Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
By Pat W
East Greenville, Pennsylvania, United States
Posted April 28, 2009
Border Collies reportedly the most intelligent breed overall - a blessing and a curse. This breed is hardwired to work, any kind of work will do - agility, flyball, search and rescue, tracking, therapy dog, or stock dog. Border Collies excell at all of these jobs due to their trainability, bidability, intelligence and work ethic. A bored Border Collie is a desctructive Border Collie, they will find a job and its guaranteed that his or her owner is NOT going to like their choice of jobs. They have been known to chew through wallboard from one roon to anouther, destroy furniture, rugs and cabinetry. A tired Border Collie is a good Border Collie, they need exercise of some kind both mental and physical, they love to learn tricks of any kind, physical exercise is paramount for Border Collies they on average need an hour of steady activity be it hiking, frisbee, chasing a soccer ball, running with their owner, or biking. Border Collies also as puppies need alot of socialization with people, dogs and new things and places to avoid fears phobias as they grow. Now that I have scared you about Border Collies let me tell you all the good things. Here is a breed that can do it all, companion, partner, athlete, hero, working dog. Border Collies are used in Search and Rescue, excell in the sport of agility, flyball, and disc dog, can be service dogs, and make excellent running partners. Of course they can also work livestock cattle and sheep. Due to their intelligence many people think they come already trained and are badly suprised when their genius puppy potties on the floor, or tears up the furniture, or "herds" the children, cats, or cars. Like any dog they need training and guidance in what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Border Collies can tend toward obsessive compulsive behaviors ie, chasing shadows, herdng anyting that moves, barking at ceiling fans, herding airplanes...yes airplanes. These can be controlled through training and if need be medication. Due to their popularity border collies are being bred, sold and ending up in shelters and rescues at an alarming rate. Before you ask "How much is that puppy in the window" at your local petstore, check out your local shelter or find a nearby Border Collie rescue group on line. Many people say "Oh if you dont have sheep you cant have a border collie" or "Border Collies arent good with children or being a family pet". Horsefeathers! Border Collies can and do survive without livestock, again with proper training and good amout of exercise. They can do well with children if supervised when both are small and again training is paramount. If you opt to go to a breeder DO YOPUR HOMEWORK!!! This cannot be stressed enough, look for a breeder that has been involved with the breed for many years, specializes in one, maybe two breeds, talk to them, dont be afraid to ask questions. For example:
1) Why are they breeding
2) What is their goal for this and other breedings, and what is the most important things they breed for - working ability and temperment should be 1 and 2 on their list.
3) Do the parents work? Meaning work stock not flyball or agility or anything else
4) Do they test for hip dysplasia and CEA (Collie Eye Anomoly) are the parents hips rated at least good, and eye cerf'd good? If no to either of these questions walk away
5) Will they take a puppy back if for some reason you can no longer keep the puppy? If no walk away
6) How many litters do they breed a year? If more than 3 walk away
7) can you talk with owers of pups from previous litters?