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Thinking of Bringing Home a Border Collie Pup?

Updated on April 1, 2018
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From Upstate NY, Paula shares life & career experiences, w/ all the crazy, wonderful & varied results of our trek to be all that we can be.

The most intelligent dog on the planet....paws down

The Border Collie, according to what historians know for certain, developed at least 150 years ago in the border land between England, Scotland and Wales. Of course, that many years ago, they were simply known as a collie, sheepdog or a shepherd's dog. This pretty much tells us their main purpose without a lengthy resume. Border Collies have a work ethic to put all others to shame. Herding, keeping watch, running, guiding, barking instructions and being a SHEEP BOSS, the Big Kahuna of the Hillside....that's a Border Collie.

If you're thinking of adopting a Border Collie, you don't have to own a sheep farm, but you really need to do some research on this complex breed of working stiffs.

I can offer some assistance in your thought process, if you please. I certainly understand an attraction to this handsome & intelligent dog. They are regal in stature, with a thick, dual-colored coat (usually black & white) . Their facial features are distinct.....a long straight snout, and very dark, close-set eyes that focus intently and zero in with a constant stare. These serious-minded dogs are fiercely loyal to their Master, a bit snobbish toward other dogs and totally indifferent to cats in the same household. Never fear though, they are as lovable as can be, because they KNOW to brown-nose and expose their CHARM. I'll say this, if a Border Collie could talk, it would most definitely be with a polished British Accent!

I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE

My three year old boy genius is my best buddy. I remember well, the two little pups remaining from the litter, one that waddled away from me and "Taz," who literally jumped into my lap. Love at first sight. I also remember the Breeder stressing that he will "always welcome the pup back, should I find he isn't my kind of dog." Ridiculous, I thought. Do we return our children to the maternity ward if it doesn't work out? (Parents! Shame on you for what just went through your mind!!)

"Taz," had already been registered and given his official "biblical" name, "Tazmanian Devil." Most people call him, "Taz," I call him "TazMan," and as his Master, I have the right to give him a nickname exclusive to our communications. I can whisper "Tazman," from 2 rooms away and he's at my feet in a shot.......no kidding. Their vision and hearing is keenly sharp beyond belief......what they may not see, they hear and vise-versa. There is absolutely no attempting to quietly tip-toe behind their backs. Their reaction is instantaneous. They follow your feet, closely and unwaveringly. It's their nature, beyond their control, they're HERDERS! If you plan on becoming annoyed at this natural instinct or erroneously believe you can break him of it, you do not want a Border Collie.

TRAINING, CARE & ENTERTAINMENT

Any dog can be trained to do what you want him to do. If you spend enough time and effort teaching your dog to sit, lay, fetch, speak and stay, eventually you may have yourself a talented, obedient pal. Border Collies soak up training in the accelerated mode, often performing a task after one or two short sessions. This makes a lot of sense when you consider their ability to FOCUS as well as the acuteness of their senses. They WANT to work, so they excel in the classroom. They love to perform and aim to please. The next time you're watching TV, pay close attention to commercials with a dog. FACT: 90% of these commercials feature a Border Collie, for the simple reason that they train easily and quickly.

A little side note here for your consideration: If you haven't the time, patience or desire to BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH your dog, at the very least, once a week, skip over the Border Collie and go for a beagle or a weiner dog! These beauties have a coat that run the gamut from rough to smooth, a combo of both, coarse to silky, in THICK, double layers. Hair, hair, everywhere, but easily controlled if you're willing to work at it.

THE JOHNNY BENCH OF DOGS

Border Collies appear to have sprouted wings when it comes to leaping into mid-air to catch a FRISBEE. They literally amaze with their speed and grace, not to mention the timing and focus it requires to NEVER miss. Playing catch is one of the best ways you can help your four-legged pal burn off some of that super energy stash. Which reminds me to tell you that Border Collies are the BEST breed to own if you like to walk or jog....the greatest fitness partners ever. Even when you may try to find another lame excuse to blow off your routine for the morning, it's doubtful Mr. Ants in his Pants will let you slide!

