- Dog Breed Group
- Herding Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- Great Britain
- Life Expectancy
- Long-lived, well into their teens.
- Variety of colors; white should never predominate
- Two varieties; moderately long, and smooth; both are thick and straight.
- Exercise Needs
- Extensive exercise and mental stimulation is needed. An idle Border Collie will become badly behaved and maybe aggressive.
- Intelligent, active, loyal, faithful
- Good with Children
- Yes, but he has a high prey drive and may not be good in home with small children. Gets along well with other animals.
- Grooming Needs
- Daily brushing to remove dead hairs. Bathe when necessary. Check ears and coat regularly for ticks.
- Average Size - Male (in)
- 18 - 21
- Average Size - Female (in)
- 18 - 21
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- 30 - 44
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- 30 - 44
- Health Issues
- Progressive retinal atrophy, ceriod lipofuscinosis, joint problems.v
- Living Conditions
- Rural setting with lots of work: a cattle ranch.
The Border Collie is a highly intelligent, hard-working dog that responds quickly and eagerly to training. He is the world's premiere sheepdog unsurpassed as a sheepdog in terms of patience, agility and stamina. He thrives on games and is willing to please. The Border Collie is even tempered, but he needs constant physical and mental activity for a well balanced dog. Excels in obedience competitions. He is very agile, and has a well proportioned body of lean muscle. He can spend hours stalking sheep, cattle, goats, ducks, chickens, large ants or anything that congregates into a herd or flock. If he has insufficient activity he will find work to do which could be herding your children.
One of the more well-known shepherd dogs still used today is the Border Collie, which is a descendant of reindeer-herding dogs brought to Scotland by the Viking invaders.
The Border Collie is a hardy, agile, untiring sheepdog that is said to have an eye that can hypnotise livestock.
The Border Collie makes an excellent family pet and companion.
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