General description: Medium sized herding dog from the UK, the border collie was developed to work sheep as well as other livestock, often at great distances to the shepherd who uses whistle and voice commands to direct one or more dogs and move the herd. As well as herding, border collies excel in a variety of dog sports and are known for their intelligence, drive and stamina.
Temperament: Border collies can make excellent pets for active households, however they do require proper socialization as a young puppy to be happy family members. They are the workaholics of the dog world and will often play fetch for hours with whoever is willing to throw – if there isn’t a toy they’ll find something. They are easily trained and thrive on having a job to do, owners who do not provide a job may find their border collie will find a job to make himself useful, such as herding the family cat!
Height: Males 19-22″ Females 18-21″
Colour: Most are black and white, however they may come in any color pattern with or without white; white should not predominate.
Coat: Smooth or rough coated, occasional brushing, moderate shedding. Ears and feet may require neatening.
Feeding: High quality kibble diet or raw
Activity level: High energy, like to be kept busy both physically and mentally. Obedience classes are a must. Border collies excel in agility, obedience, flyball as well as herding and more. They thrive on both a physical and mental workout and may be more intelligent than their owners!