The World of Amazing Border Collies....
(L-R: Phoebe - Chocolate, Hershey - Blue-Merle and Benji - Black-White from DiamondIsle Kennel)
The World of Amazing Border Collies!
The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.
Border Collie Other names Scottish Sheepdog(sometimes confused with the related Welsh Sheepdog)Origin United KingdomEnglish-Scottish border
Male 14–20 kg (31–44 lb)Female 12–19 kg (26–42 lb)
Male 48–56 cm (19–22 in)Female 46–53 cm (18–21 in)
(L-R: Millie - Black-White, Jadie - Chocolate and Guinness - Red-White from DiamondIsle Kennel)
Smooth or rough double coat
Solid coloured, bicoloured or tricoloured on blue merle, red merle, chocolate merle, liver, lilac merle, bear, chocolate, lilac, blue, sable merle, sable, shaded sable, chocolate sable, black, white, red, or brindle, or orange,
10–15 years, average 12 years
Hardy and healthy except some hereditary Collie Eye Anomaly, Epilepsy and Hip Dysplasia
Highly trainable, excel in most dog sports
Children Not suitable for family with kids younger than 6 years old as your BCs see children as their sheep and goes into herding overdrive
12 characters you ought to know about owning a BCs;
1. A Highly intelligent dog, if you do not train him, he will become a pain in your neck, is with his intelligent, he is an escape artist, 2. Very Active breed. You will need to play and walk him daily, BC is not a couch potato, 3. BC intense Stare. You will have a dog that is fixated on any animals, things or objects, 4. Stimulated Mentally. Because he is so smart, if you can work him out mentally or giving him a job to do, he will turn your crazy with his undispensed energy, 5. Ball-all-the-time. Yes, this is a breed that can play fetch ball all day long, or after a short rest after a good play, he will recharge and all ready to go again, 6. Reserve-shy towards people. BC is not suitable as a guard dog. They are reserved but can be warm up easily, 7. Always into herding overdrive. BC periodically or frequently will go into herding overdrive, he will herd anything, people, kids, animals etc, 8. Sharp Eye. With a sharp eye it means, he stares at any moving things; joggers, bikers, blazers, dogs, cats, birds, almost or not everything that moves, 9. Good work ethic - Workaholic. Yes BC is the workhorse of its class, the finest premier sheepdog for farmers and cattle owners, if you give him a job, he will definitely do it well, 10. Quick-thinking. Yes, he is so quick-witted, if you let him decide what he wants to do, all hell will break loose. Management is the key, 11. Non-stop action. Yes, with BC, you will not have free time. All your free time will be playing fetch, tug-o-war, frisbee etc ... unless you absolutely love actions, this breed might be too much for you to handle.
12. Very Sensitive dog. Often very sensitive to owner's command and always able to predicts owner's actions.
So before you start looking at Border Collies or any breed, I would recommend you to do some quality research on the breed, characteristics, and nature.
A good & responsible dog ownership starts by knowing you owe the dog their lifetime. Lots of LOVE, HUG, and KISSES from you and your dog will love you back without reservation.
As always have fun & stay positive!
Positive is not permissive ...
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