The Border Collie has its origins in the grazing border country between England and Scotland. It has been adopted as an Australian working dog because of its outstanding qualities as a sheepdog. All of today’s registered Border Collies have been bred from the original working dogs. The first recorded import of a Border Collie was in 1901.
A well proportioned dog, the smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and perfect balance.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Thorough combing and brushing weekly is needed to remove dead coat and ensure no matting is occurring, especially after water exercise.
- Coat Type: Border Collies are double coated dogs with a short thick undercoat and a moderately long medium textured top coat.
- Moulting: Moderate.
- Exercise Needs: A 30 minute walk each morning and evening to keep your Border fit, alert and happy. Along with training to keep them mentally stimulated and alert.
- Average Life Span: 12 to 14 years old although some have lived until they were 18.
- Family: They are very family orientated and MUST be part of it in every sense of the word, they are not a dog to be left in the backyard.
- Temperament: Keen, alert, active, inquisitive, intelligent, loyal and faithful companion.
- Trainability: Intelligent and minds are like sponges, absorbing all new tasks with an eagerness and willingness to please. Love to learn new tasks and tricks all their life.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Prefers to socialise with their breed but is quite able to be sociable with any pet.
- Barking: Low tendency – but if an issue training can control this & turn it into a controlled ‘trick’.
Excel in obedience, agility, herding or rally-o trials, fly ball, dancing with dogs, heelwork to music.
An ethical breeder will have tested both parents for TNS, CL and CEA and have had their hips and elbows scored.