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Border Collie

Alert. Energetic. Intelligent. Border Collies are the workaholics of the dog world. They thrive on rural properties where they are skilled livestock herders and enthusiastic family pets.

With never a dull moment in sight, Border Collies are the perfect addition to any farming estate.

Where I'm From

Most of today's pedigree Border Collies are thought to have originated from a congenial and trainable sheep herding stud called Old Hemp, born in Scotland in 1893 and bred by Adam Tefler. The herding dogs soon developed a reputation as intelligent, hard workers that easily understood commands as well as for their calm and focused demeanours.

Old Hemp's descendants, which greatly influenced today's Border Collie bloodlines, entered Australia in the early 20th Century and were bred with earlier imported sheepdogs. Since then Border Collies have earned their keep as livestock drivers and fantastic pets throughout Australia.

What I Look Like

Most often a distinctive black-and-white colour, Border Collies can also be found in chocolate-and-white, tan-and-white, mixed merle and other related shades. They can be medium to longhaired with a thick double coat.

The Australian working dog variety of Border Collie are mainly shorthaired and adaptable to the harsh Australian climate and terrain.

How I Act

Border Collies are extremely smart and benefit from obedience training alongside socialisation from a very young age. Able to work vigorously over long periods of time, Border Collies love mental and physical challenges, and appreciate reward from their human handlers. They will do almost anything for their beloved master but need a strong authority to keep any mischievous streaks in check. Rigorous exercise and doggie sports are a fantastic way to keep them healthily occupied.

As a herding dog, Border Collies' instinct is to gather their flock. If this flock does not include sheep and cattle, people and especially young children are in danger of getting their heels nipped to keep them in line!

Far from a couch potato, Border Collies are sturdy dogs made for hard farm work. They have a lot of energy and if kept as city pets need at least one hour of exercise per day as well as regular participation in dog sports to stay in shape and intellectually challenged. Border Collies can become destructive, especially in urban homes, if left too long to their own devices without any work or company.

Border Collies do not suit a laid-back family with small children looking for a stay-at-home dog.

Looking After Me

Border Collies are a relatively healthy breed. However, some ailments that could cause concern as they age include hip dysplasia, deterioration of eyesight and allergies. It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy's parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

Life expectancy is between 10-15 years.

Border Collies are not particularly fussy eaters. They thrive on a high-quality, high protein diet and should be fed twice a day.

Depending on length of their double coat, Border Collies need to be brushed a couple times a week. Longhaired varieties require more attention and grooming. Shorthaired work dogs are able to get away with being a little rougher around the edges and only require a weekly groom.

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