Border Collie

General Facts :

The Border Collie is a medium-sized energetic dog that looks similar with the Australian Shepherd but without a bobtail. The dog’s body is a little bit longer than the height at the withers. The skull is fairly wide with a distinct stop while the muzzle tapers to the black nose. The dog’s oval eyes are usually dark-brown colored except in merles where they may be blue. The Border Collie comes in two varieties: one with coarse hair ( straight, thick and about 3 inches long ) and the other one with sleek hair ( about 1 inch long ).

Speaking of the coat, it comes in several color combinations, as follows: black & white, tri-color, red & white, black & gray or all black. The hair on the ears, front legs and face is short and sleek. The Border Collie is known to be a very intelligent and responsive dog that excels at obedience and agility. These dogs are very sensitive and easy to train, making them a very good choice for goose hunting but also for other bird hunts. The dog is very energetic with great stamina resources and if it’s sufficiently exercised and kept occupied it will get along just fine with other dogs.

Origin :

The Border Collie is originated in Northumberland at the Scottish-England border. The dog descends from the old British Droving breeds with several spaniel mixings. This is one of the most trainable dogs in the world, used not only for hunting purposes but also for bomb and narcotics detection.

Dimensions :

Height : Between 19 and 22 inches ( approximately 48 to 56 centimeters )
Weight : Between 30 an 45 pounds ( approximately 14 to 20 kilos )

Additional Information :

The Border Collie will get along with other dogs and children but they shouldn’t be trusted with small non-canine pets. In order to be entirely happy, the dog needs: extensive daily exercise, ongoing attention and something to do. If they are ignored or bored they have the tendency to become destructive and in some cases can become neurotic which leads to behavior problems.

Not very recommended for apartment living as they are inactive indoors and they will do best in a medium-sized yard. Regarding their health issues, they are prone to hip dysplasia, PRA and eye diseases. Some dogs are allergic to fleas and prone to deafness and epilepsy. Their life expectancy is around 13-14 years.

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