Origin and characteristics

The Border Collie’s ancestors have been around since humans first began using dogs to help guard and herd sheep.  The Border Collie breed was developed to gather and control sheep in the hilly border country between Scotland and England. Border Collies are still used today to herd sheep on farms and ranches around the world.

They are full of energy and stamina, so they require lots of exercise and stimulation.

Border Collies are well known for being affectionate and intelligent dogs. they are very easy to train. They can be very child friendly, when properly trained and looked after. Whilst making the perfect working dog, they’re also well known for their loyalty and thrive on company which makes them a very popular family dog.

Their intelligence and high energy level means that they need plenty of exercise, minimum 2 hours a day. They can make for great family companions, so long as they get a lot of physical and mental stimulation. Border Collies like to be busy; they thrive on activity.

They learn so quickly that it’s sometimes difficult to keep them challenged. They are not cuddly lapdogs; they need a job to keep them busy.

They need an experienced owner who can give them the attention and exercise they require.

This is not a breed you can leave at home alone whilst you go to work. They are incredible sensitive and loyal and can get extremely anxious when left alone.

They are best suited to live in an environment with lots of space; securely fenced yard, or a country farm or ranch.

It is recommended to feed high quality dry food, twice a day to help maintaining their energy levels.

  • Lifespan: 12+ Years

  • Size: up to 56 cm

  • Weight: 12- 20 kg

  • Breed group: pastoral

  • Coat: waterproof double coat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

The Border Collie breed has two varieties of coat: rough and smooth. Both are double coats, with a coarser outer coat and soft undercoat. The rough variety is medium length with feathering on the legs, chest, and belly.

His weather-resistant double coat needs weekly brushing to keep coat oils well distributed, and to prevent matting in the rough variety.

How to manage shedding?

More frequent brushing during shedding season is a good idea to minimize hair shed around the house. Bathe only as needed — about every four months or when if they are really dirty or smell bad.

Owners don’t need to worry about excessive grooming. It is recommended to brush weekly to keep natural oils well distributed which keeps their coat waterproof. During shedding season, you may want to brush more regularly to reduce the amount of dog hair in the house.

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