Species group: Herding Group dogs
The Border Collie is highly regarded as one of the world's most intelligent dogs. Developed to herd sheep in the highland areas on the border between Scotland and England, this breed needed to be cooperative, intelligent, agile, and hardy. As a result, this dog thrives on working hard for hours on end.
Unfortunately, the same traits that make for a superior working dog can make this breed impractical for the busy working family. If you're gone long hours at work, if you'd like to just come home and put your feet up on the sofa after a long day, you may soon bore this energetic breed out of its skull. And a bored, highly intelligent Border Collie can figure out all kinds of ways to get out and cause trouble.
Appearance / health:
The Border Collie resembles a lightly built Australian Shepherd without a bob-tail. The body is slightly longer than it is high. The skull is wide and has a distinct stop. The muzzle tapers down to a black nose. The ears are half-erect, and the oval eyes are generally dark brown, except in merles where one or more eyes may be blue. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. The tail reaches to the hock; it is sometimes raised, but is never carried over the back.
Border Collies need regular combing and brushing to maintain their coat in good condition. They are bathed or dry shampooed only when necessary. The ears and coat may need to be checked regularly for ticks. Extra care may be needed when the soft, dense undercoat is shedding. Rough-coated dogs develop thick undercoats in winter, which require combing out in summer. Teeth need cleaning, and toenails clipping.
Border Collies require a good amount of exercise. They require both mental and physical stimulation in order to be happy.
Border Collies are generally hardy. However, individuals may suffer from hip dysplasia (deformation of hip joints leading to lameness), progressive retinal atrophy (degeneration of retina causing visual impairment), and an eye disease common to Collies known as collie eye anomaly. Border Collies are also allergic to fleas. Specimens may also be prone to epilepsy and deafness. Border Collies may also be prone to a disease known as neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, a type of lysosomal storage disorder that results in accumulation of lysosomal storage bodies in the cells of many tissues of the affected animal. This leads to progressive neurodegeneration (degeneration of brain and eye cells), resulting in severe neurological impairment and an early death.
Behavior / temperament:
The Border Collie is an intelligent and responsive breed. They have energy and stamina, and require lots of attention, extensive daily exercises, and are ideal for those who wish to compete in dog sporting events. The Border Collie has extraordinary instinct and reasoning abilities. They excel at working without commands and out of sight of the master.
This breed needs early socialization to prevent shyness. Border Collies respond to training methods that use praise.
Because of the herding instinct, some Border Collies may feel a compulsive need to escape and chase cars or to snap at small "herdable" beings like your children.
They are mostly quiet dogs. Barking is not very common in Border Collies; they usually bark only when they are bored or feel neglected.
agilty classes, intelligence, excellent watchdog, Human interaction games, clever, loyal pet, endless play
fear issues, barking, intense higher drive, CEA Collie Eye, unexercised collie, suburban neighbo
intense dogs, higher energy levels, energized, long fluffy fur
"If you've never owned a dog, do not get a Border Collie. They are a very, very high energy animal, and they will run you off your feet! That is, however, a desirable trait for certain purposes, but they do require training from a good source (not a first time dog owner). They perform best as outdoor dogs, but cannot be neglected, or they will get into trouble!! Decent as guard dogs, but not their primary purpose since they are mostly selected for herding type behaviours. Jack was a good dog, and I was pained to see him go...."
From Adam Schneider Sep 3 2017 12:13AM
"Being the owner of multiple long hair or semi-long haired dogs, I have found vacuuming to be an awesome tool. When it is mid-summer and my shepherds start to blow their coats (loose all their undercoat), this is one of tools that saves my house from being a complete mess of fur! My one shepherd is OK with it. The vacuum is loud, it pulls a bit at their fur and looks like a monster. My other shepherd is not a fan of it, so I stopped trying since he is older and it's not worth him experiencing the stress. However, if you get a puppy who will have a long coat or be a shedder later on, introduce them early! Desensitizing a dog to a vacuum can save you time and money down the line, and will help them learn that if you say something is OK, even if it appears scary, that it REALLY is OK. This tool does work best on clean coats, so a bath and full dry is best before using. The more expensive models can serve as a blower and vacuum, so if you have multiple full coated dogs it might be worth the investment. All in all this is a great tool for all those shedders out their, it will help keep your dog comfortable and you sane! ."
From Emily S 27 days ago
"Choke collars, in which the collar pulls tightly when the dog is pulling on the lead, but relaxes again when there is no tension in the lead, can help reduce lead-pulling behaviour in dogs. However, in dogs with aggressive tendencies who are behaving aggressively, choke collars rarely stop the behaviour, as the animal is too worked up at the time of the aggressive behaviour. There is also a risk that the dog might slip out of the collar if the lead/choke chain is too slack.."
From Dr Rosalie Dench DVM 47 days ago