Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Crate, Puppy
By M Miles
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Posted August 29, 2016
Our border collie mix has a distinct personality due to the signature border collie intelligence. They tend to pick up on tricks and commands easily, but they also can figure out things they shouldn't. (For example, our dog now understands the spelling of a few words like "treat" and "walk" because we've spelled them around her in attempts to keep her from knowing what we were talking about.)
With proper bonding early on, border collies can be very loyal. They are bred to love working for their owners. For traditional border collies, that means herding, but for our border collie working just means being with us for whatever we do. She loves following and watching us.
Border collies can be very intense because of their herding instincts and intelligence. The fact she's a mixed breed does tame some of that intenseness, but we still had to make sure the herding instincts didn't get out of control. (Especially after she tried to herd a little boy into a corner and occasionally she'd nip at the heels of anyone running.)
I wouldn't recommend a border collie to a first-time dog owner, but for the more experienced dog lover, border collies are a great option because of their engaging personality. If you have the knowledge and stamina to keep up with their energetic, almost ADHD brain, they're a great companion to have around.