants that contribute to “Shaking puppy syndrome” will take far longer. Please be aware that it is entirely possible that we will not be able to identify any variants that contribute to this condition. However, even if this is the case, the data still can and will be used in investigations of inherited disease in other breeds. 

“You will continue to receive any general GDG updates, but apart from that we will contact you only if there is something specific to the Border Terrier to report. I would once again like to thank you and the breed community for participating in Give a Dog a Genome.

“If you have any questions or concerns please email me on gdg@aht.org.uk.

Yours faithfully, 
Louise and the rest of the Give a Dog a Genome Team.”

BTC Open Show, 25th Febraury, Jedburgh.

Full results, critique and photos of our Open Show held on 25th February can be found here

BTC Open Show, 15th October, Low Hesket.

Our Judge Graham Richardson with his main winners (photo Anne Gregory)
Full results and critiques of our Open Show held on 15th October can be found here

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

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

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:

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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