Border Collie

Obsessed with their livestock, the Border Collie is a popular farm worker but also a family companion and talented show dog.
Border Collie Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


18-23 Inches


30-45 Lbs.


10-17 Years

Border Collie Information

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.

Breed Identification


Black, Blue Merle, And Sable, Marked With Varying Amounts Of White And/or Tan



Breed Care


Every day


More than an hour per day


Follicular Dysplasia, Optic Nerve Coloboma, Hip Dysplasia

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