The Border Collie is a working dog, considered the smartest dog among all breeds, so he learns very quickly.
Dogs of this breed need to be busy all the time.
Because otherwise they get bored and can engage in annoying behaviors like barking, digging holes, chasing cars…
The Origin of the Border Collie
The Roman occupation of Britain affected every aspect of the lives of the people who lived there, including dog breeding.
To help with daily work, the Romans used large, heavy sheepdogs, which were used for over three centuries in the British countryside.
However, when the Vikings began to invade Britain, they brought smaller and faster Spitz-type sheepdogs with them.
Dogs that are the progenitors of some contemporary dog breeds, such as the Icelandic Shepherd.
Crosses between these two breeds led to the birth of small, agile sheepdogs, well suited to working in the hilly and rocky regions of Scotland and Wales.
This is the story of the Border Collie.
The Border Collie Personality
Dogs of this breed like and need to be busy all the time.
In the absence of sheep or some sort of work to do, they might be devoted to playing with the kids, or they might chase cars or other pets.
Border Collies, if not properly socialized as puppies, can become fearful or shy animals as adults.
That’s why it’s good that they have contact with many people in different places, so that they can gain trust.
Border Collies are the best sheepdogs in the world.
They have energy and vigor to give and sell, so much so that they are capable of covering 70 km or more a day.
So a brisk walk or a short day out is not enough for them.
For those who prefer a quiet animal, it will certainly be exhausting and even maddening to follow its intense physical and mental activity.
The Border Collie is a sheepdog, which means that it has a natural predisposition to dominate flocks, which can be sheep, cats or anything that moves, including cars…
Their herding instinct, barking and energy should not be repressed, but channeled.
As such, the Border Collie will be a great dog to live with.
If you socialize and train him from a young age, the Border Collie can adapt to almost any situation that involves some physical and mental activity.
He is an ideal dog for people who are as active as he is.
Especially those who like dog sports, as they excel in all activities: agility tests, flyball, flying disc, advanced obedience, freestyle obedience or tracking.
Whoever trains him correctly will find a treasure in him.
Border Collie training and management
If you want your Border Collie to be obedient, you need to start training him from an early age.
Dogs of this breed learn quickly and remember the teachings they have received throughout their lives.
Every Border Collie needs proper training, which isn’t always easy due to their excessive enthusiasm: that’s why it takes time.
It is necessary to teach him which are the right behaviors and which are the wrong ones, so this is not possible without adequate and consistent training.
A Border Collie may not be the best dog for people with children.
But if you train this dog well, everyone will be blessed by your unconditional love.
It is an affectionate and loyal animal, but it can also be obedient: you just have to train it.
The Border Collie’s coat can be of two types: semi-long or short. Its top coat is dense, its undercoat soft and dense.
But brushing is identical in both cases, which should preferably be done once or twice a week, or more often when necessary.
During the shedding, daily brushing is recommended.
As with all breeds, the Border Collie’s nails should be trimmed regularly (if he doesn’t naturally wear them down).
The Border Collie’s ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection.
Your teeth should be brushed regularly.
Features of the Border Collie
Border Collies are medium-sized sheepdogs.
It weighs (approximately) between 13 and 20 kilos and can have a height that varies between 48 to 56 cm in the male and between 46 to 53 cm in the female.
Having a life expectancy around 10 to 17 years.
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