Dog Breeds 101: Border Collie

1-facethreequartersFor many people the Border Collie is the ideal dog, and the breed they picture when you mention a dog! Border Collies fall into the category of herding dogs. They are a medium size dog reaching between 1’6″ and 1’10” and weighing between 30 and 45 pounds. They are a generally healthy breed with a lifespan of between 12 and 15 years. Although they like all dogs have some breed specific disorders. Border Collies can be prone to seizures, Collie Eye Anomaly, hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia.

Border-Collie-3Border Collies are not normally considered a family dog unless with an experienced owner who can direct their natural herding behaviours in a productive direction. Without proper direction Border Collies will herd anything that moves, including children. This means they can nip, nudge and bark. Their natural herding behaviours and great intelligence means that Border Collies are at risk of escaping. Fenced gardens are a must!

b1They definitely aren’t lap dogs as they were bred to work, because of this they will need plenty of mental and physical stimulation. However, if Border Collies are socialised well and their mental and physical needs are met they can adapt to any living situation.

thumb-1920-471212I hope this post has helped your decision on whether a Border Collie is for you! If you need any advice or tips please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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