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.
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
Although the Border Terrier is very adaptable and fulfils many roles, the opening paragraph of our
Breed Standard says that the
"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.
List of Working Certificates
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. Breed Health Survey - PDFBreed Health Survey - Word doc
A Survey Form is
available to download and print at the link below:
Annual Breed Health Report
Please click here
to view the 2016 Health Report by Prof. Steve Dean, Breed Health Coordinator.
2017 Judges List
Please click here
to download a PDF version of the BTC 2017 Judges List
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.
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.
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;
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
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: http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/genetics_gdg_success_stories.html
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:
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
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
Club's Judges List is revised annually and we request that
Applications/Updates are to be received no
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
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
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
seven Border Terrier Clubs have jointly funded the £1,000 required to
have one of our breed included in the genome sequencing.
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:http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/genetics_gdg_participating_breeds.html
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
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.
DON'T LET YOUR DOG BE A STATISTIC IN THE DOG THEFT RECORDS!
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.
Click here to read the revised Club Rules that are now approved by Members
Kennel Club following the Annual General Meeting on 31 March 2012