Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted May 5, 2015
Red is the ideal pet for families. We got her when she was just six weeks old, and she has always been as attached to us as we are to her. She's a very energetic dog who needs to run around a lot; when we go for walks, she's always running ahead and then coming back to make us hurry. She's very cuddly, loves being petted and always wants to play, which makes her the ideal dog for families with children. She also has a sweet tooth: she's constantly begging for treats, but knows she has to do tricks to get them.
She normally isn't allowed in the house - border collies are a bit big for regular houses, so she stays in the garden or the annex - but when she is, she's very obedient and stays on her personal rug so that she doesn't shed everywhere. She's also perfectly housetrained.
It's advisable to brush her once a week, and after particularly long walks in the woods. She doesn't object to being cleaned.
She doesn't bark often, except when playing very enthusiastically and sometimes when she sees another dog. However, she is a easily scared of sudden movements and people raising their voices, which is a bit of a mystery because we never treated her badly. She often leaves the house to explore the (very safe) neighbourhood, sometimes for weeks at a time (she scared us very badly once), so we wonder if one of our neighbours may have mistreated her.
All in all, I would definitely recommend a border collie if you're a young person or if you have children, and if you have big enough house with a park or something similar in the vicinity.