Border collie

Border Collie information

Border Collies are part of the pastoral group. Farmers have trained them to herd sheep for many years.
Border Collies are between 18 to 22 inches height and their life expectancy varies from 12 to 14 years old.

Border Collie characteristics

The coat of Border Collies is often bi-color: black and white or chocolate and white. Their coat can also be tricolor : black, tan and white or chocolate, tan and white.

Border Collie temperament

Border Collies are very intelligent and need a lot of stimulation. Therefore, it is important to give them proper training. As all working dogs, they are fast learners and perform very well in agility classes. Having been used for many years in farms to herd livestock, Border collies require a lot of physical activities. They enjoy long walks as well as playing and retrieving toys. Border Collies who are not given enough exercise will go self-employed and start herding people or other animals in the household. Such behaviors can quickly turn into aggression as Border Collies have been trained to lead animal biting their ankles.

Border Collie training

It is very important that the Border Collie understands very early the acceptable behaviors, this to avoid your dog herding children, bicycles, etc... This can be only achieved with time and adequate training.

Border Collies can be very protective of their owners. On the one hand, this character trait makes them good in working close to their owner but, on the other hand, it can be a source of aggression. Therefore, an early socialization with other people and dogs is crucial.

Border Collies are very active and need constant mental stimulation. Because of their high level of energy, Border Collies love to take part into their owners activities. They usually perform very well in agility classes, being able to run fast and jump high, and owners enjoy bringing them to agility shows.

Border Collie food habits

A Border Collie's diet should be established according to its lifestyle. Working dogs with high level of exercise requires more proteins and nutrients.

It is important to feed Border Collies with good quality food and in good proportions.

Border Collie health

A few genetic disease are common in the breed: hip Dysplasia, Collie eye anomaly and epilepsy. Collie eye anomaly usually does not affect too much the dog vision. Some DNA test can now tell breeders if the dog is affected by the disease. The best way to evidence hip dysplasia on a dog is by carrying a radiograph examination of the dog. A good selection of the dogs by the Border Collie breeder will also help in avoiding a perpetuation of the disease. Unfortunately, this is not always guaranteed as some healthy dogs can carry the genetic anomaly.

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