Border Collies are energetic dogs that want to work. They were originally bred to work sheep and are happiest when they are working. They are known for staring at the sheep to intimidate.
They are especially good ranch dogs for herding cattle. They are often used at rodeos during the bull riding events to help herd the bull back into the shoot. They take on the massive bulls by nipping at the heels. They are quick and agile so they can quickly get out of the way of the bull’s head and horns.
They have been used to chase wild birds, such as Canadian Geese off small airport runways and golf courses.
Description: Medium sized dogs that come in a variety of colors. Although most are black and white. They have a double coat of fur so shedding is a problem. I know this from my personal experience. My daughter has a Border Collie and is constantly picking up dog fur.
Intelligence: Very intelligent. They are known to be the most intelligent dogs. They learn commands very quickly and are quite easy to train. They are very loyal and protective of their owners. I have known one that sat outside and guarded his owner’s boots all day until the owner returned home. They do make good guard dogs.
Exercise: They can be very demanding dogs that need a lot exercise and mental stimulation. They do not make good dogs for apartment living because they need room to roam and work. They can be quite destructive if not given the needed attention and exercise.
Health and Grooming: Generally pretty healthy, especially if you get them from a reputable breeder. It is best to use a high quality dry pet food made of natural products and grain free. It toenails clipped, teeth and ears checked. They should be brushed at least once a week to help prevent matting of their fur and also to help control the shedding problem.
If you are in need of a good working dog and have lots of room for them to run and exercise, then the Border Collie is the dog for you. They are loyal, smart, and like to work. Conduct your research and make sure you find a reputable breeder from whom to buy your dog.
If you have a local Humane Society, it is best to check with them to see if they have a Border Collie that fits your needs. You may also go online to find a one to adopt that needs a good home.
Remember, once you get your Border Collie, be sure to provide appropriate food, shelter, training, and love. They are very loyal and will work for you as well as guard and protect your family.