The Border Collie!

The Border Collie is known as the world's premiere sheep herding dog. Its agility, athletic appearance and stamina stand in equal measure with its grace and substance. Its hard, muscular body is well-balanced conveying the impression of effortless movement and endless endurance. The Border Collie is extremely intelligent. Its keen, alert expression, eagerness and intensity are key characteristics of its breed.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
14-16 years

Energy Level:
Full Throttle

Living Conditons:
Indoor/Outdoor; Large fenced in yard

Barking:
Heavy barker.

Exercise Needs:
Two sets of 30+ minutes per day of high-intensity, physical activity. Mental tasks such as ball tossing should be included in this time.

Breed Group:
Herding

Size:
Medium-Small

Height:
18 to 22 inches

Weight:
30-45 lbs

Standard Hair Colors:
Sable, black, and blue merle, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan. Can come in solid color, bi-color or tri-color. Some have white markings or random white patches on the body and head.

National breed club:
The Border Collie Society of America

Border Collie Skills

The Border Collie originated in the border country between Scotland and England where the shepherds' breeding selection was based on biddable stock sense and the ability to work long days on rugged terrain. The Border Collies developed the unique working style of gathering and fetching the stock with wide sweeping outruns. The stock is then controlled with an intense gaze known as "eye", coupled with a stalking style of movement. This selective breeding over hundreds of years developed the Border Collie’s intensity, energy and trainability. This working ability has made this breed the world's premier sheep herding dog, a job the Border Collie is still used for worldwide.

Border Collie Personality

The Border Collie is known as the world's premiere sheep herding dog. Its agility, athletic appearance and stamina stand in equal measure with its grace and substance. Its hard, muscular body is well-balanced conveying the impression of effortless movement and endless endurance. The Border Collie is extremely intelligent. Its keen, alert expression, eagerness and intensity are key characteristics of its breed.

Exercise Needs

Border Collies need more than the usual 30 minutes of free galloping and long daily walks. Dog performance activities such as herding, agility, obedience, tracking, and flyball can help provide the physical and mental exercise a Border Collie requires

Living Conditions

Border Collies prefer the outdoors, and need large open spaces and plenty of exercise to stay happy. They can spend hours stalking sheep, cattle, goats, ducks, chickens, large ants or anything that congregates into a herd or flock. A fenced yard or enclosure is important to keep your Border Collie safe. Traffic is especially hazardous for this breed since the dogs tend to try to herd cars if not carefully trained to avoid them.

Grooming Requirements

Weekly brushing of the coat should keep it in good condition. Seasonal shedding is normal. Whiskers are not trimmed.

Health Issues

The Border Collie is subject to such genetic diseases as hip dysplasia, eye disease, and epilepsy. A predisposition to allergies also occurs.

If you liked this dog…

Living with a Border Collie can be challenging as it requires exceptional motivation. If you are looking for an intelligent and playful pet, but one with a less independent personality, consider an Afghan Hound. The breeds have very similar skills and share an elegant appearance.

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