The Border Collie’s obsession is their livestock work.
Ranking as one of the most intelligent dog breeds, Border Collies are also used successfully as therapy dogs and guide dogs for the blind.
The Border Collie is a popular farm worker, family companion, and talented show dog. Border Collies are medium-sized, exceptionally athletic, and possess great endurance.
An extremely sensitive breed, the Border Collie thrives on human interaction. Border Collies do best in a home with older considerate children.
Border Collie Exercise Needs
Border Collies require more exercise than most — if not all — dog breeds. While working, a Border Collie can run several miles each day herding livestock.
Border Collie Health Issues
Highly stimulating exercises or activities can cause “Border Collie Collapse,” a condition with no diagnostic tests. A Border Collie could herd hours each day while running miles with no issues then suffer Border Collie Collapse from the excitement of chasing a ball.
Other known issues to affect the Border Collie are Follicular Dysplasia, Optic Nerve Coloboma, and Hip Dysplasia.
Border Collie Training
Border Collies are highly trainable, even competing in dog dancing competitions.
Border Collie Grooming
The Border Collie comes in two coat varieties: rough or smooth. The undercoat is dense, short, and soft. The rough coat variety has fur of medium length.
Border Collies are average shedders. The Border Collie requires weekly brushing.