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Border Collie Dogs

A very healthy and active young adult Border Collie A very intelligent brown and white young adult Border Collie A close up of a Border Collie's characteristic sharp ears A health maturing Border Collie puppy A young adult Border Collie lying neatly A close up of a Border Collie's beautiful long nose and soft, brown coat A close up of a black and white Border Collie's beutiful long nose and attentive ears A trained Border Collie in the perfect environment for herding An adult Border Collie showing off it's nimble physique An adult Border Collie teaching a puppy how to play An intelligent Border Collie lying neatly, waiting for some commands Four Border Collies, each with different coloured coats


Dogs have been used for hundreds of years to herd animals, but the Border Collie is a master of it. The breed was standardised by 1906, but on it's working ability not on it's appearance. It was simply classed as a Sheep dog. The name Border Collie was adopted by 1915, based on it's origin around the Scottish/English borders.


Seen as the most intelligent of all dogs breeds, the Border Collie needs constant mental stimulation. They are bred to herd and that is what they do; whether it is sheep, other dogs or children! They tend not to do too well with other animals within the home, as their herding instincts tend to take over. They have an excess of energy and a high desire to work. As such they need lots of walks. Many owners take part in agility competitions, frisbee catching or Fly ball. The dogs love anything to do with exercise and thrive when working. It is not possible to just allow a Border Collie access to your garden and expect it to be happy. It needs to work. A lack of physical and mental stimulation will result in destructive behaviour. They have an overactive brain that never switches off and will often just stand and stare at you. They do make a loyal, dependable companion and will do anything for you, but need an owner that has lots of time to dedicate to long walks. Border Collies do shed a fair amount of their smooth and rough hair and need regular grooming.


Border Collies have very intelligent and energetic temperaments. This is not a dog for the lazy and will only be happy when they are given sufficient mental and physical stimulation.

They tend to form a tight bond with their handler and can be reserved towards other dogs and people. Outside of working they do well in obedience and agility being eager to please and very quick learners.

Health Problems

Health problems that may affect Border Collies include canine hip dysplasia (CHD), elbow dysplasia, epilepsy and Collie eye anomaly (inherited condition which in severe cases can cause blindness).

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 10 - 17 years
  • Weight: 12 - 20 kg
  • Height: Males 20 - 23" Females 18 - 21"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Medium
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Country
  • Minimum Home Size: Small House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
  • Breed Type: Herding
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: High
  • Exercise Required: Over 2 hours

Border Collie Pictures

A border collie dog - throw me the frizby.
A dog running across a field
a small white border collie puppy with brown spots
Ienkö border collie hip displasia 5 years old my man
2 black and whites and a red and white border collie
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Star on the beach in cornwall
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Star the border collie waiting for his toy

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