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Border Collie Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Border Collie so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginEngland Scotland Wales
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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Other Names
What other names does the Border Collie have? The dog breed also known as...
Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Border Collie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Border Collie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Border Collie breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubThe American Int. Border Collie RegistryThe American Border Collie Association
Price
How much does the Border Collie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Border Collie price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Border Collie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Border Collie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Border Collie gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Border Collie size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Border Collie weigh? Border Collie weight:
Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Border Collie? Border Collie average weight:
Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Border Collie? Border Collie height:
Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Border Collie average height:
Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Border Collie have? What does this canine coat look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Border Collie's coat?
BrindleLilacSableBlue GoldRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Border Collie and how often?
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Border Collie, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Border Collie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Scotch Sheep Dog? Border Collie shedding level:
Border Collies shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Border Collie have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IntelligentAlertTenaciousProtectiveEnergeticResponsiveLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Border Collie? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Border Collie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Border Collies are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Border Collie sensitivity:
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Scotch Sheep Dog need? Border Collie social needs:
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Border Collie dogs bark a lot? Why does my Sheepdog bark?
High: The Border Collie is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Border Collie good as a watchdog?
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Border Collie dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Border Collie dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Border Collie can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Border Collie will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Border Collie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Scotch Sheep Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Border Collie? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Border Collie do?
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Border Collies need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Border Collie to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Border Collie roam?
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Border Collie have high prey drive?
Border Collies have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Border Collie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Border Collie dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Border Collie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Border Collie and children:
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Border Collie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Border Collie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Border Collie dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Border Collies good office dogs? Do Border Collies make good office friendly dogs? Can Border Collies be ofiice dogs?
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Border Collie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Scotch Sheep Dog temperament with senior people? Are Border Collie dogs good for elderly owners?
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Border Collie dogs get along with other pets? Are Border Collie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Border Collie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Border Collie be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Border Collie breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Border Collie be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Border Collie breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Border Collie be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Border Collie breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Border Collie be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Border Collie breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Border Collie be a boat dog?
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Border Collie be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Border Collie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Border Collie dogs have health problems?
Egészségesek Border Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Border Collie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Border Collie breed? Health risks of Border Collie:
AllergiesCollie Eye AnomalyEpilepsyHip DysplasiaOsteochondrosis DissecansProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Border Collie dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Border Collie be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Border Collie breed hypoallergenic?
No
Border Collies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Border Collie have?
Border Collies are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Border Collie dogs require per day?
Border Collies need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Border Collies don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Border Collie need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Border Collie risk for obesity:
Average. The Border Collie has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Border Collie's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Border Collie drool?
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Border Collie could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Border Collie. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Border Collie puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Border Collie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Border Collie have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Border Collie have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Border Collie

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Border Collies are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Border Collies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Mouthiness: Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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