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Border Collie

The ultimate herder, the Border Collie is a medium-sized, well-proportioned dog. The Border Collie dog breed dates back to the 1700’s although it was not given its present name until 1915 being previously known as the Scottish Collie or the Working Collie. The name derives from the border regions of England, Scotland and Wales where they originally showed their worth, working sheep in the hills and mountains. Their intelligence, speed and versatility have brought the Border Collie success in many canine activities such as obedience, agility and as a sniffer dog for detecting explosives and drugs.

Known for their tireless energy, stamina and working drive, this breed is one of the most active and always wanting to please. Originally bred for herding sheep, Border collies are still used as working dogs on farms today but have also become much loved family pets. They make the ideal dog for active owners who will take them out on lots of adventures and make sure they have plenty to do all the time. Because of their herding instincts, they are protective of their family and territory and make excellent watchdogs. They will look out for the family kids. Although they get along well with children and other pets they are raised with, they can be reserved and sometimes snappish with strangers, nipping at the heels the same way they would nip at sheep if herding. They should be socialised well from the time they are young to prevent shyness around strangers, and they should have obedience training, which can help deter nipping behaviour and a tendency to run off or chase cars.

Read about the history of Border Collies – HERE


Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKPastoral
Bred ForHerding Sheep and Cattle
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginUK
TemperamentAttentive, lively and intelligent
Exercise Needed At least 2 hours per day
Size of Home NeededSmall house, large garden
Height at Withers – FemalesSlightly less than 53 cm / 21 in
Height at Withers – Males53 cm / 21 in
GroomingMore than once a week
Life SpanOver 12 years
  • A talented border collie named Striker holds the record for Fastest Car Window Opened by a Dog. The canine rolled down the non-electric car window in 11.34 seconds.
  • Border Collies are believed to be one of the most intelligent breeds in the world.
  • Border Collies have all kinds of jobs, but one career you probably haven’t heard of is “goose master.” One Florida company trains Border Collies to keep geese off people’s property.
  • Border collies can move swiftly in a catlike, crouched position, thanks to a space between the tops of the shoulder blades, which lets the dogs slither by while staying low to the ground.
  • There is a Border Collie called Chaser that is known as the smartest dog in the world and she knows over a thousand objects by their name.


Breed standards vary throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about the Border Collie.


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Border Collie breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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