The Border Collie originates from sheepdogs on the British Isles and was developed on the border of England and Scotland (after which it was eventually named). The BC has remained true to its origins as a hardy, diligent working dog. In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria became quite fond of the breed and likely contributed to its legacy as the ideal sheep-herding dog breed.
Over the years, the BC has upheld its reputation ans a highly intelligent worker. The breed has been highly successful at herding, agility, Frisbee, and many other activities. The Border Collie was officially recognized by the AKC in 1995.
May be solid color, bi-color, tri-color, merle or sable. Usually seen in black, blue, blue merle, brindle, gold, lilac, red, or red merle (with or without patches of white).
Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Osteochondrosis (OCD)
About the Breed:
The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog that is very athletic, highly intelligent and has plenty of energy. This breed is extremely driven, loyal and hard-working. A happy Border Collie is a working or playing Border Collie.
BCs have medium-length hair that should be groomed routinely. Regular brushing is especially important. BCs are known for their alert expressions, ready-to-go attitudes and strong instincts. The breed is among the smartest of dogs and learns new things with ease. Training is absolutely essential and should not be very difficult.
While BCs are superb herding dogs, they also excel in most dog sports – especially Frisbee and agility. Above all, the BC needs tons of exercise and plenty of activities to keep its mind occupied.
Border Collies also make excellent companions for the right household. Their tendency to herd may make them less ideal for small children. However, older, gentle kids can do quite well with the breed. Overall, this is a much-loved and celebrated dog breed that bonds closely with its human companions.