Border Collie

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 asCollie or Scottish sheepdog
TypeKC Pedigree
Typical lifespanBetween 10 - 14 years
Height range48 - 56 cm (Male)
48 - 56 (Female)
Average weight14 - 20 kg (Male)
12 - 19 kg (Female)
Coat typesSmooth, Dense, Thick, Combination in length, Long coats
Lifetime cost£20000

Important to know

General health

Obesity risk

Excercise needs

Energy level





Tendancy to bark

Tendancy to chew

Tendancy to drool

Prey drive

Good for first times

Good with kids

Good with strangers

Good with animals

Dig a little deeper

Where did I come from?

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.

Border Collie

Owner Requirements

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.