Border Collie Dog Breed

Running Border Collie
  • Other Names:
  • Ci Defaid
  • Scottish Sheep Dog
  • Welsh Sheep Dog

The Border Collie is a medium sized dog breed which was bred in early Britain to help herd sheep. The breed is extremely intelligent and has a strong working drive which makes the breed easy to train and highly skilled in many agility sports.

Border collies have high energy and stamina with a workaholic attitude. They need both mental and physical tasks to keep them occupied, so if you're looking for companion to relax on the couch this is not the breed. Because of this the breed is recommended for active owners and is ideal for anyone interested in agility sports such as frisbee throwing and agility courses.

Border Collie Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred12-15 yrs.18-22 in.27-45 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
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Below are the characteristics and traits for the border collie breed.

Border Collie Breed Description

As a medium sized dog breed, border collies weigh between 30 to 45 pounds and are 18-22 inches tall from ground to shoulder. Their size is small enough that they are agile and perfect for most apartments and condos, but large enough that they are sturdy unlike smaller fragile breeds.

Border collies are a very intelligent dog breed. It is important that owners keep their dog mentally entertained with tasks, tricks, and other activities to prevent the breed from entertaining themselves with unwanted or destructive habits. Even though border collies are easy to train, they can be stubborn at times and can be a bit shy toward strangers. Because of this it's recommended to socialize them at a young age. The breed does get along with children and other pets, but they may attempt to herd them which may upset smaller kids.

The border collie's coat is fairly easy to care for. It is weather resistant and doesn't shed heavily. It is recommended to brush the coat weekly to prevent it from becoming matted. The breed has high exercise requirements and will require multiple walks daily (especially if an inside dog) to meet their exercise needs. Lack of adequate exercise can lead to hyperactivity.

Border Collie Coloring

Below are common border collie coat colors.

Border Collie Photos

Below are pictures of the Border Collie dog breed.

Border Collie
Border Collie
Border Collie Dog Breed
Red Merle Border Collie
Red Border Collie
Blue Merle Border Collie
White & Black Border Collie
White & Blue Merle Border Collie
White & Black Border Collie
Running Border Collie

Border Collie Health

Below are health issues and concerns most common in Border Collies

  • Allergies
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Border Collie Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Border Collie as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
  • The American Int. Border Collie Registry
  • The American Border Collie Association
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