Dog breeds / Border Collie


Other names Scottish Sheep Dog, English Sheep dog
Coat smooth or rough double coat
Colors solid coloured, bicoloured or tricoloured on blue merle, red merle, chocolate merle, liver, lilac merle harlequin, chocolate, lilac, blue, sable merle, sable, shaded sable, chocolate sable, black, white, red, or brindle.

The Border Collie is very smart and aware of its surroundings. It is able to be taught tricks and trained to an excellent level. They are hardworking dogs, and thrive to be praised for doing well. These dogs are sometimes used in competitive sports because they show great agility skills, obedience, herding abilities, and are good at retrieval. When used in these sports, they often excel. For people who wish to do these competitive sports with a dog, the Border Collie is an excellent choice. Farmers also enjoy the companionship of Border Collies because they work well with herding animals.

The Border Collie is highly energetic, and can run and play all day long, provided they get plenty of activity to keep them occupied. Border Collies will get along quite well with other dogs and small kids, but they may be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex if you are not showing strong leadership with them. They should not be trusted with smaller dogs, but they often get along well with cats.

They are not recommended for apartment life, as they are energetic and prefer to live outside on large acres of land. They will do fine in a kennel, as long as they have plenty of exercise.

Stats & Characteristics

Country of origin United Kingdom
Height male 20-23″
Height female 18-21″
Weight male 30-45 lbs
Weight female 30-45 lbs
Popularity rank ? 44
Intelligence ?
Intelligence rank ? 1
Shedding ?
Grooming Moderate maintenance
Energy level High energy
Exercise Needs High
Playfulness Very playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Watchdog High
Protection ability Moderately protective
Good with dogs Friendly
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
Life span 10 – 14 years

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