Border Collie Dog Breed Information
|Country of Origin||Border country between |
Scotland and England
|Nicknames and Other Names||Scottish Sheepdog, Highland Collie|
|Scientific Name||Canis lupus familiaris|
|Bred For||Herding livestock|
|Recognized By||AKC, FCI, UKC, CKC, ANKC, NZKC, KC|
|Life Span||12-15 Years|
|Ideal Weight||Male: 31-44 pounds|
Female: 26-42 pounds
|Ideal Height||Male: 19-22 inches|
Female: 18-21 inches
|Fur Type||Smooth or rough double coat|
|Common Colors||Black, Blue, Gold, Brindle, Red, Lilac, |
Sable, White and Black, White and Red,
White and Blue
|Markings||Tan Points, White markings, ticked|
|Achievements||Cast in movies|
|Suitable for Apartments||No|
|Used in World War||No|
|Most Similar To||Collie|
The Border Collie is a medium-sized herding dog. They are an amazing working dog famous for their herding skills. Although Border is a medium-sized dog, they are extremely energetic and workaholic who likes to work all day. They should be provided with a lot of exercises to keep them occupied and healthy, otherwise, they will become destructive.
The Border is a great lifetime companion but only to an energetic, clever and entertaining owner. So, if you want to bring one home, you should be willing to play with him, exercise him a lot and spend most of the time with him.
Origin and History
Border Collie is a working farm dog, originated in border countries of Scotland and England. During the end of the Roman Empire, Viking raiders brought their dogs that were smaller, quicker, spitz-type herders, which they cross-bred with the larger Roman dogs to produce smaller, more agile sheep-herding dogs.
Border Collie was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995. They are ranked 38th among the 193 breeds registered by American Kennel Club.
Is Border Collie Child-Friendly?
Border Collie get along with child if raised with them from his young age. However, with their instinct to herd can cause him to chase, nip and bark at children. You should supervise them like with any dogs to avoid trouble from either of the parties.
Behavior, Temperament and Personality
Border Collie has a friendly temperament and can get along with people very well. They have alert, smart, energetic and hardworking personality.
Border likes to remain busy, either with household chores or outdoors work. If they do not get any work to do, they become bored and starts becoming destructive and annoying. They will bark, dig the ground, start chasing vehicles or people. So, keep them busy to avoid any harmful behavior.
Border Collie is quick at learning new things which is why they are easy to train. They are fast at catching commands and task given for them.
They sometimes try to be in charge of the situation. Start training them from their young age. Be gentle with them and train them in a soft but confident voice. Use a positive method of teaching like rewarding with treats, vocal praises and a soft pat on their back.
- The Border Collie was featured in a movie named, ‘Babe’.
- In the 19th century, Queen Victoria was very fond of Border Collie.
- Border collies are considered the best herding breeds and also one of the intelligent among all the dogs breed.
- The border has an intense gaze that helps him control livestock.
- A Scottish Poet Laureate Robert Burns wrote a poem, “The Twa Dogs” for his pet dog Border Collie.
|Common Health Issues||Allergies, Collie Eye Anomaly, |
Progressive Retinal Atrophy,
Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Deafness
|Vaccination Required||Rabies, Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough, |
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Coronavirus
|Weight Gain Potential||Average|
|Separation Anxiety||High Chance|
|Diets and Supplements||Protein: 28%-30%|
The Border Collie is generally healthy but they are prone to some health diseases in which most possible health issues are from hereditary. The average life span of Border is 12-15 years. Between these years, they might suffer from following canine diseases:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Congenital Deafness
- Dental problem
- Food and Skin Allergies
Coat and Colors
The Border Collie has a medium double coat. Their coat comes in two variety: rough and smooth.
They come in many different colors:-
- Black with or without white,
- red and white,
- solid color.
The average cost for Border Collie is $600- $1000. However, you can get a Border in a much low price if you are willing to adopt. The cost includes only its caring expenses before adoption.
The average height of the male Border Collie is 19-22 inches and the female Border Collie is18-21 inches. The weight of the male is 30-45 and the female is 27-42 pounds.
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