Border Collie

Border Collies are typically black and white medium size breeds. They measure anywhere from 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder when full grown, weigh anywhere from 30 to 45 pounds and a typical life span for a border collie is 12 to 16 years, they are from the herding group of dog breeds. Lots of people believe that border collies are one of the smartest breeds due to their ability to impose on the sheep when herding, but be very careful, though, as they may try to impose that will on you.

Border Collies are very smart, intense workaholics that aim to please; their focus is legendary. That being said, if they become bored, they can wreak havoc very quickly. Border Collies can be very good companions when paired with an owner that can keep them busy with doggy sports like Agility, Flyball, flying disc games, herding trials, obedience, and tracking. Teaching a border collie to do chores around the house or farm is another good way to keep them from getting bored and into mischief. Keep in mind that if you are thinking of getting a Border Collie, it takes a lot of time and patience to do the training that is necessary to keep both dog and owner happy and fulfilled.

Border Collies can be wary of strangers and are very loyal and protective. It is strongly recommended that you start to socialize with your border collie early and frequently to avoid them becoming shy or aggressive in the presence of people that they do not know or recognize. Border collies can be highly sensitive to noise. They may develop anxiety about thunderstorms, for example, if they are not accustomed to loud and unexpected noises. Border collies are very good watchdogs and will alert you to anything out of the ordinary. Because they very alert watchdogs, they can have a tendency to be barkers, ensure that you teach your border collie appropriate barking behaviour when they are young. This will help keep them from becoming a nuisance in the future.

Border Collies are known to be hearty and healthy dogs; however, they can be affected by some genetic diseases, the following are some of those diseases:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (Group of eye disorders ranging from Minor to Serious)
  • Epilepsy may also occur in the border collie breed

Border Collies have double coats that can be two different types. One type is short and smooth and can sometimes feather on the front legs. The second coat is known as a rough coat and is medium to long with hair that is flat or slightly wavy. Border Collies do require brushing once or twice weekly to help loosen and remove dead hair. It will also help keep their shedding to a minimum. Checking their ears weekly is recommended, cleaning with a generic ear cleaning when dirty. Check nails weekly and trim them when long and not worn down. It is also recommended that you brush your border collies' teeth at least once daily to keep your teeth clean and your breath smelling fresh.

Like any other pet, it is recommended that you take your border collie to the veterinarian for regular checkups, vaccinations, and flea, tick, and parasite prevention.

Written by: Shannon Knox, Clinic Manager