Thinking about purchasing a Border Collie? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Border Collie breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Border Collie owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Border Collie and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Border Collie Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Border Collie and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Border Collie Breed Profile
The Border Collie is a highly intelligent, hard-working dog that responds quickly and eagerly to training. They are the world's premiere sheepdog unsurpassed in terms of patience, agility and stamina. Border Collies thrive on games and are willing to please. The Border Collie is even tempered, but they need constant physical and mental activity for a well balanced dog. They are medium-sized dogs that come in many different colors including black, brown, red, and blue with tan spots and white in many places. They are well set, lightly muscled all over and squarely built. Their ears are slightly erect and their eyes can be brown, blue, or blue in merles. The Border Collie excels in obedience competitions they are very agile, and have a well proportioned body of lean muscle. Their tails are naturally long and set low. Borders can spend hours stalking sheep, cattle, goats, ducks, chickens, large ants or anything that congregates into a herd or flock. If they have insufficient activity they will find work to do, which could be herding your children. This is the ideal dog for anyone who has their heart set on winning obedience, agility, or sheepherding competitions.
Type: Herding Dog
20 - 23 inches; Females: 18 - 21 inches.
Colors: Two varieties
- rough and smooth. Rough is flat or slightly wavy and medium length. Smooth
is short. Both are thick and straight.
Collies are intelligent, active, loyal, affectionate
and responsive. They are hard working and very energetic. If you are considering
buying this dog be sure the Collie has an outlet for his intense energy. They
are reserved and protective towards strangers, but loving towards family. They
can be disastrously destructive if left alone or not given something to do.
Watch-dog: High. Border
Collies are alert and tend to bark.
Border Collie Care and Exercise:
Border Collies need weekly brushing to remove dead hairs. Bathe
when necessary. Check ears and coat regularly for ticks. The Border Collies
needs extensive exercise and mental stimulation. They need a job or activity
to do every day. An idle Border Collie will become badly behaved and possibly
aggressive, creating disastrous effects on the house.
Activity: Very High, bores
easily if left alone. Needs a job to accomplish. They are often referred to
as "working collies".
Border Collie Health Issues: PRA (Progressive retinal atrophy), hip dysplasia. Other health concerns include Osteochondritis dessicans (OCS), Ceriod Lipofuscinosis, lens luxation, seizures and heart defects. Collie owners have long been concerned about the popularity of looks emphasized over workability, and therefore have worked to make sure the breed remains focused on health, not appearance.
Life Span: 9 - 15 years.
Border Collies are long-lived. They can last well into their teens.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Copyright1997-20013 by Puppy Shop Inc. All rights reserved.
Monday, August 19, 2013