All About the Border Collie Dog Breed

Is the Border Collie Right for You?

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The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog that is very athletic, highly intelligent, and has loads of energy. This breed is extremely driven, loyal and hard-working. A happy Border Collie is a working or playing Border Collie.

Border Collie Details

Group: Herding

Size: 28-48 pounds

Colors: May be solid color, bicolor, tricolor, merle or sable. Usually seen in black, blue, blue merle, brindle, gold, lilac, red, or red merle (with or without patches of white).

History of the Border Collie

The Border Collie originates from sheepdogs on the British Isles and was developed on the border of England and Scotland (after which it was eventually named). The BC has remained true to its origins as a hardy, diligent working dog. In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria became quite fond of the breed and likely contributed to its legacy as the ideal sheep-herding dog breed.

Over the years, the BC has upheld its reputation as a highly intelligent worker. The breed has been highly successful at herding, agility, Frisbee, and many other activities. The Border Collie was officially recognized by the AKC in 1995.

Caring for Your Border Collie

Border Collies have medium-length hair that should be groomed routinely. Regular brushing is important to keep the coat tangle-free. Although active BCs may have naturally worn down nails, it's important to check the nails regularly and trim the nails as needed.

This will help keep the feet healthy and comfortable.

The BC is known for an alert expression, ready-to-go attitude, and strong instincts. The breed is among the smartest of dogs and learns new things with ease. Thorough training is absolutely essential and should not be very difficult. Also, be sure to properly socialize your dog so he will be at ease in all kinds of situations.

It's important to understand that Border Collies are extremely high-energy dogs. This breed needs tons of exercise and plenty of activities to keep the body and mind occupied and in good shape. Although they are are superb herding dogs, they also excel in most dog sports, especially agility and disc dog competition. You must find plenty of activities for your Border Collie if you want him to thrive.

Border Collie Health Problems

Responsible dog breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

Should You Get a Border Collie?

Border Collies can make excellent companions for very active households. Their tendency to herd may make them less ideal for very small children, but they can be trained to act properly around children. Older, gentle kids can do quite well with the breed. Overall, this is a much-loved and celebrated dog breed that bonds closely with its human companions.

If you think the Border Collie is the right dog for you, make sure you do more research on the breed before you get one.

Talk to veterinarians and other pet professionals. Ask for input from other Border Collie owners, responsible breeders, and rescue organizations.