The Border Collie - Energetic, Fun and Extremely Smart!
If are looking for a hiking or walking companion then look no further…the Border Collie just might be the dog for you! The Border Collie was developed in Great Britain, bred to herd sheep and other livestock. To this day, the Border Collie continues to help farmers and is not only a popular herding dog…but a trusted companion as well.
This wonderful and energetic breed is medium in size, lithe and muscular. They come in several colors including black and white (which is the most popular color combination), brown and white, and red or blue merle. They stand 18 to 23 inches in height, weigh 30 to 50 pounds and live approximately 10 to 14 years.
Very Energetic Dogs!
Border Collies are EXTREMELY energetic; therefore, they need an energetic owner (couch potatoes need not apply!). They can be one of the most demanding breeds as they need a lot of mental stimulation in order to remain happy and healthy. Many people that own Border Collies enroll their pets in agility classes and tournaments (such as fly-ball, obstacle course, and Frisbee catching). If bored, the Border Collie can develop neurotic behaviors such as tail chasing and excessive barking. They can also become destructive (say goodbye to your couch cushions!). If you do not enjoy long walks (or any type of exercise for that matter) it would be best to choose a different dog breed.
Two Coat Types Available
Border Collies come in two different coat types….smooth and long coated. Border Collies with smooth coats require less care (a once weekly grooming session should be sufficient). Border Collies with long coats should be groomed DAILY as their hair can quickly become matted and dirty if ignored. Special attention should be paid to the hair behind the ears and under the tail as these areas tend to form mats quickly.
One of the questions people tend to ask when looking for a dog is "Are they good family dogs?" While that is a great question to ask...in the case of this particular breed, the question should be…"Are you a good Border Collie family!?" Does your family have time for such an energetic breed? Does your family like to go camping, walking and hiking? Is your family looking for a dog in which to include on family trips and outings? Does your family enjoy participating in dog related events such as Frisbee tournaments? If you answered "Yes" to the above questions…then by all means…you have a Border Collie friendly family! Unfortunately, many people underestimate the amount of time that Border Collies need and they end up with an unhappy, often destructive pooch. Think long and hard before getting a Border Collie!
As for health problems, the Border Collie is generally a healthy breed. However, they have been known to develop hip, joint and eye problems. If you are getting a Border Collie to help you on your farm then you should have his eyes tested and hips "scored." It is also a good idea to have a hearing test performed as well.
Border Collies are generally good with other pets, however, it should be noted that their strong herding instinct can present problems. Don't be surprised if your Border Collie constantly tries to "round-up" your cat or constantly circles your toy poodle! They mean no harm…they are simply doing what comes naturally! If you would like to add a keen, loyal, energetic, alert, loyal and friendly companion to your family…by all means, consider the Border Collie! These Extremely intelligent dogs will add joy and love to your life! Again…please, no couch potatoes!
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