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

Judges List 2018
click here


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

Diamond Wedding Anniversary

The President of the Border Terrier Club, Ronnie Irving, presented Pat and Brian Baxter with a gift from the Club at the National Terrier show, to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary which took place in February 2018. Many congratulations to Pat and Brian on their 60 years together.

Joint Border Terrier Clubs' Ch Show  - Reminder Change of Venue for 2018

Sunday 6th May, Hosted by Yorkshire Lancashire & Cheshire Border Terrier Club
Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, Longridge, Lancashire, PR3  3HJ

Judge Mrs Melanie Lewis (Tonromel)

Postal entries close Saturday 7th April 2018 / on line entries close 21st April (midnight) 2018

Schedules available at Cavalier Impressions website: http://www.cavalierimpressions.co.uk
Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire Border Terrier Club Secretary: Mrs Tina Green, (01302) 726202

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 Championship Show, 31st March 2018, Carlisle.

Full results, photos and critique of our Championship Show held on 31st March can be found here

BTC Open Show, 24th February, Jedburgh.

Full results, critique and photos of our Open Show held on 24th February can be found here

BTC Open Show, 21st October, Low Hesket

Our Judge Suzanne Marwood with her main winners.

Full results of our Open Show held on 21st October can be found here

DNA Test for SLEM (Shaking Puppy Syndrome) is now available

Please click on the links below to read latest updates:

Updates on SPS/SLEM from Steve Dean

November Update from Breed Health Group

A DNA Test for Shaking Puppy Spongiform LeucoEncephaloMyelopathy (SLEM) in Border Terriers

Comment from Steve Dean, Breed Health Co-ordinator

Shaking Puppy Syndrome/SLEM Results and their Interpretation

Above links take you to the new breed health website  www.borderterrierhealth.org.uk

Letter to the Kennel Club 

Please click here to read letter sent to the Kennel Club from the Border Terrier Club on subject:
"Objections to the implementation of the Judges Competency Framework"

Border Terriers 2020

Please click here to view new website for Border Terriers 2020

Kennel Club News Release

Large scale study published on disorders in 192 Kennel Club recognised breeds will help to improve health of Britain’s much-loved pedigree dogs

Click here to view News Release and commentary

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


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

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 25 March 2017

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