Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Puppy, Socializing, Obedience
Posted October 30, 2016
My parents bought Buddy as a pup in 2000. He has since passed on, but is dearly missed.
One thing that we didn't realize the importance of at the time was socializing Border Collies. They are an introverted type of dog that is naturally quite shy. Buddy became fast friends with our other dog at the time, but as a general rule liked to keep a good distance from other dogs. This never turned into aggression, but that can happen if they are not introduced to other dogs early and properly.
Buddy's personality was not the perfect fit for a family dog - Border Collies NEED to have a job to do or else they get very restless. They are high energy and like to keep busy, so if you don't give them something to do they'll find something! This does make them good to train as they are eager to please and active.
Buddy's coat needed to be brushed and maintained regularly or else it was prone to matting.
Buddy was not much one for cuddling, but very much enjoyed being around his people. He was quiet, sweet, and patient with young children.
If you can give this kind of dog the right lifestyle, you'll get a loyal and devoted pup in return.