Border Collie

The Border Collie is an agile breed with excellent proportions. The weather resistant double coat is typically smooth and shiny. The concept of "hypnotic" eyes is attributed to this breed and their ability to herd cattle without barking or nipping. With their active personalities, this breed is born to live outdoors. 

 

 

Other Names
The Border, Farm Collies, Working Collies
Country of Origin
Great Britain
Colour
Most common is black and white but Border Collies are also known to feature brown, red, blue merle and tricolour coat variations.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Measure 51-55 cms and weigh from 14-20 kgs
Health
The Border Collie is a hearty breed with few hereditary health issues. Known problems include allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, deafness and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
Life Span
12-15 years
Intelligence
Incredibly intelligent and eager to learn. Arguably one of the greatest breeds to compete in herding, agility and obedience trials. Herding is in their nature and if not used as working dogs they must be consistently entertained and exercised.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

Owners should follow breeder recommendations during the Border Collie's growing period of 4 to 8 months. As adults, these dogs need good quality nutrition particularly if they are working often.

 

 

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
This lively larrikin needs plenty of exercise to maintain top mental and physical health. They love wide open spaces and thrive in country living. If their needs are not met, Borders can begin to act out and become aggressive.
Ailments
The Border Collie is a hearty breed with few hereditary health issues. Known problems include allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, deafness and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

This breed needs a weekly brush to remove any knots. If necessary, the feathering around their lower body can be trimmed every now and then.

 

 

 

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Occasional
As a descendant of the Persian Sheepdog, this breed originates in the 1700s in Great Britain. They were bred primarily for their working ability as herders for hundreds of years. Today they are trained as military dogs, drug detection dogs, agility dogs, work dogs and are very popular family pets. In 1995, Border Collies were officially recognised by the American Kennel Club.


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