A LOVABLE BIG MUSHY BABY

I can't speak for all Border Collies on this note, but I can tell you that my "Taz," is a lover for sure. Of course I encouraged this and am a kissy-huggy Mom, but being as serious and reserved as they are, it's a surprise to most people, that they transform to drooling babies who want their bellies rubbed and ears ruffled. At 65#, my "baby" is hardly a lap dog, but that doesn't stop him from jumping onto my lap for a cuddle-session. He is ever so gentle when waking me in the morning. Careful not to tromple on me, he nudges the side of my face with his big old cold, wet nose. Oh yeah, and they do NOT give up until you do as they want. I have NO choice but to get out of bed!

If you are the proud Master of this wonderful specimen of dog, nothing that I've said has come as any surprise to you. 

And I haven't a single doubt you love him/her as much as I love mine, but never as much as they love US!   If you may have considered bringing a baby Border Collie into your family, I hope I've encouraged you to do some in-depth homework on this sensitive and intelligent breed, before signing on the dotted line.  Just as we humans are all unique, so too is the vast assortment of Man's Best Friend. 

Oh........Taz just reminded me to recommend a couple of great books that will give you all the information you could want.  He also said he'll read them to you if you'd like!

Your Border Collie's LIFE    Kim D.R. Dearth/Joanne Howl, D.V.M.

The BORDER COLLIE           TRACY LIBBY/Wayne Hunthausen, D.V.M.   

© 2011 Paula

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  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Chris......BC's can be very emotional and display sensitivities. I'm sure it's difficult for both of you. Just keep reassuring him. As long as you are together, he'll eventually adjust. The most important thing to him is YOU and being with you. Give him some time to understand that this transition will be just fine. Give him lots of love.

    Good luck. I love Flagstaff! It's a really nice area. Paula

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    Chris Mills 

    6 weeks ago from Flagstaff, AZ

    Paula, It finally came time to move. And it has broken poor Darby's heart. I knew it would be hard, but I didn't really understand. We moved from Missoula to Flagstaff. We are still in a hotel room while I look for long-term housing. It is so hard to look him in the eyes and see confusion and sadness. There are many parks here. And as soon as I get settled, we will go on some adventures. But in the meantime...those eyes.

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    Paula 

    6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Alan...Thanks so much for your informational addition to my comment section. Very interesting and helpful.

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    Alan R Lancaster 

    6 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

    Something else I remembered. I had a video cassette recording (remember them?) about a family who spent a summer in the Dales near Bainbridge. A sequence was shown in the film, of a border collie that took a fancy to one of the pies the farmer's wife had made. He leapt up to the window where he could see them stood cooling down, unlatched the window, opened it and leapt onto the window sill. He took his fill, leapt down again, turned and closed the window after him before sauntering off. I wouldn't advise encouraging this sort of prank as you don't know where it'll end.

    On a sadder note, a sheep farmer here was prosecuted after witnesses saw him hang his collie for not carrying out his instructions to his satisfaction. That's why we have the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and sadly they're over-stretched, under-funded and under-manned here.

    Ever see a film titled "Far From The Madding Crowd", with Julie Christie and Alan Bates? (Thomas Hardy book about life in 19th Century rural 'Wessex'). Bates is a self-supporting shepherd with two collies, one of which he castigates for some reason. In the night it works its tether free and herds the sheep over a cliff. His other collie is helpless, unable to wake him in time and he discovers the ewes' carcases on the rocks near his home. Needless to say he shoots the errant collie and takes the other on the road to find work elsewhere as a shepherd... bumping into Christie along the way and working his way into her confidence etc. Poignant tale, probably heard of by Hardy along his way through Dorset.

    We have many 'wall-eyed' (one blue, one brown) collies, and equally many blue-eyed - a throwback to their wolf origins - collies, which may account for their highly rated eye-sight.

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    Chris Mills 

    6 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

    This is what I needed to hear. I knew it, really. My first choice for any dog, is a mixed breed. They avoid the many negatives of a purebred. I responded to your article because I really am interested in a Border Collie, but have realized for a while, and you have reinforced it, that I need to look for a mixed breed dog that I can pick up from an animal shelter. I've seen mixed breed Border Collies before. I would be happy with one. I am absolutely committed to an eight hour a day job without interruption. My dog will need to be content in a crate until I get home. After that, I am his/hers. I'm very serious about that. Being a traveling contract worker, I have nothing else taking up my time....except writing. The dog would have a blast hanging out with me. But I would not submit a purebread Border Collie to eight plus hours in a crate. I'm not sure that a BC/Australian Shepherd would do much better. I'll keep watching for the right dog. Maybe a multi-mix would be better. I just want that companionship as I travel and as I hike.

