Border Collie

Written by Susan Gardner. Posted in Dogs

Information

Name: Sheepdog, Scotch Sheep Dog
Origin: United Kingdom
Breed Group: Herding dog breeds
Size: Medium
Hypoallergenic: No
Most people who decide to get a pure breed dog, are looking for certain characteristics. Some people want small, fluffy dogs while others look for big, fierce dogs. When searching for the smartest dog breeds, the Border Collie is definitely on top of the list. Not only is this dog breed incredibly smart but it is also very loyal and friendly. Border Collie Picture Border Collie Picture Origin The origin of the Border Collie dog breed is still unknown and its history is quite unclear. It is believed that this dog breed originated near the border of England and Scotland and that it developed from various sheepdogs. The supposed origin of this breed is also what influenced its name. It is believed that this breed showed its potential during a dog shepherding contest in 1973, after which the breed was known as sheepdogs until 1915, when their breed was better analysed and received the final Border Collie name. The breed also started gaining popularity in America and in 1995, it was recognized by the American Kennel Club. Border Collie Picture Border Collie Picture Physical description The Border Collie is a medium sized breed, the dogs being slightly longer than they are tall. Generally, the males are about 19-22 inches tall, while the females are about 18-21 inches tall (measured at the shoulder). These types of dogs always have a curious and alert look on their faces, as they are constantly aware of their surrounding. These dogs come in various colors. They can feature a single color, two or three colors, black and red being the predominant colors with various white spots. The Border Collies are very agile and they can change directions very fast and cover a lot of ground effortlessly. Border Collie Picture Border Collie Picture Personality The Border Collies are very intelligent, agile and responsive. They are known as the most workaholic dogs because not only do they enjoy tasks, but they actually need to have something to do at all times. They are very affectionate and loyal to their masters, but they can be reserved when interacting with strangers. When these dogs are approached, they stand their ground, they never show fear, their key interest being understanding the intention of the person approaching them. Compared to other dog breeds, the Border Collies excel in agility, obedience and intelligence. They enjoy competitions which is why they are the preferred dog breed for trainers. They love to please and they only exhibit behavioral problems if they are very bored. Since they have a strong herding instinct, they can sometimes try to herd people and other pets. This behavior is not acceptable and it should be discouraged at all times. During the adolescent period, some Border Collies may be a tad rebellious and try to take over as the family's pack leaders. Unless the masters impose their authority, these dogs can prove to be a problem for families with children. Border Collie Picture Border Collie Picture Health These types of dogs are not meant…

Characteristics

INTELLIGENCE - 100%
KID FRIENDLINESS - 90%
EASE OF TRAINING - 90%
ADAPTABILITY - 60%
STAMINA - 100%
ACTIVITY NEEDS - 100%
SHEDDING - 60%
GUARDING ABILITIES - 70%
WATCHING ABILITIES - 100%

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Most people who decide to get a pure breed dog, are looking for certain characteristics. Some people want small, fluffy dogs while others look for big, fierce dogs. When searching for the smartest dog breeds, the Border Collie is definitely on top of the list. Not only is this dog breed incredibly smart but it is also very loyal and friendly.

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Origin

The origin of the Border Collie dog breed is still unknown and its history is quite unclear. It is believed that this dog breed originated near the border of England and Scotland and that it developed from various sheepdogs. The supposed origin of this breed is also what influenced its name. It is believed that this breed showed its potential during a dog shepherding contest in 1973, after which the breed was known as sheepdogs until 1915, when their breed was better analysed and received the final Border Collie name. The breed also started gaining popularity in America and in 1995, it was recognized by the American Kennel Club.

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Physical description

The Border Collie is a medium sized breed, the dogs being slightly longer than they are tall. Generally, the males are about 19-22 inches tall, while the females are about 18-21 inches tall (measured at the shoulder). These types of dogs always have a curious and alert look on their faces, as they are constantly aware of their surrounding. These dogs come in various colors. They can feature a single color, two or three colors, black and red being the predominant colors with various white spots. The Border Collies are very agile and they can change directions very fast and cover a lot of ground effortlessly.

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Personality

The Border Collies are very intelligent, agile and responsive. They are known as the most workaholic dogs because not only do they enjoy tasks, but they actually need to have something to do at all times. They are very affectionate and loyal to their masters, but they can be reserved when interacting with strangers. When these dogs are approached, they stand their ground, they never show fear, their key interest being understanding the intention of the person approaching them. Compared to other dog breeds, the Border Collies excel in agility, obedience and intelligence. They enjoy competitions which is why they are the preferred dog breed for trainers. They love to please and they only exhibit behavioral problems if they are very bored. Since they have a strong herding instinct, they can sometimes try to herd people and other pets. This behavior is not acceptable and it should be discouraged at all times. During the adolescent period, some Border Collies may be a tad rebellious and try to take over as the family’s pack leaders. Unless the masters impose their authority, these dogs can prove to be a problem for families with children.

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Health

These types of dogs are not meant for apartment lives. They feel great outside, which is why they are recommended for people who live in houses with big yards. However, they should not be chained into a backyard. No dog should be kept that way for that manner. These dogs live about 12-15 years. The females can give birth to 4 to 8 puppies. This breed is prone to dysplasia, epilepsy, deafness and PRA (an eye anomaly specific to Collies). They are often allergic to flies and some dogs carry an MRD gene, which makes them allergic to certain dog drugs. All Collies should be tested for this gene as it can be fatal.

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Care

Due to the fact that these dogs have a lot of stamina, they need to exercise a lot. Because of this personality trait, they can be very demanding. If you are an active person who enjoys spending time outdoors, this dog will be perfect for you. It will happily join you on walks and jogging sessions and it can be a great playing companion during picnics. However, if these dogs are not exercised regularly, they can get bored and destructive around the house.

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Coat

When these sheepdogs have short hair, their coat is very smooth, but as the hair grows, the coat can get wavy and rough. While their colors and patterns can differ, most Border Collies feature white spots, mainly around their face. As far as the grooming goes, Border Collies need regular brushing and combing. As it is recommended for them to live outside, they should only be bathed when really necessary, but they should regularly be checked for ticks.

Friendliness

These dogs get along great with children as they are very loyal and protective. They also interact well with other dogs, exception being male dogs, towards which they can be aggressive if they are not firmly guided by their masters. While it is not recommended to leave them alone with smaller non-canine pets, there are numerous border collies who live in peace with cats and other smaller pets.

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Ease of training

Due to the fact that these dogs are very intelligent and obedient, they can be intensively trained. They like the training process as it gives them a feeling of accomplishments and they are very confident during competitions. In fact, some of the best trained dogs in the world belong to this dog breed.

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