These super intelligent herding dogs are one of the nation's favourite breeds thanks to their hard working, lively personalities. Collies are working dogs at heart and thrive off activity and having a job to do, this coupled with their speed of learning make them one of the most popular choices as sheep herders across the world. Thanks to this desire to work, Collies are increasingly becoming a popular choice in other sectors such as pets for therapy and as sniffer dogs.
|Also known as||Collie or Scottish sheepdog|
|Typical lifespan||Between 10 - 14 years|
|Height range||48 - 56 cm (Male)|
48 - 56 (Female)
|Average weight||14 - 20 kg (Male)|
12 - 19 kg (Female)
|Coat types||Smooth, Dense, Thick, Combination in length, Long coats|
Tendancy to bark
Tendancy to chew
Tendancy to drool
Good for first times
Good with kids
Good with strangers
Good with animals
As their name suggests, Border Collies originate from the border counties between England and Scotland and England and Wales, where they were bred to protect and herd livestock. The term Border Collie was first used in 1915 to differentiate the breed from other Collies that were already established such as the Rough and Smooth Collie.
The breed quickly gained attention and popularity for its notable intelligence and natural talent for herding. A Border Collie from Northumberland called Old Hemp won several top herding competitions in the late 1800s and it was his style and intelligence that became the desired standard for the breed. As such Old Hemp became a popular stud dog and in fact all modern day Border Collies can trace their ancestry back to him. The Border Collie became a recognised breed in 1977.
In order to be a responsible owner to a Border Collie you should be able to provide the dogs with all of these requirements.
Needs a home that is medium, large or very large
The outdoor space should be large or acerage
Requires regular daily exercise of at least thirty minutes.
Shouldn’t be left alone for any longer than four hours.
Doesn’t need much grooming at all, once a month should be fine.