The Border Terrier Club of the Redwoods is dedicated to the welfare of the Border Terrier. The club was started in 1989 by a small group of dedicated Border Terrier owners and breeders who shared the common goals of ethics, improvement, fun, and above all, protection of the breed. Currently 100+ members strong, with members residing primarily in Northern California, the club sponsors many events, including conformation, earthdog, agility, play days, seminars and club dinners.

Find out more about Border Terriers from the Breed section of the website. Find out what's going on from the Events section.


Border Terrier

The Border Terrier has its origins dating back to the early 1800's to the region between Scotland and England and was bred to work on both sides of the border. One would assume the name Border Terrier was purely geographic. No one knows for sure.

Records of the early breed were sparse to almost non-existent. As a working terrier, the early Border Terrier's value was based on its ability to go after and bolt fox, and be a source of vermin control for the farmers of the region. Working was the flavor of the day, with record keeping and breed history being more of an afterthought to the farmers making a living in this rugged country.

Border Terrier

Most breed historians describe the Border Terrier as a sturdy longer-legged terrier capable of covering great distances and possessing the ability to follow behind the pack hounds. Bringing up the rear on a fox hunt requires desirable social attributes of a dog able to get along with others. The Border Terrier ran behind and in close proximity to the horses and hounds while some of the other terriers rode in the farmer's saddlebag. Once the Border Terrier arrived at the scene of a grounded fox it would be asked to "go to ground". The Border without hesitation would promptly get to work and head into the fox den and dispatch the fox, either killing it or bolting it from its underground hideaway. Often, the Border would not leave the fox and it would have to be dug out of the ground, sometimes taking days. The Border Terrier's bark is distinctive so that it can be heard underground. Read more...


The BTCR has a number of committees which still need volunteers. Please contact one of the BTCR board members if you're interested in getting involved!


+ Agility: Mary Powell
+ Border-Homes Journal Editor: Richard DeLiberty & Rhonda Martins
+ Breed-referral: Doris Aab
+ Spring Earthdog: Becky Graham & Linda Steinhoff
+ Fun Events: Open
+ Membership: Lee Ann Moreland
+ Spring Specialty: Danielle Greene
+ Fall Specialty: Danielle Greene
+ Barn Hunt: Richard DeLiberty
+ Trophy: Peter Holson, Lesley Francis and Liz Smart
+ Rescue: Rhonda Martins & Ellie Van Voorhis

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