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Border Collie - Care and Grooming

The Border Collie originated in the border country between Scotland and England where the shepherds' breeding selection was based on biddable stock sense and the ability to work long days on rugged terrain. As a result of this selective breeding, the Border Collie developed the unique working style of gathering and fetching the stock with wide sweeping outruns. The stock is then controlled with an intense gaze known as "eye", coupled with a stalking style of movement. This selective breeding over hundreds of years developed the Border Collie's intensity, energy and trainability which are features so important that they are equal to physical size and appearance. The Border Collie has extraordinary instinct and an uncanny ability to reason.

One of its greatest assets is the ability to work out of sight of its master without commands. Breeding based on this working ability has made this breed the world's premier sheep herding dog, a job the Border Collie is still used for worldwide. 

Border Collie Temperament

Highly intelligent and trainable, the Border Collie is a very agile dog with plenty of stamina and determination. This is a dog that is eager to please and very quick to learn, which makes him a pleasure to train. He is one of the most trainable of all breeds. This is a well balanced dog with a good temperament and a good nature. The Border Collie is loyal and dedicated, and is both faithful and affectionate to his family. However, despite all of these traits, the Border Collie is not a dog that will be suites to all owners, as he needs a high level of mental and physical stimulation (running, biking, fetching, walking) and will not fare well without this.

The Border Collie may get on okay with older, more considerate children, but is probably not the best choice for those looking for a companion for their child or for those with smaller children. These Dogs can be wary around strangers, but can get on okay with other pets. However, their strong herding instincts means that they may try and herd everything, from children and family members to pets and just about anything else. In some cases, the high energy levels of the Border Collie can make it a little hyperactive, but with the right level of attention, exercise, and mental stimulation this is a problem that can be relieved.

Border Collie Appearance

A handsome looking dog, the Border Collie weighs in at around 30-50 pounds and is around 17-20 inches in height. Most commonly the Border Collie is black and white, but there are other colors, which include chocolate, red, and blue. The coat of this breed can be either short, or can be longer and feathered. The former is the easiest to care for in terms of grooming. This dog has an alert and keen expression, and his eyes can range from brown to blue or a combination of colors.

Border Collie Grooming

The Border Collie is a medium shedder, but twice yearly he sheds quite heavily. Depending on the length of the coat, brushing may be required on a daily basis, or weekly brushing may suffice. At times of the year when shedding is heavier you will need to step up the grooming sessions.

Border Collie Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Border Collie is around 13-15 years. There are a number of health issues and problems that are linked to this breed, and this includes deafness, seizures, allergies, epilepsy, cataracts, OCD, PRA, and HD. You should ensure that the parents of the Border Collie puppy have OFA and CERF certificates.

Border Collie History

The Border Collie was developed on the borders of England and Scotland in the UK, hence its name. Bred for herding, this dog became hugely popular because of its high intelligence and high level of stamina - in fact, even today this breed is a favorite when it comes to working Dogs on farms etc.



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