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    Paula 

    6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Chris, I am so glad you are investigating Border Collies before committing to adopting one. This is not only wise but with this particular breed, quite necessary.

    I could ask you a long list of questions and also respond to your inquiries for hours. BUT, I seriously recommend you get a book devoted to all about this unique breed of dogs (if you don't want to buy one, just borrow from the library....but definitely learn ALL you can)

    Very honestly Chris, a Border Collie in a "crate" for even 2 or 3 hours is the worse possible thing that could happen to him/her. They are totally free, active spirits...hyper sensitive, hyper-active, incredibly intelligent "herders," bred from day one to move, run, concentrate and run some more. Please believe me, they are tireless, devoted and always "ON"...ready, willing and able to work, obey and please their master. They crave the outdoors, wide-open spaces, activity and need a job to do at all times. They despise being alone or even separated from their HUMAN, whom they adore and need to be with a LOT!

    You needn't take my word for it solely. Read about them as much as you can. Talk to anyone who has one or ever has....I refer to a pedigree BC..full-blooded. The only variations from this specific nature/personality "might" be if he/she is a mixed breed, but then of course, you don't have a 100% BC. That's up to you. It would also matter what "other breed" he/she is.

    For certain they are time consuming for their master. Their coat must be brushed at the very least 3 times a week. If they're not working, they want to play, run and herd even people! If you try to mow your lawn with him outside, he will circle you the entire time.........and I would dare you to try and stop him of that. It's their very nature. If you sit to relax, he will sit right next to you obediently. If you get up...he gets up....where ever you go, he's RIGHT there with you. Their hearing and vision is so acute they react to every single slight noise and follow any and all movement. I know how this sounds but it's all true. They're marvelous IF YOU HAVE THE TIME, PATIENCE AND DESIRE TO HAVE ONE. 8 hours in a crate? I would almost believe that would break his spirit and make him literally crazy. My boy had a crate he would sleep in, but I never closed the door. He would immediately get in it if I told him it was time for his nap but closing the door made him terribly upset and anxious. Because they're so obedient, he stayed in it until I called him out. If he felt he was in there too long, he'd let me know.

    I have one question. Do you have a job that would allow you to bring your BC with you? I know several people who work outdoor labor and bring their Collie with them. The only other thing I can tell you is that they only look like dogs, Chris.....BC's are really hairy 4-legged humans. If you can spend time with one (maybe a friend's BC) that would be smart. Gosh, I hope I haven't discouraged you but I'm telling the absolute truth. You'll realize this if you read a book written by an expert. Good Luck, Paula

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    Chris Mills 

    6 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

    Paula, This is not the article I came searching for, but it is a very timely and relevant article for me now. I am very seriously considering a Border Collie, have been for quite some time. I don't want to make a mistake here. I have the time for training every day. On weekends we will be hiking the wild places of Montana or wherever my travels take me. He will need to be content in a crate while I work for eight hours, but I am his after that. What do you think. Ask me anything.

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    Paula 

    5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kerri....Thanks for stopping by to read my Hub. FYI, there are several very well-written, informative hubs, right here on HP, that will provide you with a lot of tips and suggestions for raising a BC. No sense spending money on books, when these articles will tell you just as much as you might need to know.

    Whatever you want her to learn....you can easily train her to do. Believe me. BC's are eager to please and learn quickly and well. Yes, Prissy will be a loyal pet and although it seems she is interested only in you......this is because BC's will single out ONE individual to be their Master.....the person of their choice, btw!..LOL.......but will also be fond of others in the family and interact from time to time......like when you are not available. Good luck. You will never regret rescuing Prissy...

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    Kerri 

    5 years ago

    I've just rescued a baby(3 years old) Border Collie. I'm a SAHM with 2 children. So far really the only person she seems to care about is me and where I am at all times. Granted we are still getting to know our Prissy. She doesn't fetch, chase tennis balls or care for a Frisbee(which kinda bumed me out 2 kids later I needed an exercise buddy) I grew up with a Lab( we went duck, goose,quail, turkey) hunting so I amused to a working dog but I guess Prissy is going to be a loyal pet. Any ideas on what we can do to help her(I worry about health for her as well)

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    Elizabeth Parker 

    5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    I have a friend who adopts border collies and he said the personality of a duck toller is very similar to a border collie. I have pictures of Toffee on some of my hubs. There is one of my hubs called Interview with a Dog- Toffee and there's pics of her there. And yes, my dogs make me exercise daily too!!

