This working farm dog is famous for his intimidating "eye" – a fixed, hypnotic stare as he crouches low and creeps up on the sheep.
One of the most intelligent of all breeds, the Border Collie is also one of the most challenging to live with.
Quite a few Border Collies are brilliant escape artists. If you have one of these dogs, your fences should be 6-8 feet high, with wire sunk into the ground along the fence line to thwart digging. Gates should be extra-secure, as clever Border Collies can virtually pick the lock.
Standoffish by nature, Border Collies need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness.
Who couldn’t love a Border Collie? These loyal, clever, hard-working and energetic dogs warm the heart of anybody who has chanced upon sheep dog trials broadcast on TV.
These handsome dogs are not just working animals but also make good pets owing to their intelligence and adaptability.
Border Collies generally live an average of 12 to 15 years.
Males usually weigh from 30 to 45 pounds while females are lighter at 27 to 42 pounds.
Border Collies are famous frisbee and agility champions. With an intense, watchful eye they tackle every task put before them with the focus of an Olympic Athlete. Watching a Border Collie at work, whether in a field or on an agility course is truly breathtaking. They love to take on new tasks, and make the ideal dog for farmers and ranchers.
The Border Collie is a good family dog, as long as he is raised properly and receives training when he's young. He gets along with children and other pets, though his instinct to herd will cause him to nip, chase, and bark at kids (especially very young children) and animals if his herding instincts aren't otherwise directed. As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
My Border Collie often gives me the eye. Since she does not want to herd me, maybe she just wants to go outside for exercise, get a treat or something. In any case when I get the eye I know she wants something. Usually a treat will do.
Our family had a border collie that was 1/8 German Sheppard so a little larger than most. I will not bore others with all the things she did and her ability to figure things out. We had to spell bath and, yes she learned that on her own, did not like bath. After her bath she would hop up on outside A/C unit to dry. At Christmas we would say Lisa, find your gift under the tree which was wrapped like all the others, she would walk over and pick it out. My father knew she was getting old so got another smaller dog to be training. It was not house broken, and while in training, if that dog messed on the floor during the night Lisa would wake up my father and take him to that location and point to it telling on the other dog! There are so many stories, and we miss her so very much.
The only thing I would add is that not all Border Collies are the soft lovable pet type dog. You know that farm Collie that races along the hedge line barking at you with a don’t mess with me I’ll have you, bark? That’s our Border collie, loves me and my wife to bits. Super loyal gentle and affectionate with us but not bothered or actively disliking of other humans especially if they are encroaching on our space. Each dog has its own character and in Border Collies (I’ve owned two and one cross now) all were different but all had character traits someone who wants an easy amiable companion might not want in a dog. My last Collie loved human beings but hated other dogs. The Collie cross had a wanderlust like Lassie and would always be disappearing on me! And Our current fella well we’ve talked about him already. The most loyal loving companion I’ve had but not Mr Friendly to everyone else! Border Collies are the most rewarding dog and as a companion and a true team mate un beatable, but cute pets they are not. They can be difficult, and temperamental like any super clever human 😉 I love em but not everyone will. Think carefully do you want a team mate or a fluffy pet? If you want a true companion and team mate then BCs are the best.
I don't own a Border Collie, but my neighbor does. Based on what he has told me, get a bike and get ready for some very long rides.
Border collies need a lot of walking at least 2 hours a day. They will get bored easily as well So need a lot of things to stimulate their minds
It sounds like you have done a lot of research about Border Collies and have put quite a bit of thought into this. My boyfriend and I got a Border Collie as our first puppy together (although we both had dogs growing up) and we have never been happier. We did rearrange our schedules so we can play with her or walk her at least every 4 hours during the week (one of us would take a long lunch). We would also do doggy day care or have a friend come over if we both had an 8-12 hr day. The positives of my BC way outweigh those small drawbacks. She is so smart and all she wants to do is please you. I will never have anything but a BC for the rest of my life. So if you really want a BC and you've done the research, get the dog.
My border collie licks concrete and eats bark...but he knows the name for each of his toys and can do around 10 tricks! He is supersmart but super weird too
My border collie would sit on one side of our yard during thunderstorms and just stare over the fence. Every time she heard thunder, she would bark twice then run exactly one lap to the other side of the yard and back, then sit in the same spot and wait for the next thunder. She wore out a path in the yard from always running the exact same route
Border Collies are one of smartest breeds in the world and many individuals are eager to please and learn quickly. Yet many Border Collies are frustratingly difficult for the average person to train.
They definitely are the smartest breed.
My first dog was a border collie from rescue. He was amazing, so gentle calm and obedient. Many people couldn’t believe he was a border collie because he was so laid back (that is, until he saw an animal to herd!).
He was great with kids too – very gentle and calm, never nipped, and would fetch and play tug gently with even very small children (taking care not to overpower them or pull them over in tug games). He was so helpful around the home – he’d come get me if I hadn’t heard the phone or the door (without barking, he’d just come and look at me and then lead me to the phone / door) and he’d come to get me if I’d left something on the stove too long and it was starting to burn.
I taught him loads of tricks – fetching his toys by name and putting the toys away in his toy basket for example.
We used to go hiking at the weekends and he’d find trails for me to walk. If I got lost I’d ask him to “find the car” and he’d show me the way back (he never got lost).
I live in a small apartment and that’s where he lived with me so it can be done 🙂
I miss him so much. It was like losing a child when he died.
Border collies are amazing.