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Border Collie

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Dog Breed Group
Herding Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Great Britain 
Life Expectancy
Long-lived, well into their teens. 
Color
Variety of colors; white should never predominate 
Coat
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. 
Temperament
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. 

Breed Description

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.

Breed Infobits

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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