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    Paula 

    5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I can see I need to google "duck toller." That's a new one on me. Busy as they keep me......I would be lost and lonely without my boys. At one point I thought I was too old for such a feisty breed, but the truth is, he's my personal trainer. I get fresh air and exercise, daily......like it or not!

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    Elizabeth Parker 

    5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    This is an awesome hub! Voted up and for all 5 categories. I love that you said Taz can hear you from the other room and you can't sneak up on him. That is too funny. I know exactly what you mean. My duck toller is the same way, highly energetic, smart as a whip and drives us crazy...but we love her anyway. You're right- exercise is SO important. It's the one thing that can make them behave just a little better. Thanks for posting this-very well-written!

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    Paula 

    5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Alocsin! You left this 4 weeks ago? I am so sorry....I didn't even know. SNAKES??!! Yikes! I'll take a rain check on dinner at your house!!! LOL!!

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    Paula 

    5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks midget......Taz likes to "work"...he's a tireless worker bee! He supervises my grandchildren out side.....if they walk further than he thinks they should, he will circle them continuously until he herds them back where he wants them!! Seriously! LOL......I have to keep him in the house when my husband mows the yard on his riding mower....or Taz will circle him for an hour, until my husband drives it back into the garage....Taz comes prancing out of the garage as if without him, the tractor would have never been put away!!! LOL We love him........Thanks Midget.

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    Michelle Liew 

    5 years ago from Singapore

    Now this is a beautiful, active dog!! Say hi to Taz for me. He is a darling!! Yes, they are on top of the list of very active breeds. For myself, I love a dog which likes to play.Taz and I will get along! Thanks for sharing and I am passing it on!

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    alocsin 

    5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Sounds like a wonderful and cuddly pet. I'm partial to snakes myself. Perhaps not as lovable, but just as warm and easier to take care of. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Keith.....Oh, He is a total lover-boy......he will jump into my husbands lap and literally snuggle his nose into his neck like a human baby! We also have an American Cocker Spaniel....(our 2 fur babies couldn't be less alike...but they make a funny pair of brothers!!) Our cocker is a big baby too......he wants to cuddle all the time.! Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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    KDuBarry03 

    6 years ago

    This is such a gem! I absolutely love Border Collies! LOL those cuddle sessions sound awesome! I watched many videos on big sized to medium sized dogs jumping on their owner's lap, expecting to be pet and hugged LOL Glad to see you and Taz have an awesome relationship :)

    Give Taz an extra cuddle session from me! :)

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    l-m-y......Depends on who you ask. I firmly believe if we choose to bring a pet into our home and our life, they are to be "members of our family." ....in terms of care and concern.

    I did have the 2-legged kind....and when they were still at home, they were responsible for the pets. Once they all made their way in the world, apparently I had not depleted my maternal instincts.....and needed 2 dogs and 2 cats. Go figure.

    Better that we are accused of being a bit off the charts with our pets than to be seen as neglectful pet owners. I'm not fond at all of people who mistreat animals.......I'm sure you feel the same! have a great day.

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    love my yorkies 

    6 years ago from way out west

    Life style change dictated new choice of dog breed. Yes, I agree completely. We don't treat them like dogs or pets, they become part of our family and treat them as such. Sometimes I do wonder tho if this a good thing to treat them as such. I do try to let my dogs be dogs, but yes, I do consider them my "kids" as I was not blessed with the two legged kind of my own. So, sometimes I figure I'm over compensating, but that's ok I guess! I love my dogs and take care of them and that's all that matters!

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    love my yorkies.....I can truly appreciate how much you must have loved Joey. I'm glad to hear she was rescued by someone who gave her all that love. Of COURSE she felt like a human...this is how we treat them!!

    You really went with a completely different type of dog afterwards, I see.

    Wishing you and your "kids" a great summer!

