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The border terrier will forever charm you with their puppy-like eyes but beware - they are known to be incredibly cheeky! Though, rest assured Border Terriers are an easy breed to train and love to be around people. Border Terriers are affectionate and upbeat dogs that find great pleasure in exploring the outdoors and tend to mix in well with other dogs. 

  • 28% of our Border Terrier owners made a claim in their first two years with us. Fortunately, we pay 98% of all the claims we receive*.
  • 82% of the claims we received for Border Terriers were for illness, with only 16% for injury*. Many of those claims were for lifelong conditions.
  • Our highest payment for a Border Terrier in the last 12 months is £6,748.55 for Pancreatitis.
  • The oldest Border Terrier we currently insure is a 16-year-old named Dougal. Now, there’s a loyal companion!
  • Border Terriers stand 11 to 16 inches from the shoulder and are easily recognized by their unique head shape. 

* Based on all Agria Pet Insurance claims received between May 2023 and October 2023

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The five most common conditions that our Border Terrier customers claimed for were:


Average claim payment

Hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorder 


Atopy finding 


Diabetes mellitus 


Skin (cutaneous) disorder 




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Common Health Problems for Border Terriers

Luckily, there aren't many health problems for Border Terriers. Despite this, you should still attend regular vet health checkups as they can often get PRA, heart murmurs, and diabetes. 

  • Heart murmur

    If there is a change in the sound of the heartbeat, it means there could be a disruption in the blood flow, known as a heart murmur. Your vet can detect the sound during a checkup, and you'll likely see signs of coughing, rapid breathing, or tiredness.  

  • Diabetes

    A common disease for Border Terriers is diabetes, which is when the pancreas does not make enough insulin. Fortunately, this disease is treatable if it's diagnosed early. It's a good idea to speak to your vet if you see signs of high fatigue, excessive urination, or extreme thirst as early signs of diabetes.  

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

    This problem is hereditary and can impact the dog's central field of vision. It usually begins from when the dog turns 3 or 4 months old. Unfortunately, this issue has no treatment, but it can be helped with supplements. Also, the dog will unlikely become completely blind and can still enjoy a decent quality of life.  

  • Skin conditions

    Border Terriers can often get allergies, causing irritation and skin diseases, so it's important to groom your dog regularly to check on scaling or any other changes that may develop. If you spot any signs of skin issues, it's best to speak to your vet who will advise if treatments are necessary.   

Health Tips for your Border Terrier


There's a high chance your Border Terrier will become overweight if you don't exercise at least an hour daily. Border Terriers are also likely to get bored, which can cause bad behaviour; therefore it's essential to include various activities such as fetch, tug-of-war, or frisbee to keep them entertained. It's critical to get a healthy balance of exercise as too much can cause harm to their joints, especially when they are young. Also, giving your Border Terrier an active social life is important by including walks with other dogs to provide a more engaging experience. 


A diet of high-quality dog food split into two meals is vital for your Border Terrier to have enough energy for the day. Treats should make up at most 10% of their daily calories as this may unbalance their diet. The exact requirements depend on his weight, age, and level of exercise.  

Vet checks

Regular vet checkups are vital to ensure your Border Terrier stays healthy as they age. If you get your pup used to visiting the vet early on, it becomes far easier to visit later.

Oral checks

Brushing your Border Terrier's teeth at least once a week is recommended to ensure they don't have too much harmful bacteria or develop periodontal disease. Much like visiting the vet early on, it also helps to introduce toothbrushing early to get them used to it.  

Border Terriers are a delightful, sturdy looking little breed but we still see conditions such as diabetes which can cost several thousand pounds per year to treat. Only a lifetime insurance policy will help with the costs for as long as necessary.

Robin Hargreaves

Agria Vet Panel Lead, Veterinary Surgeon for 30 years and former British Veterinary Association President.

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Why more and more Border Terrier owners are insuring with Agria

With Agria, it's lifetime, every time

At Agria, we believe pet insurance should last your pet’s lifetime. Our policies provide lifelong vet’s fees cover for illnesses and injuries. This means that, provided your policy is renewed each year, your maximum benefit will be refreshed, providing cover for ongoing conditions.

So, whatever happens throughout your Border Terrier's life, we’ll always be there for you and your dog!

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