A Devoted Working Dog
The Border collie is a true shepherd’s dog. It traces its roots to England and Scotland. He was used and bred to herd cattle, and is considered the best working dog for that class. Even today, the Border collie’s instinct is to work and master livestock. But he can also make a great pet for owners with time to devote to his constant need for work.
Border collies are found in a variety of coat colors including black and white, tri-color, red and white, black and gray, and all black. These dogs are not bred for their looks (though many owners find them to be quite beautiful); they are bred strictly for their working ability and keen intelligence. They are considered by many to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds.
A Great Little Worker
Border collies are happiest when they are working. They like to have a job to do, whether it be herding, agility or obedience training. They are bred for endurance and need to be constantly stimulated. They are not the type of dog that will be content lying around the house all day. If the dog becomes constantly bored, he can get destructive or neurotic.
Border collies are best suited for experienced dog owners who have the time and knowledge to raise them.
Living With a Border Collie
The work ethic and intelligence of this breed means that it needs a lot of attention. These dogs are best suited for experienced dog owners who have the time and knowledge to raise them. Training is key for the Border collie. Because of his strong herding nature, he can be inclined to try to “herd” children and strangers. He must be trained not to do this, as it is part of his overall temperament.
The Border collie needs a dominant master, otherwise he will try to assert his authority and become leader of the pack in your home. But because of his intelligence, he can be trained and socialized to get along with all types of people.
Of course, this dog is also ideal for farmers who need his help on the farm. He is perfectly suited for this type of work and stimulation. The Border collie does not do well with apartment living; he needs a lot of space for exercise and activities.
His exercise requirements are intense. Two 45-minute walks per day along with 15 to 30 minutes of obedience, agility or tricks is recommended.
Fun Facts about Border Collies
- Border collies make great search-and-rescue dogs.
- The top obedience dog in the U.S. is a black-and-white Border collie.
- The Border collie is one of the few breeds still used for his original purpose. • It is said that the Border collie has a way of “mesmerizing” livestock.
Border Collie Bliss
Some might consider the Border collie a “high maintenance” dog. In some ways, he is indeed that. But for the right owner and in the right household, he can be perfect. His intelligence and energy are among his best attributes. He is also a very loyal dog and will go to great lengths to please his master.
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