Border Collies are consummate canine athletes. They'll accompany their owner on any activity. They never stop or tire, they are like the Borg and have a fascination for tennis balls that is positively obsessive.
Border Collies Belong To The Herding Group
They Are: Tenacious, Focused, Active,Intelligent And Keen
”An obediance star…Unlike most dogs, they love repetition and precise regimentation.Their attitude is’ Oh boy, this is the 405th time I’ve retrieved this glove. Lets see if I can do it better next time..”“
Chris Walcowicz – ‘The Perfect Match’
What kind of temperament does the Border Collie have?
Personality: This is an intelligent energetic and responsive dog, being affectionate with friends and family but reserved with strangers.
The Border Collie’s temperament make them sponges for affection and hogs of the lime light they will watch you intently almost willing you to give them something to do.
Border Collies have an instinctively high work drive and work intensely with a human handler. They are demanding, energetic and totally focused.
Is the Border Collie an athlete or a couch potato?
Definitely an athlete : Border Collie’s are the Type ‘A’ personalities of the canine world, always wanting to work no matter what the activity is. They must have plenty of exercise and there is no sitting around in the yard or house for this breed.
A workaholic to the core, the Border Collie can become neurotic, destructive and obsessive if it gets bored, leading to all sorts of behavioral problems.
How well does The Border Collie get on with everyone else?
Border Collie temperaments are naturally friendly toward children and other dogs but , their compulsive behaviour and desire to herd maybe too much for smaller children. Border collies are prone to chasing livestock, cats and other fast moving animals so ensure they are well supervised at all times.
Strangers: Will be wary of strangers but can be aggressive if not properly socialised.
What are the main health concerns that Border Collie owners should look out for?
Health: The Border Collie is generally hardy . Some problems that have been seen are:
• hip dysplasia: Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) can cause mild to severe lameness.
• osteochondritis dissecans: a degenerative disease of the joints, associated with over-
• Progressive Retinal Atrophy: manifests as night blindness, slowly progresses to total blindness.
• Collie Eye Anomaly: can cause blindness, but is not a progressive disease
• Epilepsy: a neurological seizure disorder. There is no test for this.
• Deafness: Congenital Deafness can be a problem.
How easy is it to look after and care for your Border Collie?
Grooming: The Border Collie has a medium/long coat, and needs to be groomed (combed and brushed) at a minimum of once a week. Although, they are considered to be fairly low maintenance since their coats actually shed dirt fairly well. A good brushing about 2 –
Shedding: Very heavy seasonal shed
Training: Border Collie training can be rewarding and frustrating in equal measure, being the smartest of all dog breeds means their trainer has to be up to the task!
Patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to Training Borders, due to their high level of energy, but they do respond really well to obedience work, agility, fly ball, herding trials and other games.
The Border’s main raison d’etre is herding sheep and for this task their stamina and patience is legendary. Known for their hypnotic eye, the Border’s herding skills are second to none .
What kind of person gets on best with a Border?
Ideal Border Collie owner’s are: experienced and active. Who can provide an intelligent dog with a job to do along with plenty of play, obedience and socialisation.
Not recommended for the inexperienced or stay at home owner. Those who cant provide enough for them to do, small children.
As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. ,For more information, why not visit this breeds Border Collie Society of America
Border Collie Breed History
The Border Collie was developed in Britain in the rugged border country between England and Scotland. Bred to herd sheep and work closely with their human companion without nipping or barking. Borders work by calmly staring at the sheep (giving the eye) intimidating them into moving.
Known for their intense focusing stare and relentless energy levels to get the job done. Borders are still widely used in Britain in their primary herding role, but have in recent years gained a lot of popularity in America where they excel at canine sports, especially agility.The Border Collie was recognized by the AKC in 1995.
Australian Cattle Dog
Any Questions ?
Do You have any questions about the Border Collie ? Do you have one yourself? Share your experiences and why you love them.