Level: High - Very high
Highly intelligent, with an instinctive tendency to work and
is readily responsive to training. Its keen, alert and eager expression
add to its intelligent appearance, whilst its loyal and faithful
nature demonstrates that it is at all times kindly disposed towards
stock. Any aspect of structure or temperament foreign to a working
dog is uncharacteristic.
for: Working homes, Active people & families.
Boredom can lead to behaviour problems, nuisance barker, car
chaser, digger, etc.
12 - 15 yrs
Dogs 48-53 cm (approx. 19-21 ins)
Bitches 46-51 cm (approx. 18-20 ins)
Black and white, blue and white, chocolate and white,
red and white, blue merle and the tri-colour black, tan and white.
In each case the basic body colour must predominate and be the background
colour of the dog.
Double coated, with a moderately long, dense, medium textured
topcoat while the undercoat is short, soft and dense, making a weather
resisting protection, with abundant coat to form mane, breeching
and brush. On face, ear tips, forelegs (except for feather), hind
legs from hock to ground, the hair is short and smooth.
Appearance: Medium sized, well proportioned dog, the
smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and perfect balance,
combined with sufficient substance to ensure that it is capable
of enduring long periods of active duty in its intended task as
a working sheep dog. Any tendency to coarseness or weediness is
The Border Collie was developed
for herding sheep in the border countries of England, Scotland and
Wales. They were once known as the English Shepherd. The word Collie
is believed to be a corruption of the words 'colley' or ' coalie'
meaning a black-faced sheep.
Border Collies are always ready
to work, attentive, lively and alert. They will form a very close
bond with their owner and family but, unless given plenty of time
and exercise, are not ideal pets for a family with very young children
as it is in their nature to herd anything that moves - your children
included! They are totally devoted to their master and will follow
him/her to the ends of the earth! They are extremely intelligent
and always eager to please, which makes them easy to train. They
excel in obedience and sheepdog trials. They make great pets and
are happy in family life with energetic kids to keep them occupied.
easy to maintain providing theyare brushed once a week and any tangles
dealt with on a regular basis. The feathering down the front legs
and tail should be trimmed when necessary.
these dogs thrive on hard work and play. They love to swim. These
dogs MUST have plenty of exercise to keep them well-muscled and
to keep their brains occupied. Failure to do this can result in
the Border becoming extremely badly behaved and aggressive.
This breed is generally hardy but some can suffer from Ceroid Lipofuscin
sis (CL), CEA (commonly known as Collie Eye) which are both inherited
diseases and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and also some joint
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