Period before about 300 years ago in England favored the breeding of numerous packs of hounds kept on isolated estates, which had not only its own staff, but also unique breed characteristics and became the proud of their noble creators. For controlling rodents in barns there were applied small and nimble dogs looking inconsistently, abundantly blessed with a passion for hunting which together with hounds helped in Parfors hunts to control predatory animals. They chased it until it´s underground holes and their fighting spirit and independence charmed man so much, that they gave rise to a whole group of dog breeds known as “terrier”, which means an earth dog. The place where England meets with Scotland in Northumberland and mountains Cheviot called “Borderland” formed creation of rough haired Old English terrier with black and tan hair like today’s lakeland terrier and then known Lowtherterrier of which mainly devote because of different hair structure the ancestors of Bedlington and Dandie Dimmont terrier. For direct ancestors of Border terrier can we consider Elterwater terrier, Reedwater terrier, Ullswater terrier, Liddesdale terrier, Nort Tyne and Coquetdale terrier. However, we can consider them rather as the local Border terrier variety of different estates where dogs mutually exchanged between them, renewed fire in the blood of it´s small hunting dogs. It´s character and appearance affected the crossing of larger breeds like the Otterhund and Foxhound coming from the same area. From the beginning there was just a little care taken about the color , there have been dogs from white to black in color, with markings but also without, often with liver color of bearing hubs.
They valued them for their working and strength qualities which are typical for the whole group or terriers, and for which they are gaining on huge popularity conquering a wide circle of admirers till today. It was used as an earth dog, for the parforce fox hunts, for fetching feather game out of the water and even for searching for the lost sheep. At hunts in braces there were conflicts between dogs not tolerated, but cooperation and tireless sedulity was expected. Breeders hasitated to official admission and exhibitions for long time, because they consider that excessive interest for exterier will destroy his great hunting qualities.
Although he exist already nearly 300 years, he escaped the attention and fashion trends for long time. He was bred in his natural simplicity as a discreet hard worker and obliging helper of the hunter. he was first exhibited in 1890 in the “not classified” class of hunting dogs. In the stud book he was first registered in 1913 by the English Kennel Club. In 1920, he was officially recognized as a working terrier and his standard was finished. To his name certainly helped the fact that was bred together with borderfoxhounds. Border terrier was firstly showed in 1921 with the participation of 103 representatives of the breed.