The Border Terrier is named for the English-Scottish border region, where the breed began. They are descended from a blend of several strains of working terrier. Breeds such as the Dandie Dinmont, the Lakeland and the Bedlington are close relations of the Border Terrier. Throughout their history, this breed has been known as Reedwater Terriers and Coquetdale Terriers.
They were originally used to access foxholes during hunting when the foxes had “gone to ground”. The diminutive Border Terriers would enter the foxholes and cause the fox to bolt, enabling the hunt to continue. Besides foxes, this breed was used to hunt otters and badgers as well. As is the case with many terrier breeds, rodent killing was also a main purpose for many early Border Terriers. They had to be strong, active and tireless. Their weather-resistant coats are designed to protect them all manner of weather while pursuing their prey.
Famous examples include Puffer from the movie There’s Something About Mary and Baxter from movie Anchorman.