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Dog Breed of the Week: Border Collie

By October 31, 2012

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The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent and agile of all dogs. Sadly, this breed is often misunderstood. Some think it is hyperactive, destructive and difficult to train. The truth is quite the opposite. The Border Collie, or BC is among the easiest dogs to train if you know what you are doing. If not, you will have a dog with so much pent up energy, that he must find another way to release it (perhaps by ripping up your couch or running off through the neighborhood). The key to keeping a BC happy is to give him a job to do. "Eager to please" hardly describes the dynamic BC. These dogs are driven! Plus, they make affectionate and loyal companions.

The Border Collie is definitely not the right breed for everyone. Unfortunately, some people find they are in over their heads if the get a BC without researching first. These dogs need to work - whether that means herding sheep, competing in disc dog trial, or tearing up your house. Don't let the latter happen. Give your BC a job. Border Collies typically excel as disc dogs, agility competitors and herders. Why? Because the combination of their smarts and fervor is the perfect recipe for success in dog sports. BCs are naturally athletic, agile and brainy. If you get a Border Collie and treat him right, you will have a canine soul-mate for life. BCs bond very closely with their humans, especially if they participate in activities together.

Are you enamored with the amazing Border Collie? Tell us about yours: Share your story.

If you are thinking about adding this breed to your home, read all about Border Collies first. If indeed this is the right breed for you, then a wonderdog is in your near future.

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Comments

November 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm
(1) Scott says:

We got our Border Collie, Tator as in couch potato-long story,at a shelter in 2003 listed on Petfinder. We went to see him and knew immediately he was our newest family member. He was about 5 months old and apparently got lost and ended up at the shelter. He is sooooooooo smart, he even seems to learn things without really training him for it, and even now 9 years later he can still learn new things very easily. He’s just amazing and VERY much a part of our family. My wife calls out “BOYFRIEND” and he comes running ready for more belly rubs.

November 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm
(2) Bob Bruce says:

We have a St. Bernard/Border Collie mix that was three years old when we rescued her. Iris is so well tuned into our family that I find myself talking to her like I would another adult. She is the keeper of our house, staking out the hallway where she can monitor all traffic, or dozing on the front porch, where she can alert us if we get a visitor. She is so polite and intelligent that our neighbors call her the “Zen” dog.

She trained our other rescue dog on how to stay together during our daily walk as I walk both unleashed in the local nature preserves. Neither stray out of site, and are always cognizant of my location and direction. Other people question me how I can walk my dogs unleashed. I answer, “She’s a border collie. I don’t walk them; they walk me.”

I will say that even with the lower energy St. Bernard personality, she is not a dog for someone for a couch potato. She has to have a job, and has to always be involved. I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

November 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm
(3) CONNIE says:

WE HAD A ST BERNARD/BORDER COLLIE MIX=HE WAS THE BEST PER WE EVER HAD. I TOO TALKED TO HIME LIKE I WOULD AND ADULT EVERONE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW HOW I TRAINED HIM. HE JUST WAS WHAT HE WAS. I MISS HIM AND WOULD LIKE ANOTHER MIX LIKE HIM. ANYBODY HAVE ONE?

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