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    love my yorkies 

    6 years ago from way out west

    Before I got my two yorkies, I had a border collie. She passed away just last year at the age of 14 and I had rescued her from a shelter when she was just 6 weeks old. Josette, or Joey for short, was so full of life and so loving. I loved her so much and was very grateful for the time I got to have her in my life. She is still missed and I think of her often. Of course, she didn't realize she was a dog, she thought she was a human.

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    dahoglund.....They definitely are "workr" dogs nd like to keep busy. The "herding" is continual, but can be funny. Taz MUST stay in the house when Dad is riding the mower. He will circle him for hours on end, until it's driven back into the gargae, where of course, our dog thinks HE HAS LEAD IT TO!!! lol

    rlion.....I guess one word says it all for you. Thank you!

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    rlion 

    6 years ago

    agreed

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I know some of this about Border Collies. We had one that was half border collie and half German shepherd. Great dog but not for old folks like my wife and me. Because they are intelligent they get bored and make up things to do. They tend to herd the family around to where they think they should be. Ours also played tricks like putting stuff in my boots. At that time the Border Collie was not a recognized breed. A friend of mine was against it being recognized because they would change it.

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    very interesting. I did not know this. Thanks!

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    Alan R Lancaster 

    6 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

    Whereas the Border has to keep quiet on duty and steer clear of the animals - not to 'run the meat off them' - the Aussie is both vocal and up close and personal, riding on their backs at times, going by what I've seen on their films or docu-dramas. At the same time, however, they've got something like ten or twenty times the number of sheep to control than your average Border's got.

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks stylezink....You're good for Taz's EGO! Aussie's are closely related and I'm sure just as smart! Yes, the eyes are piercing....when they focus, their eyes are literally GLUED to the subject. And this explains their lightening speed reactions. Appreciate your visits!!

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    stylezink 

    6 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

    Great hub on border collies. A person I know has 5 of them. They are wonderful dogs and super smart. I remember this one time at a dog park with them their owner yelled, "let's go black and whites!" all 5 of them came running over the hill towards the gate. It was amazing to watch. There focus when learning is awesome to watch as well. If you watch a border's eyes closely you can see them telling you something. They are great dogs! I own an aussie, I swear she has the personality of a border though. Thanks for sharing this hub, I really enjoyed it!

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    alancaster149....So happy to have you!! Thanks for your wonderful comment. The reality is, if I were to go on and on about this dog and the THINGS he does, my friends would begin to make the "this girl is looney" gestures, behind my back. Seriously. SUPER intelligent is an understatement. This collie of mine understands Spanish! While helping my grandson with his homework, I said, "Donde esta el coche?" (where is the car?) The damned dog pushed the screen door open and ran to sit beside my car as he barked! Don't believe me, do you? See what I mean?? I'd be better off to just say he's a dumb mutt I picked up from the side of the road!! Yes, Border Collies are quite popular here. Especially where I live in the rural areas. Come visit again please.

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    Alan R Lancaster 

    6 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

    Is there a big following for Border Collies in your neck of the woods? I shouldn't wonder. One year when I took Kath and the kids - including Suzy - up north we went to watch a local shepherd who uses his dogs for demonstrating his and their skills. This was close to Hardraw near Hawes in upper Wensleydale. He takes his dogs to the States, Canada and around other parts of the Commonwealth as well, I believe, controlling up to three dogs at a time with differently pitched whistles. So they have to learn to listen for their own signals. I've also heard they see 'in colour', which explains why they're used as search dogs after disasters such as earthquakes, and can 'lift' sheep in the snow after blizzards when they've taken shelter in the lee of high dry stone walls. Nice writing. I've got an 'adopted' collie on one of my hubs, THE SWALEDALE CIRCUIT.We had a Border Collie-sized Shetland Sheepdog called Max - he was Kath's dog before we met - who was still learning new tricks a long time after we got to 'know one another'. One I got him to remember was 'shaking hands', remembering left from right!

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sharyn...My sister had poodles (standard,from Germany) and they WERE incredibly smart! I appreciate your comments as always. Just returned home from being away for 11 days and I'm being mauled & kissed to death....& not by humans!!

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    Sharon Smith 

    6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Great hub Paula,

    I love the humor throughout too. My last dog was a toy poodle and I really thought he was incredibly smart and human like. But I won't argue which is smarter. He was perfect for me. I believe my Dad's dog Shadow is part Border Collie that he got from a shelter. He's an awesome dog. Thank you and TazMan for a great read!

