The Border Collie: An Overview
The Border Collie is a strong and active breed, that is widely known for its intelligence, energy, and loyalty. This breed originates from the Scotland-England border, and it is one of the most widely recognized and popular of all dog breeds.
This breed is medium in size, and is often used for herding and working, including a variety of animal sports. They make excellent pets, and can be valuable working members of any family.
Characteristics of the Border Collie
Border Collies are strong and lean, with well-built and defined muscles. They have a double layer coat, medium in length, which ranges from smooth to rough, in either black and white, liver and white, red & white, or tricolor.
- Eyes: Round with thick black or brown borders and an alert bright expression.
- Size: Males stand 18 to 22 inches, with females at 17 to 21 inches
- Coat: Double coat, medium length
- Color: Can come in any of the following: Black & White, Liver & White, Red & White, or Tricolor
Temperament of the Border Collie
The Border Collie is an active and intelligent breed, and they thrive on having tasks and jobs to do. They are extremely loyal and very loving, and get along great with all family members. This breed is usually very eager to please and loves to train, often times learning new commands and tricks quickly.
Border Collies are known for their herding instinct, so they usually do very well with animals. They can, however, sometimes become a bit possessive and try to herd certain animals, so it is important to train them properly to ease this behavior.
Care of the Border Collie
Border Collies need plenty of exercise, so it is important to take your dog for daily walks as well as have playtime with them.
Brushing their coat at least once a week is necessary for the health of their coat and skin.
It is always important to keep up with all vaccine shots as well as regular check-ups.
Border Collies also need plenty of mental stimulation, so training and playtime with other animals and people is an important part of becoming a responsible owner.
The Border Collie is a strong, active, and intelligent breed that makes an excellent pet and working companion. They require plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and regular brushing to keep their coat healthy. With a little bit of training, proper care and lots of love, the Border Collie makes a wonderful and loyal pet for any family.