Border Collie Dog Breed Information

Border Collie Quick Facts
Border Collie
Breed Group: Herding
Origen: UK - Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
Weight: 30-45 lbs
Height: 18-23 inches
Color(s): Black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan

Border Collie Appearance

The Border Collie is a medium-sized breed with strong bone. It is the classic farm dog. His body is slightly longer than it is tall. His oval eyes show keen intelligence. The medium sized ears are set well apart, either carried erect or semi-erect. His tail is set and carried low must of the time. The Border Collie is considered at work when is crouched down, his tail is tucked between legs, and his eyes are firmly fixed on the job to do. When shows a wagging tail usually indicates that the dog is excited and not concentrated on work at the moment.

The Border Collie double coats vary from slick to lush, and come in many colors. The most common colors are black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan. The weight of the Border Collie is around 30-45 pounds; and the height is around 18-23 inches.

Border Collie Temperament

Border Collies are among the most intelligent and obedient breeds. They are a bundle of mental and physical energy. This breed has an instinctive desire to work closely and intensely with a human handler. If given enough exercise is a dependable and loyal companion. Without a job could be destructive and harmful. They are very protective toward strangers and tend to chase other animals. These athletic, working dogs are extremely agile and need to have hours of exercise each day. They need to run, and they need a purpose. They love to play outdoor games like fly ball, and are considered Frisbee champions.

Is Border Collie the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Border Collie is very alert, easy to train and very work oriented. They need to occupy his mind in a very useful training. To avoid behavioral problems is recommended a lot of physical and mental activity every day. The Border Collie will get alone well with other dogs, and pets if the required amount of daily exercise is provided. He makes an ideal family dog for the grown family, but is not best suited to be along with small children. They have a strong herding instinct and will try to herd anything, including children. It can live outdoors in temperate to cold climate but enjoys been with its family inside as well. The Border Collie is not recommended for apartment life. They are very active indoors and do best in a house with a fence but be careful as they can jump over a six foot fence if they decide it's worth the trouble.

Border Collie Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Border Collie is around 10-14 years.

Border Collie Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. The major concerns are CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), Hip dysplasia and Collie eye anomaly. They are also prone to deafness, seizures, hypothyroidism, OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans) and lens luxation.

Border Collie Care and Grooming

The Border Collie coat is relatively easy to groom; as long as the tangles are deal with on a regular basis. He demand exercise for his muscles just as much as for its brain. Brush with a firm bristle brush twice a week, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Border Collie Shedding

The Border Collie is an average shedder, and therefore is not well suited to allergy sufferers.