A Border Terrier’s skin is referred to as her “pelt,” or “hide,” while coat refers to her hair. She has the only breed standard among terriers that requires loose fitting skin and a thick hide. Why? Because a loose pelt is immensely helpful in avoiding the grip of the dog’s quarry while allowing the dog to wriggle through tight, underground tunnels. Some old terrier men have said that the breed is less sensitive to pain than other dogs, but we suspect that this is because loose skin keeps a badger, otter, etc. from grabbing the dog’s underlying muscles, or penetrating much more than skin if a vicious bite should grab hold.
Border Terriers Near Wall by Gill Evans
Permission granted by Amanda McLaren
Canine Fine Arts