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.
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.