Border Collie




This breed is perhaps the best herding dog ever bred for that purpose. It also has to be one of the most intelligent dogs on the planet. It is a supple, strong, athletic animal. One of the most easiest breeds to train, the breed excels at agility sports and agility competitions against other Border Collie dogs. Love to teach a dog new tricks? You got it with the Border Collie. It is so adept that you can train it to do anything: roll over, play dead, catch 15 Frisbee at one time. Well, I am exaggerating a bit but you get the point!




The breed has to be one of the most focused of all breeds. When it is working a herd, nothing will distract the Border Collie from its job. Owning a Border Collie is equated to living in a rural area. This definitely is not a city or apartment dog. It has to be exercised constantly. If this dog is not trained or kept in cramped quarters the dog will become frustrated and destroy everything in sight. Owning this breed means a lot of dedicated hard work. You will be rewarded by a fabulous, loving athlete. They are great with children and their coat is not that difficult to maintain with periodic brushing and combing. I have enjoyed working on them. I saw a lot of them in Ohio where there are lots of empty spaces for the dog to exercise.




Border Collie dogs are very healthy. With all that jumping around, they can be prone to hip dislocations or hip dysplasia as they age. Most people own them as pets and without sheep to herd they will herd children, other pets and moving objects such as motorcycles. That can get them in trouble so if you own a Border Collie, I recommend an Invisible Fence®.  Learn more about the Border Collie at Animal Planet’s® Dog Breed Selector.

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