- Full Name
- Border Collie
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- Life Span
- 12 - 1 years
- 30 - 45 pounds
The first thing that people think of when they hear "Border Collie" is about how smart they are, and there's good reason for that. They are incredibly fast learners, which can be fun and interesting to a dog owner, but all that intelligence comes with certain responsibilities for a dog owner.
Exercise is important to all dogs (some more than others), but equally as important for border collies is that they are challenged mentally. This can be achieved through training that gradually increases with difficulty.
The Border Collie's name gives a hint at the the geographical origin of this dog. The English word "border" in this case refers to the border area between England and Scotland. For centuries, the local farmers there used these incredible dogs to guard and herd their sheep while coping to the harsh climate of the area.
Because Border Collie's were historically bred as working farm dogs on rural properties, they are not automatically friendly with other dogs or strangers. Any owner of a border collie in a city environment, or who will frequently be seeing other people and dogs, needs to take the early socialization period very seriously.
- United Kingdom
- Bred For
- Sheep herder
- Family Considerations
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Border Collie good with children?
Is the Border Collie friendly with strangers?
Is the Border Collie friendly with other dogs?
Does the Border Collie like to cuddle?
Does the Border Collie like to play?
Does the Border Collie make a good service dog?
Is the Border Collie good for first-time owners?
How well can the Border Collie be trained?
Does the Border Collie shed a lot?
Is the Border Collie easy to groom?
Does the Border Collie need a lot of exercise?
How smart is the Border Collie?
How much does the Border Collie bark? Does the Border Collie bark too much?
Is the Border Collie a good guard dog?
Is the Border Collie good at staying alone? Is the Border Collie independent?
Is the Border Collie a good apartment dog?
How big is the Border Collie?
How much does the Border Collie tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Border Collie?
How much does the Border Collie tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Border Collie?
Does the Border Collie try to run away?
Is the Border Collie a healthy dog? The health of a Border Collie should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
How energetic is the Border Collie?
How much does the Border Collie drool?
Does the Border Collie have a large prey drive? Does the Border Collie like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?
Is the Border Collie atheltic?
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