    Sharyn

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Miss Lil'Atlanta....Certainly I would not argue with you! We notice that our boy actually LISTENS to conversations and reacts to words being said. It's as bad as having to "watch what you say in front of the kids!!!" LOL

    I pay no attention to what "people say" anymore about dog intelligence. In my opinion, if they've never known a B.C....they have not met the GENIUS of CANINES. Period, the end.

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    Miss Lil' Atlanta 

    7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Oh yeah, and when it comes to Border Collies and kids. Although it seems to me now that "most" Border Collies I have met are wonderful with kids, this is still not entirely true either... Usually, this more so applies for Border Collies with "very" strong herding insticts though. Thankfully, my BC doesn't herd too many children, but he does insanely herd other dogs (besides other Border Collies) and inanimate objects. Lol, My pup herds my dog (seemingly no matter what) in every which way he can. He gets so crazy into it, it's like he has literally an evil alter ego. lol

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    Miss Lil' Atlanta 

    7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I'm a first time Border Collie owner, and just got my puppy a few months ago. After getting my current little boy I have to "by far" say that Border Collies in every way, shape, and form are the smartest breed of dog hands down.

    I mean, yes a Border Collie that is slightly on the "lower-end of smarts" for the breed, might not be as bright as an incredibley intelligent German Shepherd per-sai. That being said, that's a rare thing to see.

    Without a doubt, "anyone" who says that "any" other breed of dog is "anywhere" close to being as smart as Border Collies is either (A) Biased, (B) Misinformed, or (C) Just Stupid. I mean, after owning my Border Collie, it still utterly shocks me how bright one dog can be.

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you! You and your family were wise and so unselfish to give your adoptee to a place where she could be happy and thrive! Bless your heart! Arf!

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    Cloverleaf 

    7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Hi there fpherj48, I absolutely love border collies! Growing up we adopted a border collie for a while but she had just way to much energy for us to look after her properly so we found an amazing farm for her to work on instead. It was wonderful to visit her and watch her work with the sheep! The are very hardworking and great with kids, too. Thumbs up!

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Cogerson....My son has had 3 Labs....2 choc, 1 yellow...WONDERFUL family dogs! Gentle, protective and playful. Have fun checking out all the hundreds of different dogs with your girls. Kids have a natural instinct when it comes to making their choice. As a child, we always had one mutt or another that my Dad would "rescue" and carry home...and we loved every one of them like family! It's no accident they're called, "Man's Best Friend."

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    UltimateMovieRankings 

    7 years ago from Virginia

    Great information on Border Collies...I love the name Taz...especially what it is short for....I have always wanted to get a collie.....my two dogs are labrador retrievers but they are both already in double digits....so I am thinking about the next dog....that our daughters can grow up with......just have to talk the wife into another dog...my little girls have my back on this decision...lol. Voted up and interesting.

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ken...It's always nice to hear from YOU....speaking of TALENT!

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    Kenneth Avery 

    7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Dear fpherj48, GREAT hub. Anytime a hubber writes a true story about their dog, Im there. Thanks for your wonderful talent. I mean that.

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you for stopping by Diana Lee....sister-dog-lover! What breed is your baby?

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    Diana L Pierce 

    7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    Very nice dog, but then I'm a dog lover.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    E.S.P.

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks so much tillsontitan. Taz thanks you too. They are a beautiful-looking animal and all that HAIR is a part of their special look. a Min Pin? Miniature Pincher (sp?) Buzz Lightyear....great name!

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    Mary Craig 

    7 years ago from New York

    Great hub. I've always admired Border Collies for their looks and personality. However, as you mention I can't deal with the brush, brush, brush so tormented myself with a Min Pin - Buzz Lightyear. I really enjoyed your hub. Voted up as it is also well written.

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I swear you are hiding out in a corner of my hubpages, just waiting to pounce on my latest hub!! You slay me Sunshine! You're such a GEM! Thanks as always for your comments and support.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I got you by 3 minutes this time! Haha! Wonderful story about your buddy!! I like his name....I actually have a BFF penpal that lives in Tasmania, Australia!! Maybe one day Foxy and Taz could meet ... one never knows! :)

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