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Border Collie

Border Collie
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Overview

The Border Collie is a high energy, intelligent herding dog that can trace its origins all the way back to the Roman occupation of the British Isles. During this time, the Romans brought their livestock with them to Britain, as well as their dogs to herd them. After the dissolution of the Roman Empire, the Vikings began invading Britain, bringing their dogs, which were smaller and more agile than those of the Romans. The cross between these two types of dogs would eventually become what we know today as the Border Collie.

Temperament

Border Collies are highly intelligent working dogs and need both mental and physical exercise to keep them from getting into trouble. Their intelligence and focus make them highly trainable and they always one of the top breeds in obedience or athletic competitions. They are simply more focused and driven than many other dogs. Left to their own devices, however, they may find their own activities that their owners are not so happy about. Ensuring that they get enough exercise will help reduce unwanted behavior.

Border Collies were bred to herd and protect livestock and those instincts remain strong in today's breed. They are often very protective of their family and can be very wary of strangers. With that in mind, it is important that these dogs are socialized early on as puppies to help reduce that fear of strangers and prevent any type of fear aggression. With proper training and daily exercise, the Border Collie is fantastic dog that is very loyal and devoted to its owners.

Lifespan

The average lifespan for a Border Collie is approximately 12 years, with a range of 10-14 years. Though the average lifespan is 12 years, absent any serious health conditions and with proper care, they can live much longer. Health problems are usually hereditary, but responsible breeders will look for this in their dogs to reduce health risks and maintain a healthy bloodline.

Shedding

The double coat of the Border Collie should be brushed at least once a week to prevent tangles and remove any debris that might get trapped. This will also help remove some of the loose fur from the coat. Shedding is best described as moderate. While there are dogs that shed more, the Border Collie's coat does require some maintenance. During the shedding season, brushing a few times a week will go a long way in reducing the amount of fur that you find laying around your house.

Conclusion

The Border Collie can be an exceptional companion to those that are willing to socialize and properly train their dog. They are a sought after breed by people with active lifestyles and by those that raise livestock.

You will find them across the country on ranches, at competitions, or chasing their owners down mountain bike trails. The Border Collie wants to be where the action is and will follow you anywhere you go and have energy to spare.
 

Breed Information

Popularity:2018: #38
2017: #38
2016: #38
2015: #38
Origin:United Kingdom
Ireland
Breed Group:Herding (AKC:1995 & UKC)
Size:Medium
Type:Purebred
Life span:12-15 years
Temperament:Intelligent
Energetic
Alert
Responsive
Tenacious
Loyal
Protective
Height:Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm)
Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Weight:Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Colors:Black
Blue
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Litter Size:4-8 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $600 - $800 USD

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Dog names

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2 Lucky Lilly
3 Roscoe Izzy
4 Blue Missie
5 Finn Shelby
6 Romeo Dakota
7 Ziggy Jasmine
8 Thor Winnie
9 Luke Hazel
10 Chance Peanut
11 Sparky Shadow
12 Chico Hannah
13 Copper Cocoa
14 Ranger Gigi
15 Mickey Lucky
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