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The Border Collie is a moderate-sized breed that has lots of energy and is similar to the Australian Shepherd. It has a broad skull, and the ears will be slightly perked.

Border Collie Description

The eyes are oval-shaped, and maybe dark brown or blue in color. The teeth of the ideal Border Collie should have a scissors bite, and while the tail may be raised when the dog is energetic, it should not be held over the back for extended periods of time.

There are two variations of this breed, and one will have smooth fur, while the other will have fur that is coarse. The coat color for this breed should be white, black, red, and gray. The Border Collie was bred primarily for its ability to work, so a higher emphasis is often placed on intelligence rather than beauty.

The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent and lovable breeds of dog. Border Collies love to play, and they are a great choice for people who want an active companion. These energetic dogs are always eager to please their owners. They love to go for walks, play ball, play fetching games, and most of all they love to herd. Their herding instincts are very apparent in the way they play and interact with people and other pets.

Border Collies have a long and interesting history. According to the website publication entitled "Border Collies", which was written and published by April M Quist, Border Collies were originally from the area bordering England and Scotland. It says there is documentation of this breed that dates as far back as the sixteenth century. The same article says the Border Collie has had several different names over the years. This dog has been called the Old-Fashioned Collie, English Collie, Working Collie, and Farm Collie. In 1915 this breed of dog was named the Border Collie by the International Sheepdog Society of Great Britain.

Border Collies are an attractive breed of dog. The website article entitled "About Border Collies", published by the Carolina Border Collie Rescue, describes the physical characteristics of the Border Collie. It says this breed typically weighs thirty-five to fifty-five pounds. They usually have long fur, but there are exceptions. These dogs are usually black and white, but they can be other colors. Some other possibilities are light black or red, white and black with tan highlights, red and white with tan highlights, or white and red. Although these are the most common, there are other possible color combinations.

The website publication entitled "Border Collie Characteristics", published by the United States Border Collie Club, Inc., provides the following information on the personality and tendencies of this breed of dog. It says the Border Collie was originally bred as a working dog. They are considered one of the top sheep herding breeds worldwide. This highly intelligent breed instinctively rounds up livestock and guides them back to the sheep farmer by following various commands. While working, the Border Collie's focus is entirely on the job at hand. Their eyes are on the flock, head down low, hindquarters up, and the tail is generally positioned between the legs. "Border Collies" says this breed's herding tendencies are often displayed with people, pets, and even moving objects. If not properly trained, this tendency can be a problem with small children. It can also be a danger to the dog since this breed is known to chase moving vehicles.

"Border Collie Characteristics" says this breed sheds and has a thick, winter undercoat which should be brushed out when warm weather arrives. Regularly brushing will help control unwanted shedding fur in the home, and it will keep the dog's coat attractive and tangle-free. Border Collies also love the attention and enjoy regular grooming.

When choosing a Border Collie puppy, it is important to inquire about the health and any inherent abnormalities of the parents. Some medical concerns of this breed are listed by "Border Collies", and they are as follows.

Osteochondritis desicans can affect a young Border Collie's joint function. Dogs are usually six months to a year old when they are stricken with this debilitating disease. The cause of osteochondritis is thought to be linked to an excess of vitamins and minerals and too rapid of growth. The recommended course of action is surgery and /or inactivity.

Canine hip dysplasia is a problem that medium to large dogs are subject to. A dog that has hip dysplasia will appear to be stiff when getting up after resting or after vigorous play. This disorder sometimes affects Border Collies when they reach middle age and appears as a mild case of arthritis. This problem often gets worse with time. Treatment for canine hip dysplasia often involves surgery, pain relievers, controlled exercise, and rest. It is important to adopt  a puppy after it has been checked and certified against hip dysplasia.

Epilepsy is a serious problem that Border Collies are inclined to have. No tests are available to check for this disorder, so it is important to ask if there is any history of epilepsy before choosing a puppy. Epilepsy in dogs can be kept under control with medications, but for some dogs, medications do not prevent seizures and death.

Progressive and central retinal atrophy are eye disorders that can effect the Border Collie. Dogs with these eye disorders , at around the age of two, will exhibit symptoms of night blindness that slowly progresses to complete blindness. Puppies can be checked for these disorders, and it is important to see medical certificates before deciding on a puppy.

Another eye disorder that causes blindness in Border Collies is collie eye anomaly. Tests are available for puppies, and they should be administered from the age of six to ten weeks. This is also a disorder that a puppy can and should be certified against. It is important to insist on this test before adopting a puppy.

A Border Collie is a pleasure to own and will provide lots of unconditional love. All that is asked in return is a loving home with lots of attention and time reserved for play. The Border Collie will constantly amaze you with its degree of intelligence. They are truly a wonderful breed of dog to adopt as a member of your family

Border Collie

Temperament

The Border Collie is a highly intelligent breed. They are quick to obey commands, and they enjoy receiving praise from their masters. Because of their intelligence, Border Collies are easy to train. They are also very agile, and a number of competitions have been held to showcase their agility. Though the Border Collie will generally get along with children and other dogs, it may be hostile to some male dogs. Once the Border Collie gets older, it may attempt to dominate those that care for it, and is not an ideal family dog.

Health Problems

While Border Collies tend to be healthy, they may develop hip dysplasia, eye disorders, and PRA. Fleas are known for causing allergic reactions in some Border Collies. This breed has a maximum life expectancy of 15 years.

Exercise

Border Collies need extensive amounts of exercise. In addition to their physical health, these dogs thrive on being mentally stimulated as well. Border Collies are not good for those that live in small apartments or homes. Owners will want to have a large yard, and these dogs should be taken on long walks. They enjoy playing with balls, and they were also bred to enjoy hard work as well. These dogs are not recommended for owners who don’t have enough time or space to give to them.

Special Grooming Needs

This breed has a coat that need to be combed or brushed on a consistent basis. Owners will need to spend a lot of time caring for these dogs when they begin shedding fur. You will want to check your Border Collie for ticks as much as possible. These dogs shed a standard amount of fur.