The Border Collie

Here we are taking a look at the Border Collie, clever clogs of the canine world and king of competitions. If you are a Border Collie owner or thinking about getting one of these beautiful breed this post is for you!


  • The Border Collie gets their name from their ancestors, dogs born and bred on the border land between England and Scotland , they were utilized for their sheep-herding abilities.


  • Border Collie come in a wide variety of size and colour as historically they were bred to be a working dog and had to adapt to their surroundings.


  • Border Collie can be almost any colour, including red or completely white.


  • Old hemp is considered the father of the race and was because of him the Border collie herding style was developed.


  • The most popular Border collie stallion was Wiston Cap, the dog who appears on the International sheepherder’s emblem; that conveys the Border collie’s characteristic pose.


  • The Border Collie has been called other names like ‘work collie’, ‘farmer collie’ and the ‘old-fashioned collie’.


  • The Border Collie was not granted full recognition of AKC until 1955, but recognition is firmly opposed for the working Border Collie supporters.


  • Border Collies are super intelligent; intelligence tests on the Border Collie always get great results, one study found a Border Collie who could recall more than 250 objects by name.


  • The record for the ‘fastest car window opened by a dog’ in the book of Guinness world records was set by the Border Collie Striker; his record time is 11,34 seconds.


  • Border Collie are used for more than just sheep-herding; they also make great tracking, rescue and therapy dogs.


  • Border Collie they are sometimes used to hunt birds and animals from the airport tracks and golf course greens.


  • Border Collie for many years have been a Hollywood favourite and continue to be to this day. Lassie being the most recognizable name to come from Hollywood.


  • A Border Collie named Mike starred in ‘Down and out in Beverly hills’.


  • The Border Collie has a long proven history for their sheep herding but is appreciated as pet and companion above everything.


  • The Border Collie reigns king of all competitions.



Health problems for the Border Collie

1. Progressive retinal athropy

The progressive athropy of the retina is a hereditary illness characterised as the degeneration of the photoceptors in the retina, which can cause blindness in the affected individuals.

The illness was described in the 1920s as the Setter Gordon illness, but since then the number of dog breeds affected by this illness has increased.

In humans the illness would be the equivalent to retinitis, it’s characterised as being an painless illness, that affects night vision. Normally the dog owner notices because their dog refuses to do any activity when the light of day starts to go, also the pupils dilute bigger than normal.

Subsequently, the illness affects day vision and colour. It is not painful and is known medically as a recessive illness, meaning it comes from the genes of both parents. The signs don’t start to show until later on, generally after 5 years old.

To control the condition it is necessary to submit samples of the dogs eye exam every 2 years. In these exams they review the back of the eye and retina.


2. Hearing problems

Like in many breeds, sometimes a dog can be completely white, albino or if the majority is white it can be born deaf, as the hearing is somehow linked to the pigmentation in the skin and more specifically the pigmentation of the head and ears.


Relationship with other dogs

 The Border Collies gets on well with other dogs and in the work environment, they are use to living and working like a team. Therefore the Border Collie can live happily with other herd dogs.

The Border Collie can also live happily with small domestic animals, like cats, always introduce them when the dog is small. The Border Collie can have tendencies to ‘sheep herd’ or dominate the smaller animals that live with them.




Living with children

The Border Collies are affectionate, loving and generally kind with children of all ages, but they can be excited and naughty, and can’t see the difference in age when they want someone to play with. The main problem can arise from the Border Collie being too excited and causing injury accidentally, but through training this can be controlled.

However be careful, they may just try and herd your children!

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