The Border Collie is a mid-sized well-balanced athletic dog that belongs to the herding group. They look somewhat like the Australian Shepherd without the bobtail. They weigh 30-55 pounds on the average, and are 17-23 inches tall.
The Border Collie has a double coat. Their outer coat is mid-length, thick, and moderately textured, while the undercoat is short, soft and dense. The lavishing coat forms the mane, breeching, and brush. Their furs are usually short and smooth on the face, forelegs, tips of the ears, and hind legs. Smooth is acceptable, and all colors are acknowledged, too, except pure white.
Physical activity alone is not enough for this highly intelligent and very energetic dog. The Border Collie wants to work, and must do so with the body and the mind together, to be able to carry out different errands. Agile and quick, these active dogs have limitless energy and thrive on hard slog and play. They require to be taken on long brisk walks on a daily basis.
The Border Collie strives to please their owners. They are naturally loving, highly intelligent breed with instinctive urge to work closely with a human handler. Although bred to be a working stock dog, this breed is becoming more popular as pets. The Border Collies tend to be demanding due to their highly energetic state. Because of this, they will do well in households that could give them a great deal of play and exercise with humans and other dogs. Due to their herding instinct, they are inclined to nip their owners and this may carry over into dog aggression. So, it is important to socialize them with extra care so as to prevent this from occurring.
The Border Collie was initially prized for their brilliance in herding of any type of livestock. Now, they are popular family companion, farm worker, and show dog.
The Border Collie has a double coat that requires to be combed and brushed at least once a week. Although they are recognized as to be relatively low maintenance since their coats shed dirt. Brushing twice a week to keep the coat look neat is needed, and extra should be done during shedding season to keep it from scattering everywhere.
Bathing or dry shampooing should be done only when necessary. When the Border Collie smells bad after bathing, check with your veterinarian and have the ears and skin checked.
Border Collies thrive for training and is highly receptive to new commands. They do extremely well at agility, fetching, fly-ball, obedience, tracking, Frisbee toss, and sheep herding. An untrained or neglected Border will become bored and frustrated which results to negative behavior.
The Border Collie is easily house-trained, even those that have spent years outdoors may become great house pets. As with other breed, the Collie will be restless and destructive if left alone indoors unsupervised. Kenneling and Crating are two good ways to assist in house training.
The Border Collie is a mid-sized, highly athletic and has great endurance. This breed is devoted to their livestock job. They are highly energetic, determined, and confident. They are very resilient, with a flowing movement and versatility.