Some experts would agree the Border Terrier is one of the oldest recognized canines from the Scottish and English areas in the 17th century. The Cheviot Hills location is where they originated from, which was also known as the land that was the border between Scotland and England, hence the name "Border Terrier." Well known for hunting fox and rattling, they were a small dog with a lot of hunting potential and which is why they were frequently utilized to go along owners on fox hunts in the late 1800’s. They got their recognition by the AKC in 1930 and became a showing breed around 1870. While they did show well, they remained more of a favorite among the hunting population rather than the owners seeking exceptional show dogs. Known for their small size, but still with a feisty demeanor in hunting fox, they gained a reputation for being somewhat of a problem to the farmers that owned the land the Border Terriers would chase around. Currently, they are beginning to climb the popularity of dog show breeders with their otter face appearance similarities, making them a very unique looking canine.