The Border Collie dog breed is fantastic for training and having a lot of fun. Their unique past makes them very focused and intelligent dogs. When we look at the Border Collie breeds’ history we notice that they developed in Great Britain. The Border Collie was bred on the border of Scotland and England. This is how the breed got its’ name “BORDER” Collie. This area on the border of Scotland and England was called Northumberland.
Additionally, they were bred in this region to help herd sheep. One of the most effective tools for this breed is their intense stare. This is what helped the Border Collie keep sheep from wandering off. This took place throughout the 1900’s before the breed became more popular. Now the breed has become one of the most popular dogs in the United States and Europe.
Is the Border Collie for you?
The Border Collie dog breed is one of the most intelligent. They want to learn new things more than a lot of other dog breeds. This makes them easier to train but, just because they are easy to train doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be done. With their curious minds this makes them more eager to learn new commands. Think of the Border Collie as a smart kid in school. They want to learn new things and material they already know becomes boring. The obedience and intelligence makes them one of the favorite breeds at dog shows in many countries.
Another major characteristic to take into consideration when getting a Border Collie is their energy. Border Collies used to roam the fields all day working to keep sheep in line. This carries over to the modern day where they are also extremely energetic. When deciding on the breed you want it is important to know how much energy they have. If you don’t then your dog might not get enough exercise. This could lead to unwanted behaviors such as chewing furniture, barking, or growling. So if you do get a Border Collie understanding that you will have to take them out to exercise a LOT is very important.
Lastly, the Border Collie has a double coat of fur and they will shed quite a bit. This will typically happen seasonally and is a factor that dog owners need to take into consideration. During the hot summer expect your Collie to lose a lot of fur and then grow it back during the Winter time. Despite the shedding and required exercise Border Collie’s intelligence makes them great dogs and a very playful companion. They can live in smaller living environments as long as you have some space to exercise and play with them.
Based on these characteristics, we give the Border Collie a rating of 8.5 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
The Border Collie that most people know has a fur color of black and white. While this the most common colors for Border Collies these are not the only colors that distinguish them. Other color varieties can contain blue or even a chocolate color. As for their size they fall somewhere in the middle when we look at all the breeds. Their height will range anywhere from 18-22 inches or about 1.5 to almost 2 feet tall. Border Collies will typically weigh between 25 and 45 pounds making them a little bit heavier than a breed like the Beagle.
The Border Collie really knows how to listen and be man’s best friend. For more unexperienced owners with some time on their hands the Border Collie could be an ideal fit. They can learn things very quickly with the proper training. Make sure to gain a general knowledge about dog training before purchasing any dog. There’s a reason that they are always at dog shows and that is a credit to their intelligence. If you treat your Border Collie with respect and kindness you will have a great friend to spend time with.