The Border Terrier originates from the rough, and at times bleak, hill country which can be found in the areas which sit on both sides of the border between England and Scotland. This is sometimes known as 'The Border Country'. The breed was developed by the farmers and shepherds of the area, who used terriers to help contain the local fox population. Foxes were, and still are in The Border Country, a predatory animal of particular concern to sheep farmers whose flocks wander relatively free over many thousands of hectares of heath and heather covered land. In the 19th century when foxhunting developed into the sport we know today, the breed began to be used as part of the more formal foxhunting scene.