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.
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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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